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Question about pregnant mollies
Old 02-13-2007, 05:23 PM   #11
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Well I went out today and bought a whole bunch of live plants, and some new fish. All of the 6 fry are still alive and doing great! I got 2 female swordtails for the tank and it appears that they both may be pregnant. They have the dark spot on their belly it looks like a bunch of black dots. After reading up on them they appear to be very similar to the mollies on being livebearers, except they tend to try to eat their fry.

My question is...I am about to let the 6 fry out of the breeder net (I have a 90 gallon community tank with some bigger fish in it) will the swordtails try to attack/eat them too, or only her own?

Thank you again everyone for the fast and informative replies, though I have had fish tanks on and off for many years this is the first time I have ever had fish breed in a tank, so I am really enjoying it and love seeing the little fry in there :D
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:27 PM   #12
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Ack!! I forgot to add in that I also bought a brine shrimp hatchery today. My friend owns a fish store so it was pretty much free, but this thing goes into your aquarium you attach it to the side and it continuously hatches the shrimp eggs in a separate salt water chamber, then the shrimp swim into the fresh water then out of the hatchery right into the tank. I do usually feed them some frozen bloodworms and frozen brine shrimp but I read that live ones are much better, especially for the fry.

Any feedback on this would be appreciated! Thanks again everyone!
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Old 02-14-2007, 04:18 AM   #13
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how big r the fry? if they will fit in another fishes mouth then sure they will b eaten, i waited 2 and a half months before setting my first baby free
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:47 AM   #14
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The 6 little fry are no bigger than my pinky nail, they are only a couple weeks old if that. I was going to wait to release them a little longer as it was, but especially now if there is a chance they will get eaten. I guess I should tell you all what kind of fish are in the tank (90 gallons):

8 Bloodfins
5 Mollies - 4 males 1 female
3 Cardinal Tetras
2 female Swordtails
2 Albino Cory
1 Chinese Algae Eater
1 Betta

Then I have 1 molly fry in a breeder (pretty sure she is female) born on xmas eve and the 6 other molly fry in another breeder about 12-14 days old.
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Old 02-14-2007, 05:07 PM   #15
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The swordtails and bloodfins will most likely eat your fry.:)
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