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post #1 of 11 Old 08-01-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Help...my fish had babies

This is very strange. It looks like my tiger barb had 4 babies. I had several tiger barbs in the tank over the past week and a half to cycle my new tank. All of the original barbs died but one. Now I see 4 tiny little gold fish swimming around the top of the tank lol

What should I do with them? There is 1 molly, 2 bala sharks and 1 ID shark in the tank. Are the babies going to get eaten? Should they be a separate tank with the original barb or even by themselves?

My original plans were too return all of these fish b.c im starting a cichlid tank instead. Now I dont know what to do.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-01-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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best pic I could get. They are little smaller in length then your fingernail. Is this a barb or a shark?

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 06:17 AM
can't see the pic so can't tell you as for babies it's hard to tell between the fry most of the time.good luck with yours

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 08:16 AM
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I think its a molly.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 09:44 AM
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I agree, that is probably a molly. The molly you have is likely a female, and all livebearers can be impregnated by a male very early on, and once impregnated can delivber several batches of young without a male present. This is explained a bit in our profile of the Common Molly, click on the shaded name to see the profile. Chances are this female was impregnated in the store tank before you acquired her.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Right now I have 7 babies and they are in a small tank floating in the main tank. Should the mother be with the babies in the small tank?
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 02:02 PM
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Right now I have 7 babies and they are in a small tank floating in the main tank. Should the mother be with the babies in the small tank?
She would probably try to eat them.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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another thing, what do molly eggs look like? Are they little white colored sacks/balls?

If so, I have A LOT of them sticking to my fluval pre filter
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 02:15 PM
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another thing, what do molly eggs look like? Are they little white colored sacks/balls?

If so, I have A LOT of them sticking to my fluval pre filter
Molly are livebearers, they give birth to live young. Can you post a photo of the white things?

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-02-2011, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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this is the best I could do

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