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post #1 of 4 Old 03-17-2011, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
Swordtail fry coloration

Hey yall, I was wondering if anyone had any information on how the color of swordtail fry works. For example will they be the color of the mother or father or a mix or some random color. Its my first batch of fry so im excited/nervous. I have tons of floating plants and some plastic grass on the bottom so i left them in the community tank. I feed them microworms and ground up flakes. Can anyone answer my question or give me any other advice about the fry?

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-20-2011, 01:28 PM
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the fry usually look different then one another and they can lay up to 80 eggs .
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-20-2011, 01:31 PM
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the fry usually look different then one another and they can lay up to 80 eggs .
80 eggs? I have yet to see a swordtail egg. I am pretty sure Swordtails are live-bearers.

I had an orange and black splotched female and a marygold male. When they had their fry, it was marygold with black splotches on top of the marygold coloration. It looked pretty neat. I don't know if that is "standard", though. Just my past experience.

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-20-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
ya swords are live bearers...ya im hoping to get some cool mixes.although they're really small it seems like that this batch with all be black and orange like the mother.
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