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anybody experience pregnant neons, or differences in sexes
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daavikes
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PostPosted: 2003.09.03(Wed)20:06    Post subject: anybody experience pregnant neons, or differences in sexes Reply with quote

I have 6 neons in my 10 gallon currently, pH ~7.4, temp ~78, water is a little hard, haven't measured in awhile.

Anyways, since the day I've bought them, one neon was fatter in the belly and shorter than the others. This neon eats like a mad man compared to the others. I've noticed lately that it's belly has increased in size slightly. For a day it didn't eat, but just sat at the bottom hiding, so I thought it was either sick or pregnant. Day later and it's back to it's normal voracious eating habits. Does anybody know differences in neon sexes? Could it be pregnant?
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Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: 2003.09.04(Thu)8:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pregnant is not the right term... egg bound you mean...
females are fatter than males and bulk up when wanting to scatter eggs.
Now for the bad news. Breeding tetras, hatching the eggs and feeding the microscopic fry is next to impossible. Many tetras require the eggs to never get hit by sunlight... you can do a google search for success stories but you will see they are kind of few and far between.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)5:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK thanks for confirming that this fish is most likely a female, I'll look around for stories. Not too concerned about raising the young, if they even hatch, much less if she lays eggs. Just wondering if she was sick or not.
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