03-20-2010, 12:50 AM
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Wondering about pregnant molly behavior.
I am relatively new to fish breeding, though not so new to fry-raising. I have had several mollies (black, dalmatian, and silver) give birth in the past when I did not even know they were pregnant, though I managed to raise quite a few of their babies successfully. However, I've never seen them display odd behavior..Most of the time I would come home from work/school and suddenly see fry in the tank. The mommies were sneaky!
My question is this: I purchased a pair of female gold mollies this evening, and specifically bought one that looked rather fat compared to her tankmates, because I was hoping to raise some fry again. She now seems to like hiding in a little nook in the gravel, and she kind of sits there, although her fins are not clamped and she is alert, not swimming oddly. I've heard that this can be signs of pregnancy, or even imminent pregnancy. I'd just like a little confirmation, as the woman in the store confirmed she was pregnant, but rushed off to help the large line of fish-customers before I could really ask her what behavior the molly might display before she has her fry.
Edit: I'm going to try and get a picture of her up if I can.