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chrisandmarie 08-29-2008 02:37 AM

my swordtail gave birth to 27 babys but ate 5
 
i was up till after 2.00am watching her i didnt know if she was or wasnt i couldnt tell and i put her in birthing tank as looked abit plump then when i looked again she was popping one out and then another then another im a nanna lol to 22 babys more for my tank hehehe here is a pic of my little ones http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/917...808_0833_1.jpg

onefish2fish 08-29-2008 04:14 AM

its common for swordtails, mollies.. guppies and even egglayers to eat their own fry.. they dont know any better, for best survival your best off separating them ( different tanks, tank separator, or fry cage ) or if you only have the one tank or just want to keep them where they are, provide maximum hiding spaces ( a type of floating plant and clump of java moss on the ground work good if live plants, or alot of fake plants for them to hide in ) anyways congrats!

chrisandmarie 08-29-2008 04:19 AM

ive moved her to the big tank now and the babys are still in the birthing tank but took the seperator out so they have more room ,i fed them on liquifry this morning and the pigs gobbled it up

chrisandmarie 08-29-2008 04:21 AM

can i just ask i have a sailfin molly (dolmation) and i dont know if she is pregnant or constipated and blown up ive not seen her poo for a couple of days now but she was fat before hand http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/917...808_0817_3.jpg

onefish2fish 08-29-2008 04:42 AM

you can try fasting ( no food ) for a full day or two to try to clear out the digestive tract then offer a shelled pea
how are you sure it is constipation?
how big is the tank? how often do you do water changes? how often do you feed? what do you feed?
its also possible that the molly is pregno- mollies,guppies,swordtails ( all livebearers ) are extremely prolific fish. (it only takes 1male+1female=many babies)

chrisandmarie 08-29-2008 04:47 AM

yeh i know got lots of babys lol the size tank is 18-12-12 and do 2x water changes a week ,i feed the pregnant ones 3 times daily with crushed flakes in the morning and at night and micro worm in afternoon if i can get better pic in a mo could you tell me if she is prego as some people said shes not

chrisandmarie 08-29-2008 04:54 AM

here is pics if you look at the one of her back end you can just see her hole bit its a diff colourhttp://www.fishforum.com/userpix/917...8_105002_1.jpg
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/917...808_1049_1.jpg

Little-Fizz 08-29-2008 05:41 AM

How big is your main tank? In your previous post it looked like, what a 28 gallon bow front? If thats correct then you don't have room for 22 swordtails and you might want to look into finding them homes.

Also, I asked this question in your other thread, but your just ignoring me. What is your exact water parameters?

chrisandmarie 08-29-2008 06:47 AM

look mate if you have seen my other postes i olso have a 4ft-2ft-2ft tank they will be going in there when there big enough i do know somethings about fish and know that the tank is ample untill they get bigger i wont be selling them as im going to breed them ater onhttp://www.fishforum.com/userpix/917...8_212501_2.jpg

Little-Fizz 08-29-2008 03:32 PM

Ok... I wasn't trying to say you don't know anything about fish... But you still haven't answered my question. In your other tank with the endlers, you said they were dying off, you also had no substrate in it. So I figured the tank was more then likely not cycled.


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