03-16-2011, 10:44 AM
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You have a 56 gallon for the fry? Wow, I'd use that as my main tank... At any rate, swords are livebearers, easy to breed, and the biggest problem you'll likely have is the adults eating the fry! The "breeding chambers" work, but are not recommended since it seriously restricts the females movement. Best option, in my opinion, is to have the pregnat female(s) in a heavily planted tank or a tank with lots of plastic plants (at least some floating) for the fry to hide in. I'd personally use the 10g for the "birthing" tank. Keep mom well-fed before birth, but don't overfeed, to somewhat reduce cannabalism. Check the tank frequently and remove mom or fry ASAP after birth. There is a lot of info on line regarding breeding of livebearers and I'm certain the more expert folks on this forum can give you additional specifics. Also, you'll probably want to be careful about inbreeeding.