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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 12:50 pm Post subject: Breeding Swordtails Reply with quote

 Hi  friends
 I  would  like  to  breed  swordtails  after  successful  rearing  of  molly  fry.  Some  of  these  fry  are  in  my  tank  and  some  have  been  gifted  to  various  friends.
 I  have  removed  the  female  in  a  seperate  large  bucket  with  a  aerator.  She  does  not  seem  to  be  pregnant  at  this  time.
 I  am  thinking  of  putting  male  swordtail  in  with  her,  for  how  long  should  the  male  be  with  her.
 Normally  I  maintain  a  ratio  of  two  females  to  a  male  and  hence  would  not  like  to  put  a  male  amd  a  female  for  very  long  periods  of  time.
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 Sandheep.....
 
 IMO  This  shouldn't  be  difficult...  Swordtails  would  breed  very  easily  as  like  other  livebearers....  For  me,  they  have  bred  every  3  months  or  so  with  very  less  care  (just  the  food  and  water  change  every  3  weeks  or  so  Very Happy  )...  In  a  certain  period  of  time,  the  tank  was  full  of  swords...  so  gave  out  all  at  a  time....
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 They  are  prolific  breeders  and  you  will  get  large  amounts  of  fry.  You  can  either  use  a  breeder  basket  (Plastic  basket  with  holes  for  the  fry  to  escape  through  or  you  can  add  floating  plants  like  foxtail.
 Normally  you  wouldn't  need  the  males  in  with  the  females  for  more  than  a  day.
 Make  sure  that  you  are  not  using  lyretail  males  as  their  gonopodium  is  too  long!
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Make  sure  that  you  are  not  using  lyretail  males  as  their  gonopodium  is  too  long!                

 
 Hi  Beta,
 
 Do  you  mean  to  say  avoid  Lyretail  males  altogether  or  only  when  mixed  with  other  non-lyretail  females?
 
 Does  this  damage  the  females  or  render  the  males  unable  to  fertilize?
 
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 Make  sure  that  you  are  not  using  lyretail  males  as  their  gonopodium  is  too  long!                

 
 What  is  a  lyretail  male  Very Happy  .  A  link  to  a  picture  would  help
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What  is  a  lyretail  male    .  A  link  to  a  picture  would  help                

 
 http://www.jackspets.com/images/LabelPics/Freshwater/13700--Asst.jpg
 
 Many  more  on  google...
 
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sandeepraghuvanshi  wrote:                

 I  have  removed  the  female  in  a  seperate  large  bucket  with  a  aerator.  She  does  not  seem  to  be  pregnant  at  this  time.
 I  am  thinking  of  putting  male  swordtail  in  with  her                

 
 a  swordtail  male  and  a  molly!!!!  Shocked    Shocked
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breeder  basket  (Plastic  basket  with  holes  for  the  fry  to  escape  through  or  you  can  add  floating  plants  like  foxtail.                

 
 Could  the  fry  identify  the  box  to  escape??  How  big  this  should  be??
 
 What  is  foxtail??  Any  pics??
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 http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.marinebiochemists.com/coontail.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.marinebiochemists.com/coontail.htm&h=563&w=432&sz=47&tbnid=7bOI449qicRg_M:&tbnh=131&tbnw=100&hl=en&start=6&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplants%2Bwithout%2Broots%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26rls%3DGGLR,GGLR:2006-14,GGLR:enis  a  foxtail.  they  have  no  roots.
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gokulin  wrote:                
                                                 
beta  wrote:                
breeder  basket  (Plastic  basket  with  holes  for  the  fry  to  escape  through  or  you  can  add  floating  plants  like  foxtail.                

 
 Could  the  fry  identify  the  box  to  escape??  How  big  this  should  be??
 
 What  is  foxtail??  Any  pics??                

 When  fry  are  born  they  either  hug  the  bottom  of  tank  or  head  straight  for  top  if  surface  covering  plants  are  there.
 I  have  not  been  able  to  get  or  design  or  get  a  breeder  basket,  I  simply  remove  the  fry  as  soon  as  I  see  them.  If  the  female  is  fed  proprely  she  does  not  eat  her  fry.  However  if  you  leave  the  fry  with  the  mother  sooner  or  latter  they  start  vanishing
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Thillu  wrote:                
                                                 
sandeepraghuvanshi  wrote:                

 I  have  removed  the  female  in  a  seperate  large  bucket  with  a  aerator.  She  does  not  seem  to  be  pregnant  at  this  time.
 I  am  thinking  of  putting  male  swordtail  in  with  her                

 
 a  swordtail  male  and  a  molly!!!!  Shocked    Shocked                

 
 Relax  friend  Very Happy    It  is  a  female  &  male  swordtail.
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gokulin  wrote:                
                                                 
beta  wrote:                
breeder  basket  (Plastic  basket  with  holes  for  the  fry  to  escape  through  or  you  can  add  floating  plants  like  foxtail.                

 
 Could  the  fry  identify  the  box  to  escape??  How  big  this  should  be??
 
 What  is  foxtail??  Any  pics??                

 
 You  can  use  fruit  baskets  with  wider  mesh  sizes...
 
 Foxtail  is  a  floating  plant  (ceratophyllum  demersum)
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 Hi  Beta:
 Can  you  clarify  on  the  gonopodium  issue  with  lyretail  swords?
 Please  see  my  question  above...
 
 Thanks  and  regards,
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 seems  it  just  resembles  cabomba
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Make  sure  that  you  are  not  using  lyretail  males  as  their  gonopodium  is  too  long!                

 
 Hi  Beta,
 
 Do  you  mean  to  say  avoid  Lyretail  males  altogether  or  only  when  mixed  with  other  non-lyretail  females?
 
 Does  this  damage  the  females  or  render  the  males  unable  to  fertilize?
 
 Regards,
 
 Venkat                

 
 Avoid  lyretail  males  altogether  as  they  mostly  cannot  fertilize.
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