Hi everyone! I have 2 mollies in my 90 gallon tank, a male and a female. We got them sometime in late November, and the female appeared to already be pregnant when we brought her home from the pet store.
I put her in a breeder overnight and woke up and found about 5 live fry, and about 8 of the stillborn/egg things on the bottom of the breeder. Over the next few days, more of the live fry died, and now I only have 1 left but he is doing great! I still have him in the breeder, he is kind of like my baby so I am protecting him until I think he is big enough he won't be harassed by the other fish in the tank or get sucked into the filter.
Now, the mommy molly looked pregnant again last week, but I wasn't sure so I didn't put her in the breeder. The next day when I went to feed my baby fry, I saw 6 new baby fry that were floating underneath the handles of the plastic breeder! I bought a net breeder after she gave birth the first time incase she got pregnant again, and quickly scooped the new fry into it.
The new fry are doing great, they are growing nicely and are swimming all around the net breeder. However, the mommy fish still looks like she could be pregnant. Is it possible for a fish to not give birth to all the fry at once? I went and got another breeder and have placed her in there as of this morning. I also thought that these fish were supposed to give birth to alot more than 6-8 fry at once?
Also, at what age would/will the new fry start to breed? I don't want the tank to get out of control with mollies.
Thank you in advance for any replies. I just want to make sure I am not stressing the mommy fish out by placing her in the breeder if she isn't pregnant