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post #1 of 5 Old 09-29-2011, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question when to release my swordfish back into tank

Hi im pretty new to this so not sure how it works but i bought a swordtail fish that was pregnant i was reading online and it said to get a breeding box i have the box set up in the tank the fish has now had its babies but i got told not to release the mum for a few days back into the tank as other fish will attack her so shes still in the the breeding box but the babies are swimming up to the top where she is and i think shes eating them seen her eat a few as she was having them not sure what to do and how long should i wait before releasing the babies into the tank with the other fish thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-29-2011, 08:10 AM
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it is actually a bad idea to use a breeding box for swordtails, it stresses them a lot. and yes, the mom will eat the babies. you need to either have a separate tank for them or lots of places for them to hide; floating plants (fake or real) works well for this.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-29-2011, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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so should i release the mum back into the tank and leave the babies in the breeding box and what would u recommend instead of a breeding box
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-29-2011, 08:36 AM
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if you have a small tank, that would work. or if you have a lot of floating plants you can put the babies in the regular tank. they might not all survive, but some should. with live bearers, unless you're planning on selling some, you will end up with more than you have room for rather quickly. i once had a tank were for christmas i gave my uncle 70 or so swords then 70 more at easter.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-29-2011, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for ur help i have released the mum back into the tank
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