04-09-2010, 09:28 AM
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Lots of plants and such will help I think. I learned that as angel said, one of my*platies* (close enough to swordtails) pop fry, eat fry, pop fry, eat fry, etc. So lots of plants like, maybe a carpet of java moss will let the fry drop down from the mom's belly into safety before she sees them to eat them. Livebearer fry normally sits around for a few hours to a day before they swim around, so they'll likely be sitting in the java moss before the mommy can get em. Then by the time she can, they are better able to swim and have a little bit more likely chance of getting away or helping them hide.
There's also breeder boxes. I'd record the days the mommies give birth so you can remember. :) Even if you can't find the exact day which she will give birth (which you likely wont be able to), you'll know when to be on the lookout for fry.
Dunno if this answers your question or helps but I hope.