02-17-2010, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Creeky
Thanks for those replies. Very helpful. I have let the poor girl out now, hopefully she will forgive me! Good job you added the bit about storing the sperm as I was getting a bit confused On how she could get pregnant again! I take it I will leave the fry in there until it is a bit bigger? I will also add more hiding places ready for next time.
One last question: do you think I am mistaken and one if the other fish had the babies? Even though I may have missed the eggs as the others are not live Bearers. This is all very new to me so I may have missed them.
Thanks fir the advice it has been very helpful.
I'm sure she'll be fine. Fish just get really stressed out in those small containers. Babies should be fine in them since they are small... but big fish it's really cramped and they get scared and stressed. If a female is far along on her pregnancy they can also cause her to give birth prematurely or cause problems to the mom. I'm not proud of this, but until I learned better I'd damaged/killed one or two fish from leaving them in their too long. :/ It happened to one of my females. It got something wrong with it afterwards where its body looked bent inwards. It was weird and sad but she lived for a while after, just couldn't have babies... But I'm sure yours will be fine. I just really wouldn't recommend keeping her in there. If you catch her giving birth it might be fine to move her until she finishes, but other than that...
I doubt it was any other fish. As said you'd probably have noticed the mating rituals/behavior, guarding of the eggs, etc. And it looks like it is probably a molly fry from what I can tell.