Swordtail Fry!

Viviparous or Live bearing fish - Mollies, Platties, Guppies
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Swordtail Fry!

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My Swordtail gave birth last night and I just wanted to share how cute the fry are!


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Amazing news! They look cool.

Have you separated them or kept them with adults?

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They're separate, in a large breeding box :) I have an air stone in there, moss balls and an Indian Almond leaf for coverage

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Excellent! Fingers crossed they do well. Moss Balls and Almond leaf should provide some food source too.

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Thanks so much :D

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I forgot how much they’re just eyes and a see through body :D
Give it a month/5 weeks and you might end up with some more ;)
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I hope it’s an old almond leaf. You don’t really want them releasing tannins in a confined space with livebearers.

All livebearer fry are exciting to see. Even after 50 years, not much beats the sight of new fry. :)
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black ghost wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 16:08 pm I hope it’s an old almond leaf. You don’t really want them releasing tannins in a confined space with livebearers.

All livebearer fry are exciting to see. Even after 50 years, not much beats the sight of new fry. :)
No I wasn't an old one, I feel really silly D: removed it straightaway and added extra moss balls for coverage.

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Sorry to ask an obviously dumb question, but why don't you want tannins with live bearers?

I've done a Google search and all I can find are positive reasons for having tannins present. I use such leaves in my 350L, with scissortails. (Alas, no breeding! They are amazing!)

Or is it the small space and potential for unstable water conditions?
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They’re not recommended for livebearers.
Livebearers need hard water, tannins (tannic acid) are acidic and tend to soften it. They react with KH, so a tiny breeding box could contain soft water, even in a hard water tank.
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