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Molly ready to go in breeding box yet?
Old 03-05-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
Molly ready to go in breeding box yet?

I think my Molly is going to deliver anytime soon... when should I put her in the breeding box?

Also, should I move her to another tank if I treat this one for parasites/or bacteria? The other tank I have which is cycled and has a betta does not have salt - would that be too stressfull to put her in as the salt difference?

Never done any of this before - the last batch of babies I had became food for the angelfish or other mollies....

Sorry for the blurry pic - just snapped it from my mobile

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:57 AM   #2
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ummm, hmm. Most mollies/platies it's hard for me to tell whether they are pregnant or not.

The best way to get an approximate delivery date is, depending if your water is around 76-80 degrees is to write down each time she gives birth and find a trend of approx time between deliveries. I've heard mollies are anywhere from 30-60 days. I believe they are in the longer end of that number from my experience with my balloon mollies. That way you'll be able to watch for odd behavior as she nears her scheduled delivery date. :)

Honestly, I can't tell you that I know when your molly is going to give birth. If I had to take a wild guess I would say that it isn't soon enough to put her into a breeder box. It may just be the picture but she doesn't look all that fat. Sorry, for your fish I just dunno there's some times when I can tell and some times when I can't.

Also about some other stuff, you don't need salt in your molly tank (maybe you're doing it to treat w/e parasite you seem to have?), and angelfish don't like salt anyways. Your mollies will be fine w/o salt and just slowly stop adding it with WCs. That's what I did and my balloon mollies are great.

Also, depending on the size of your betta tank and the accommodations it has (heater, filter?) it might be a somewhat ideal maternity tank. If you put lots of plants and floating plants and places to hide, the fry will have a better chance of escaping from one betta than a bunch of angelfish and cannibalistic mollies.

Lastly, is there a reason you're treating for parasites? What kind? Your molly should be fine w/ the medicine I'd think. It doesn't affect ich inside their bodies I doubt it'd affect the babies.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:46 PM   #3
I stopped adding salt and well as any medications when the filter went kaput - and now I'm doing daily water changes. Thanks for your advice about the plants too!!

The reason I though parasite was because I think one of the clown loaches has "skinny disease" and the bloating that keeps going on with the angelfish (who knows might have been salt related?). They all "seem" to be doing okay with the water changes.

The molly in said picture was purchased pregnant, so I have no way to know an approximate due date. I do know that the one of the other mollies had babies already and I don't remember any of them being this big - and I seriously can't tell which one it might have been! This little gal has continued to grow and grow. So after she delivers I'll log it and go from there.

I don't have any plants in the other tank, but I remedy that quickly I suppose and put her in there - again what a great idea!!! Hope the betta doesn't mind, if not I could temporarily put him in the 1.5 gal tank again until she delivers.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:12 PM   #4
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Ah, well 1.5 gallons is still kind of small for a maternity tank imo... Not sure it's worth adjusting her to the water and stuff... a breeder box might not be tat much worse than 1.5 gallons. You could make a DIY breeder box which is much larger (: Use plexiglass and silicone or something. Or arts and crafts plastic sheets with holes in them (idk what they are called).

But hmm , I dunno. Maybe watch her closely and try to catch her giving birth? Or you could try the 1.5 gallon... I just dunno if it's best to stress her. I'd personally sit out this birth and watch her, and if I didn't catch her in time, then there's always next time when you'll have an approx date.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:38 PM   #5
LOL - no I meant put my betta in the 1.5 gallon and my prego mollie in the 14g tank!

I seriously need to get some plants!
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