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Old 02-19-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
 
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I just added a new dalmation molly to my tank yesterday and I think she might be pregnant but I am not sure! Any opinions and possible ideas when she might have them? Also how do I know when she is ready to give birth so I can get her in the little chamber I have? I knew when I got livebearers they would be constantly having babies but I have no clue what to look for to know for sure and when they are going to have them. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!! ") Here is a pic of her also. She is very hard to get pics of!
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
 
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You will find some breeding data in our profile, click the shaded name Common Molly. Also in the intro to Livebearers in the profiles section, here:
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Breeding traps are not recommended for mollies; they can become very panicked in confined spaces. Leave her in the main tank; the fry will naturally seek cover in plants, so a good mat of floating plants is the best. Most will escape with sufficient cover.
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I am so glad you said that b/c everything I have read in different places says they would be ok in the kind I have because it is a net one with plants on the bottom for the fry to hide under when they are born and then you take the female out after 12 hours. The one I have is about the size of a five gallon tank. Would it be ok to out a divider on maybe just for the time of her giving birth??? I plan on moving the fry to a 10 gallon tank after they are a few hours old b/c I do not want to overcrowd my tank. I have cycled it and it is ready to go with lots of plants in it.

Also the reason I got another molly was b/c one I had died and my silver molly started attacking all of my other fish. Well more like just my male mickey platy. Then at the aquarium store they told me getting another female and also a male would be best for her so I just got the female b/c I don't like adding more than one fish at a time. But now my dalmation molly is the aggressive one but she also protects my other fish that my silver Molly was attacking. I did so much research into fish to go into a community tank and they are supposed to be so nice but all of the sudden when my other one died my silver got very aggressive. She is not nipping fins either she is actually making some of his gills fall off. I am at a loss of what to do? I am going to go check out the page you recommended right now!!! ")
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I am so glad you said that b/c everything I have read in different places says they would be ok in the kind I have because it is a net one with plants on the bottom for the fry to hide under when they are born and then you take the female out after 12 hours. The one I have is about the size of a five gallon tank. Would it be ok to out a divider on maybe just for the time of her giving birth??? I plan on moving the fry to a 10 gallon tank after they are a few hours old b/c I do not want to overcrowd my tank. I have cycled it and it is ready to go with lots of plants in it.
The one you desribe if it is 5 gallons in size is fine. I was thinking more of the 6X6 inch breeding nets that are not good. And yes, you can remove the fry when you see them.

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Also the reason I got another molly was b/c one I had died and my silver molly started attacking all of my other fish. Well more like just my male mickey platy. Then at the aquarium store they told me getting another female and also a male would be best for her so I just got the female b/c I don't like adding more than one fish at a time. But now my dalmation molly is the aggressive one but she also protects my other fish that my silver Molly was attacking. I did so much research into fish to go into a community tank and they are supposed to be so nice but all of the sudden when my other one died my silver got very aggressive. She is not nipping fins either she is actually making some of his gills fall off. I am at a loss of what to do? I am going to go check out the page you recommended right now!!! ")
Yes, with livebearers where you have both sexes, more females than males is advisable to give the females some respite from the male's attention. But this takes space, for molly a tank no less than 20g but preferably larger, 36 inch length. This fish gets large if it is healthy.
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The one you desribe if it is 5 gallons in size is fine. I was thinking more of the 6X6 inch breeding nets that are not good. And yes, you can remove the fry when you see them.
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Yes, with livebearers where you have both sexes, more females than males is advisable to give the females some respite from the male's attention. But this takes space, for molly a tank no less than 20g but preferably larger, 36 inch length. This fish gets large if it is healthy.
I am going to be getting a 20g tank and another 10g tank soon and was planning on just having the mollies in the 20g one. So there would be 3 in a 20g tank. Then I have a bunch of friends that want the babies when they are big enough and old enough so at least I know they will be taken care of. I am also getting some moon jelly fish in a tank made especially for them which is 7.7 gallons. So over the next few weeks I am going to be bust with my fish. I love them so much they are so relaxing. Not so easy to take care of like people think but definitely worth the research and time to get it all correctly done!!!
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I am going to be getting a 20g tank and another 10g tank soon and was planning on just having the mollies in the 20g one. So there would be 3 in a 20g tank. Then I have a bunch of friends that want the babies when they are big enough and old enough so at least I know they will be taken care of. I am also getting some moon jelly fish in a tank made especially for them which is 7.7 gallons. So over the next few weeks I am going to be bust with my fish. I love them so much they are so relaxing. Not so easy to take care of like people think but definitely worth the research and time to get it all correctly done!!!
Three molly in a 20g is the limit. With weekly partial water changes (40-50% of the tank volume) and live plants, this can work. Good plants for mollies are Corkscrew Vallisneria, it thrives in the hard water molly must have. Given this variant you pictured, a playsand substrate, a couple bits of bogwood, and plants wold make a lovely aquarium. And of course, floating plants, Water Sprite is ideal. The fry will naturally gravitate to the surface and you can remove what you want.

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Three molly in a 20g is the limit. With weekly partial water changes (40-50% of the tank volume) and live plants, this can work. Good plants for mollies are Corkscrew Vallisneria, it thrives in the hard water molly must have. Given this variant you pictured, a playsand substrate, a couple bits of bogwood, and plants wold make a lovely aquarium. And of course, floating plants, Water Sprite is ideal. The fry will naturally gravitate to the surface and you can remove what you want.

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Thank you again. We have super hard water here in Arizona and I actually bought stress zyme that adds bacteria to your tank and had to cycle it for almost 3 weeks to get all of the levels to a good area. I only add one fish at a time also when I was getting them b/c I heard that if you add too many it can mess with the levels and make them go backwards and possibly kill the fish. I still have no clue why my other molly died she looked great and all of my levels were fine so it is a mystery to me. The lady at the store where I get my fish say it is super hard to keep real plants alive in our water. She is from Germany so Idk why but she suggested I don't buy them which was weird b/c how many shop owners do you know that do that. But I will most definitely get the one you suggested. Also I am going to get the 20g tank tomorrow or possibly larger depending on what they have. But that way I can get it cycled and get the molly's in there. The tank I have now I let my nieces and nephew decorate which is why it is kind of mismatched. But I will give the live plants a go in my 20 gallon tank and also try some for my fry in the 10g tank. I actually turned the heat up in my tank a little and now my mollies seem to have stopped picking on each other. They are swimming around the top and playing in my bubble wall. Thank you again for all your help and advice it is very much appreciated!
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