Wheres my male swordtails? PLEASE HELP!

Discussion in 'Swordtails' started by Swordtail7, May 14, 2006.

  1. Swordtail7New MemberMember


    Has anyone ever heard of a female swordtail eating the male?

    My males keep dissapearing! Can someone please explain? ???



  2. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    I looked in my books and the only information I could find seemed to indicate that they are peaceable fish and that the males may argue between themselves, but there is no record in any of my information of females harming the males. It does however, as an aside bit of infromation, say that females may change sexes later in their lives and become males.

    I hope you can find your fish. I am sorry I am unable to provide the information as you have asked, but there just isn't any record of that action.

    Welcome to our forum. I hope your experience here is a pleasant one. We do try to help each other and there are people here who have a lot of fish keeping knowledge. Perhaps one of them can better answer your question as I really have not had personal experience with this species of fish.


  3. Swordtail7New MemberMember

    Oh thank you very much...

    wow... i never knew that females can change sex... learn something new everyday...
    you have been very informing, this forum is great, very interesting and informatable...

    thank you again! :)

    oh i hope he pops up somewhere... :'(

  4. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Did he maybe jump out? Or could he be dead under an ornament?
  5. Swordtail7New MemberMember

    No I don't think he has jumped out, someone would have told me. Or I would have seen him. And I have lifted up everything in the tank to make sure he wasn't under anything.

    But still no where to be seen. I don't think and other fish would have eaten his either, I've only got guppies and now 1 female swordtail.

    This is very bazaar!
  6. GwenzWell Known MemberMember

    I resently lost one of my Zebra Danios. I looked everywhere for him, and couldn't find him. H ejust sort of vanished. :( ??? To this day he's still not found, and I doubt I'll find him now. :'(

    I'm sorry to hear you've lost your fish. :(

    I hope you find them.

    Gwenz :)
  7. Swordtail7New MemberMember

    Thanks, and I'm sorry that you can't find yours either.

    It's a very frustrating situation.

    But the weired thing is, it only happens with my male swordtails. I only have one female and everytime i get her a new male, he keeps dissapearing! :-\

    Thats why i was thinking she might be eating them.

    Oh who knows, the world works in mysterious ways.... ::)
  8. ncjeValued MemberMember

    Maybe she talks a lot so they are juming out to get away from her :p I kid I kid..... I had a fish do a jump on me before.... somehow got out the only 1 inch hole in the tank cover... couldnt see him anywhere then a few days later he showed up... on the bottom of someones shoe :S
  9. Swordtail7New MemberMember

    oh yuk! I'm sorry to hear.

    He still hasn't showed up. :(

    But the funny thing is it only happens when i get a male swordtail... ???

    I could be her pushing him to jump... :D
  10. Swordtail7New MemberMember

    Hmmmm jeeezzzz im a good speller :D
  11. Joep606New MemberMember

    Hmmm...strange...I've got one male and one female swordtail and they get along just fine.

    If you ever get another one, watch them to see if the female is chasing around the male, or something out of the ordinary is going on...

    Good luck finding your fish. :-[
  12. jim55379Valued MemberMember

    That's sad Njce. Found him on someone's shoe? How sad.
  13. JasonWell Known MemberMember

    Females cannot change sex, scientists proved that they are just late developing fish and that they can be either a male or female depending on the genes. They dont change sex, their just late developers. In the past they thought they could be more recent studies proved this to be false.
  14. DEADFISHNew MemberMember

    wow that is soostrange!
  15. lokky.funkyValued MemberMember

    I recently got a swordtail female and she jumped out of the tank without my knowledge.

    I casually had a look into the tank and couldn't find her.

    I peeped through the tank and still couldn't find her. At last I found her at the flloor.

    I put her back into the tank. She was so very battered. But she is doing well now. Back to her own self.

    These creatures are so weird
  16. RichardWell Known MemberMember

    From my experience with Swordtails,it depends on the difference in size between them..a female Swordtail can get agressive towards a male if he's smaller than her..most times that Love/Hate behavior is temporary,so why not try adding a male that's close in size to her and see what happens.
  17. lokky.funkyValued MemberMember

    Thats not possible as of now, jus bcoz mine is a 7 gallon tank. :(

    I'll have to wait for a few more months to get a new tank..

    I'll love to watch the swordtails swiping around in a bigger tank..
  18. chris632New MemberMember

    I think your swordtail had jumped out!
  19. SarcasticValued MemberMember

    I wanted to have a school of red velvet swordtails in my tank as the "red" feature. In December I bought a school of 7. (At the time I had a school of zebra danios and 3 corys). One of them, apparently a female, killed them all. Come January, I thought I'd try again - this time I added only 5. Same thing - she killed them all. Then she started evidencing male physical traits. I tried once again in February, and after s/he slayed them again, I gave up.

    S/he is now one of a kind in the tank - and doesn't take her aggression out on any other fish.

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