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post #1 of 5 Old 03-19-2009, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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about 3 months ago i got 2 female swordtails and just today i noticed that one of them has a sword on his/her tail.is this normal? also yesterday my one male, my assorted swordtail died of fin rot.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-19-2009, 08:09 PM
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Just one of the late male developers.

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-20-2009, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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but he was already fully grown when i bought him, and the lady at the fish store said he was a female

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-20-2009, 06:46 PM
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but he was already fully grown when i bought him, and the lady at the fish store said he was a female
Like I said, he could only have been a late developer. You don't see most advanced hobbyists advising you to buy small males with fully developed swords. They're stunted most likely and swordtails do not stop growing at 4-5".

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It is not at all unusual for a fairly old "female" swordtail to turn out to be a male. Some swords develop the sword shaped tail quite early in life while others do not develop one until they are about 3 inches long.
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