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post #1 of 18 Old 03-16-2007, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Is my Baby Pregnant? (Picture)

Is this little one pregnant? The mother (marble molly) gave birth to these little guys quite a long time ago. She (the baby) is probably 1.5'' with some gold dust in her. *yay*

I recently noticed that she is VERY plump. Is she pregnant? Shew looks too tiny to carry 20+ babies, but her tummie is sooo big!!! Here are some pics, I did the best I could. In some of the pics, there is a small male of the same species. It is her brother. That could be the father, or another full grown black molly I have. I have larger versions of these pics in necessary.

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-16-2007, 09:50 PM
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Hello qwertmonkey, I'm no expert but your fish could be overfed or pregnant.

I would think she is pregnant is their is another male in the tank. She certanially is big!
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post #3 of 18 Old 03-16-2007, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, there are several other male mollies in the tank. One full grown and 2 or 3 sibblings.

I guess she could have eaten too much, but she always looks like that.

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Hello qwertmonkey, I'm no expert but your fish could be overfed or pregnant.

I would think she is pregnant is their is another male in the tank. She certanially is big!

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post #4 of 18 Old 03-16-2007, 10:54 PM
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im no expert but have only recently had a pregnant molly and i would say that yours looks pregnant. my molly was only small (about 1.5") as well and i have just rescued the 29 babies today so i dont think itll matter that shes small

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post #5 of 18 Old 03-17-2007, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Any idea how far along she is? I never know when to move her to the breeding box/net thing. I have the mesh net in a plastic frame. The babies are going to be BEAUTIFUL. Mostly black, some white, and gold flake!!!

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im no expert but have only recently had a pregnant molly and i would say that yours looks pregnant. my molly was only small (about 1.5") as well and i have just rescued the 29 babies today so i dont think itll matter that shes small

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post #6 of 18 Old 03-17-2007, 08:25 AM
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There's no need to move the molly. They are far too prolific. As for the outcome of the fry, it depends on the males that she had encountered. This will include males in the pet shop where you bought her.

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post #7 of 18 Old 03-17-2007, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not too sure....I had several mollies, male and female, and they never bread. After 6 months, I just gave up and bought a pregnant one at the store. I can NOT get them to reproduce!!!

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There's no need to move the molly. They are far too prolific. As for the outcome of the fry, it depends on the males that she had encountered. This will include males in the pet shop where you bought her.

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post #8 of 18 Old 03-17-2007, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I peacefully moved her into the breeding net thing. She wants out, but I think is for her own good. If theres no sign of labor in the next 2-3 days, I'll let her out and try again. 8)

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post #9 of 18 Old 03-17-2007, 08:11 PM
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i had a breeding unit for mine. i put her in it and she looked stressed and unhappy fo after about 5 minutes i couldnt bear it anymore and let her out. she had her babies 2 days later. i just bought more plants (artificial as my catfish will uproot anything else i put in there) and i rescued 29 of them like i said earlier so if there are plenty of placxes to hide i reckon theyll be fine. this is my first batch of fry and i was so amazed at the speed of them. its like watching a film with loads of skipped frames. one minute they are in one place and then all of a sudden somewhere else with no transition that is visible to the naked eye - theryre THAT fast!!! so i wouldnt worry about them getting eaten. she looks pretty far on. i posted a thread earlier about how to tell when theyre ready to give birth and i was told that they start looking quite square at the back and that there seems to be a little "spike" coming form them where the babies come out and both of these turned out to be true so just keep your eye out for that

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post #10 of 18 Old 03-17-2007, 08:50 PM
throw away that breeders net thingy, heavily plant your tank and feed your adults well (dont overfeed, just feed well) and you will have a high survival rate.
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