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Swordtails or Platies? #1
I think I already know the answer to this one but asking it anyway.

These fishies were sold to us as Platies but looking at them I htink they maybe Swordtails actually.

Whats all your opinions though just so I know what we have.

Sorry pics not great they ain't photogenic at all.

Also if you know what sex they are that would help as well.

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Re: Swordtails or Platies? #2
They look like Swordtails to me . . . Males, too. I'm fairly sure only the males have the "sword".
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Re: Swordtails or Platies? #3
The one on the left certainly looks like a swordtail, the one on the right I can't see the tail very well, is it the same as the left one? The bottom one looks like a sword too.

Male liverbearers have a gonopodium, its a modified anal fin and looks like this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia ... 250px-PlatyGonopodium.jpg

Females have a standard anal fin. Its easy to tell them apart at a glance once you know what to look for.

EDIT: could be hybrids as Cathie pointed out below
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Re: Swordtails or Platies? #4
On a laptop, without my glasses, and before I've had a cup of coffee, they could be piranhas to me .... but I do have one sensible point, which is that the hybridisation of livebearers might make this a difficult issue?
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Re: Swordtails or Platies? #5
Thats what I thought as well just Hubby has had it in his mind that the Black one was a female when we thought it was a Platie (the swordlike bit of the atil wasn't there when we bought it) so i was just wondering.

Also will they co-habit with the other Platies in the tank ok or not as I have noticed that they don't seem to like our little Platie and do occasionally chase it a bit?

Does anyone else have Swordtails and Platies together peacefully?

There are 2 fish in question the 2 pics of the black fish is the same fish.
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Re: Swordtails or Platies? #6
ive kept them both together and the male has the sword the problem i had was the male swordtail's would chase eny of the platy's around constantly you need at least 3femails to one male to stop him stressing a single individual out as in my experiences they will readily cross bread and all your platy's male and femail will be mistaken for femails by the male sword tail
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Re: Swordtails or Platies? #7
We only have 4 of these fishys in total its looking like we have 2 of each to my untrained eye. I was just wanting to find what they are so when we get some more once the Goldies tank is sorted and the last fancy is out of the community tank.

Probably stick to the Swordtails now though.
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Re: Swordtails or Platies? #8
Wow those are nice looking swords, especialy the blues! I used to breed hundreds of these. They breed prolificly (apologies for spelling.) I may get some more of these again one day, i have two large tanks in the garage just waiting to be cycled.