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Have three new babies.....not sexed of course :-D...but oh boy! oh boy! Three that we saw I should say. These pics are of one of the fry just hours old. I still can't believe I got the shots! :blueyay:

Hoping to wake up to wall to wall fry. They have plenty of java grass to hide in and he put in a piece of flat slate, built up a bit, enough for the fry to hide but adults can't fit.
 

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Thanks everyone!

Redlessi - they are fry of the Red Sword Tails.....my avatar is a pic of one of the males. You can see him better in my aquariums pics.

As far as we can tell no one was eaten, they have pretty good shelter. We fed the females as soon as we saw the babies in hopes of curbing their appetite. Of course that doesn't mean any that may have been dropped overnight didnt' end up as a snack for someone.

Twistersmom - Thanks, yes they are. Heck, even the adults are hard to capture in photo! I've been going nuts with the photos lately. Found two settings in particular on my camera that seem to work extremely well for tank shots.
 

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Getting more males vs. females

This is for any body that wants more males in a drop. FishySuzy you said that all you get are females. I read this and it seems to be true. To get more males you need to lower the temp. to your tanks during gestation of the females to 69-70 degrees. If you want more females it is 79-81 degrees or above.
I had a drop of fry in March and I got alot of males because I lowered the temp in the tank before the female gave birth. The eggs develop at a slower pace so instead of 28 day it might take longer. Warmer temps the eggs mature faster and end up with more females. I have a friend and she told me that she gets females all the time. It's because the room that all her many tanks in is warm and she can not keep the room temp below 80 degrees. I have my tanks in a cooler area of my home away from windows or sun so mine stays cooler. Maybe after summer is over and the weather cools more and you lower the tanks temperture to 69-70 you will end up with more males.i
 

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Now I get why I always see females.

I guess I can't do anything since it's naturally hot where I am. My lone breeding male molly just died so I guess I have to buy a new one. I don't spot any males in the current batch of fry.
 

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Give your mollies a few months Adiumroot. All new born molly fry always look like females. It can take several months of good growth before you can spot any males among them. Now that my last molly drop, the last one I bothered to save, is almost 7 months old, there are some obvious males among them. At only 4 months old I would have said they were all females.
You do not need a new male unless you want to promote fry births for a long time. The female will carry viable sperm packets for as much as 6 months after the male died.
 

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I see. But the previous batches which are now nearing an inch long seem to be all females. But like you said, that might change.

I knew females could store sperm but I didn't know it was that long. Cool! I actually need lots of fry because I use them as feeders. Newly dropped (a few days old) fry become treats for my larger bettas while those that grow up go to my friend's oscars.
 

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Very nice pictures. At that age you can't tell what they are from the picture so I was trying to guess until you said they were swordtails. Now I know why I always have female fish, although at the the LFS they are always in need of them or there are always less. Which works out good for me. Good Luck with the Fry.
 

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My fish at 3 months and well over an inch long.



My fish at 6 months and closer to 2 inches.





I find it much easier to spot a male in the larger fish than even in the 1 1/4 inch or so 3 month old ones. There were a few even then if you studied them enough.
 

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Just a quick update - the head count on the red double swords is about 11, and surprise, surpise the albino blues dropped four fry...everyone is comfortably placed in the nursery tank. We have another mama hiding in and about the java moss, not eating much and moving only when disturbed or feeding. She's about as fat as can be and I can not only see the eyes of the fry but their little bodies also....cigars will be forthcoming! LOL
 

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how are your fry today? are they alive? are they healthy and is the mother healthy?
 
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