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Subject: Length of Birth

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Hello,

I purchased an already pregnant Swordtail, fully knowing what to expect except for my question. I’ve read your posts over and over again and they have helped me except for one thing.

On April 7th at 9:34pm, I found one baby Swordtail swimming about the tank. I’d at that time already separated the mother from the other Swordtails. The mother and the one baby are in a heavily planted 20 gallon-long tank. It is now 11:37am on April 8th and there still is only 1 baby. The Swordtail is young and I can still see a lot of black in her stomach. The baby is doing fine, swimming about and eating little flakes. It does has a bit of the yolk sack on it’s stomach.

Does that mean the mother went into early labor and the other babies won’t be born until later, or is she just taking a hell of a long time to give birth?

Thanks for the feedback, I hope to hear from you soon.

Arlene

 

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Pregnant Swordtail Female

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Arlene,

It can mean several things.  The mother could give birth to more soon, or she could wait a day or several days.  On the bad side, she could have a breach birth (baby that opened too early before exiting) if this is the case

she may or may not be able to continue giving birth,  One last possibility is that this is a young female and she could actually have only 1 in the first batch, as you have read, livebearers can actually have several broods maturing inside her at the same time.  If this is the case, it may be several weeks until she gives birth again.

Remember a watched pot never boils, so relax, its nature and hope for the best.  Let me know what happens, I will be interested to hear, if the one baby is eating that is a great sign, and if it is a heavily planted tank, there may very well be a few more hiding about.
Dr. Reich
Message Body:
Hello,I purchased an already pregnant Swordtail, fully knowing what to expect except for my question. I’ve read your posts over and over again and they have helped me except for one thing.On April 7th at 9:34pm, I found one baby Swordtail swimming about the tank. I’d at that time already separated the mother from the other Swordtails. The mother and the one baby are in a heavily planted 20 gallon-long tank. It is now 11:37am on April 8th and there still is only 1 baby. The Swordtail is young and I can still see a lot of black in her stomach. The baby is doing fine, swimming about and eating little flakes. It does has a bit of the yolk sack on it’s stomach.

Does that mean the mother went into early labor and the other babies won’t be born until later, or is she just taking a hell of a long time to give birth?

Thanks for the feedback, I hope to hear from you soon.

Arlene

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Newborn Live-Bearers

Hello again Arlene,

I have never heard of a “glass” Swordtail. I would love to see a picture if you have one, of the female, and I can better determine what is going on with her.  Again, my best advise is to relax and let nature take its couris, a fish has never given birth yet because the expectant human mother was watching lol.  As you continue in the hobby, you will have many opportunities to see the livebearer mothers give birth, it is an amazing process!
At some point you may want to try egg layers that cair for their young, cichlids are the most common of these.  In fact a good pair of angle fish will raise their young for quite some time, herding them around the aquarium, tropical fish are amazing, and with freshwater tropical fish, most can be bread in captivity.
I will soon be adding an egg layer section and that may be of interest to you.
Let me know how it goes,
Tom Reich
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Arlene’s Glass Swordtail

 

Hi Thomas,

Here are two pictures I got of her not more then 5 minutes ago. It is hard to see in the pictures, but I can see through her body almost. She isn’t ‘glass’ like the glass fish, but she is basically see through with some collar at the tail. She looks white in the pictures from the lights on the tank. Sorry my camera couldn’t do a better job. Is there anyway you can see what is going on with her, or do I need to try and get some more pictures?
I, of course, said it was a heavily planted tank and in the one spot that there isn’t much plant life, she goes there. Makes for better pictures though, haha.
So far, the one and only baby is swimming around, hiding in the plant-life and doing what fish do best. No other’s that I can see.
Arlene