02-17-2010, 01:00 PM
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I don't think she is pregnant and she won't have any more babies. She must have had all her babies and ate all but the one. Is that the baby that is swimming around? I'd let her out of there I don't think she is pregnant anymore. It's very stressful for her to be in that small container for too long! :( Take her out ASAP is my advice!!!
Write down the date she gave birth (when you spotted the baby fry). Though if you bought her a week or two ago, she might have given birth a while ago! But if you can get an estimate of when she gave birth, expect more babies in 4-5 weeks!! give or take a few days.
Your tank looks very nice and well planted. Keep an eye on her stomach. In 4-5 weeks from when she last gave birth, or a bit before that she should start getting really fat! When she does, check on her when you feed your fish and see if she ever suddenly gets really skinny. :p That means it's time to look for babies all in your plants! :p I'm sure many will survive if your tank is as well planted as it looks from that picture! And then you can just catch them or suck them up. It might be harder to find them in the tank than if you kept her in the box and many less might survive, but it's less stressful on the female (and you won't run the risk of killing her!), and trust me with female live bearers giving birth every month or so, you'll have babies coming out of your ears even if only a few survive each batch!
My fish gave birth in my tank before (my platy) and I captured around 20 baby platies, without using a breeding net. Most of them are still alive, and I can already see the eye balls developing in her stomach again! (she's gonna give birth in a week or two I expect) So trust me, you'll have plenty. :)
Also if you don't have a male, she probably still has sperm stored in her body from the males in the fish store. The sperm she has stored will be all used up after a few more batches, so if you want babies after that you'll need a male.
Oh, and I read the post above me; and ya the baby does look big. Probably about a week or two old. I noticed mollies have somewhat large fry though compared to platies.
Last edited by Austin; 02-17-2010 at 01:09 PM..