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post #11 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
So would it be best to get a breeders net or plants? in your opinion
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post #12 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:16 PM
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I personally went for both. I don't much like putting the females into the breeders net as they often get stressed out and it can be harmful to their health. So I let them give birth in the main tank and then fish out as many fry as I can fish out and raise them in the net. But it's really up to you. You could always try leaving the female in the net to give birth and if she seems distressed just put her back

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post #13 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
ok i will try and get both im just worried out over crowding in the tank its only a 5 gallon. now if they were in a tank with different colored molly's is there a way of telling if the babies will be the same color as the mothers?
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post #14 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:27 PM
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The colors are often hard to tell until later. You can usually tell though if they are going to be dark or light within the first few days.

As for having those fish in a 5 gallon, your tank is pretty overstocked. Mollies usually do best with a minimum of two gallons. If you could upgrade you could use the 5 gallon as a great nursery for the fry. If not, just try and keep up with the water changes.

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post #15 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
I plan on using this tank as a nursery tank but would rather have the mollies in here till the give birth and then will put them in the 55 gallon tank so the babies can grow and then when they are large enough i will put them in the large tank as well. And the dalmatian molly was being mean to the mickey fish I had in here so I moved the Micky to the large tank.
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post #16 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:35 PM
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Okay just making sure. Sounds like a good plan.

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post #17 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
Only problem is that if in fact they are both pregnant and are not going to give birth at the same time then I will still have 1 adult in with all the babies.
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post #18 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:44 PM
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True. If you get a breeders net, you could move the fry to the net until the other molly gives birth, or put the molly into the net. Usually the mollies will only try to eat the fry for the first day or two after birth and then they leave the fry alone for the most part.

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post #19 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
Ok Thank you for all of your help. I have not had a pregnant fish in about 5 years. I have a Mickey mouse fish and a swordtail in the other tank and i do not think they will mate they have been together for a year. So i put up my old tank again to add life to a bedroom and decided to get hopefully already pregnant fish so that the large tank can have the adults and the small tank can be a nursery until they get bigger. In hopes of not having to buy fish for a while.
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post #20 of 22 Old 07-27-2013, 09:53 PM
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Well, Mollies are definitely good ways to go if you want color, life, and lots of fish. They breed like crazy. And, like most livebearers they can store sperm. Which means they can have 3 or 4 batches of fry without being in contact with a male.

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