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eileen 01-05-2011 12:25 AM

Black swordtail wondering if pregnate/picture
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I bought 2 Black Swordtails. They both look like females. They were in a tank that had a male but I bought them almost 3 months ago. All of a sudden one of the bigger females is getting bigger. I was wondering if it looked pregnate to anyone out there. Since it is Black I can not see the gravid spot. I was wondering if they can get pregnate even though I bought it over 3 months ago and have no male swordtails in my tank. Here is a picture of it.

1077 01-05-2011 04:15 AM

Three months would be a stretch I should think ,but it is possible. Platy's and Swordtails can also cross breed ,so if you have platy's as well then perhaps this has happened?

eileen 01-05-2011 10:46 AM

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I do have 3 platies but they are all female and 2 are less then a 1" big the other is 1/4". They do not have a gonopodium so far.They were born last spring by my bumblebee platies and are Black mostly. They were the only ones that survived out of the black color as I found out that Black is rare because of a lethal gene they carry.That's why I bought Black Swordtails hoping one would be a male as they do not sell black platies. My friend bought 4 black swordtails the same time I bought mine at Petco and she thought she had 3 females and 1 male. It turned out that 2 of the swordtails started to develop swords after about 3 months. So now she has 3 males, 1 female. I sometimes think that they take along time to develop. This is true for platies as they all look like females when they are young at about 1/4". I guess I will have to wait and see if this one has babies and it gets bigger in the next few weeks.

Here are pictures of my black platies when they were smaller. I call them my Orca platies as they have a pattern like one. A picture of my swordtail when I got them.

julem35 01-16-2011 03:47 PM

To me, she looks bloated, but it has a small chance of being possible, only time will tell

eileen 01-16-2011 04:13 PM

I sadly lost both my Black swordtails for unknown reasons a few days apart from each other. Water was checked and was fine with a API test kit.

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