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Another Molly had babies!
Old 06-02-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
 
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Talking Another Molly had babies!

I have 60 babies found this morning -- have no idea who the Mom is, or whether it is two Moms... these were in the 20G Community Tank, and usually I get the Mothers-to-be out before they drop babies. It could be the Dalmatian Lyretail or the Orange Balloon Belly Harlequin, but most look like they are from a B&W Mom. Moved them to the Baby Tank, and took older babies out to make more room for new babies. I can't wait to see their colors as they grow.

Hey Sylverclaws, I had better get the "pool" ready soon, these came faster than expected! I just ordered more filters, heaters, and food for these babies -- gonna make up more space for them.

Oh, and now I can see those baby Corys, all pretty and scooting up to the top, and eating on the moss and slurry I am feeding them. Today was the first time I have seen them move to the top and along the sides, so really loving this!
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
 
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Haha. Yes, get that pool ready!

As for who mom is...dalmatians typically start out pure white and get in spots later, just like the dogs. lol However if they're mixed it'll be very hard to tell, but they will still get spots, most likely, once older if they have dalmatian in them.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:39 PM   #3
 
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Question Tell me what mother these babies came from?

These Molly babies have a white head & "neck," very black eyes, and the waist>tail is black. Half and half is how I would describe them. None of the others born earlier looked like this, and I have many of them exactly the same way. They could have come from one female who has not birthed before, who is Dark on the whole, with some orange, some gold, some black and some white in her colors. White on belly... Nothing like a Marble, not a Dalmatian, whatever is she? She is also Balloon Belly, too. If anyone has any idea, let me know, please, I need something to put down about their style. [pix will come later...]
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
 
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Ah, I get those from gold dust dalmatian mixes, or dalmatian marble crosses. Typically the ones with the more white face and black body turn out like half and half marbles with the marbled or spotted head and the black body. The calicos, as I call them(the ones who are white, gold and black), usually stay like that, they're neat.

Are they like any of these? The larger ones here I THINK were creamsicle/silver lyretail mixes, the others are calicos...except the half and halfs are as you describe and turn out as half and half marbles often. Or just half silver and half black, they're pretty neat really. Keep in mind this video is a couple years old. lol I think the only one I kept from this brood is one of the creamsicle mixes...had two but the female died, the male is gorgeous.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxbdaN_pwGw

Calicos here, unknown mix but are assumed to be dalmatian/gold dust mixes, though their mother was a gold dust mix with an unknown male, father was likely my shortfin(silver with the yellow tails, her sister had yellow tailed marble babies and was a marble, but this female was orange with a black spot and had babies like her or black gold dusts). Anywho, unknown, but assumed to be dalmatian/goldies, sorry the photos are a bit grainy. Some turn out with more color than these three did, but I have been unable to nab any photos of the boogers!:



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Old 06-02-2014, 10:02 PM   #5
 
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Wink So that is what a Calico is

Love the look of your calicos, I had no idea what they were like, but now I see what you mean. Sort of gold head, white mid-section, and mixed black tail with the marble in there, too. Most unusual!

Remember mine were just born today, so very tiny yet. There are some other colors among them, which is why I was wondering if 2 different mothers were involved. But the ones I have never seen before look like they might be a mix of silver and black -- silver on the head end, black on the tail end. (saw some in your video, look the same). Nothing to show the marble yet, but that could be later on as they get older. Most of the former babies didn't show the marbled spots until over 1 month and a lot bigger, so you could see it. Some of my marbled ones are actually GOLD (orange) with the marble and they are beautiful. Not silver at all.

Even with my closeup lens, fry are still very tiny and hard to see the detail for a photo. But I have the 3 possible mothers, which I will put here, but I am not really thinking of the Gold Harlequin BB mother, no orange/gold in this group (yet). That leaves the Silver & Black Lyretail Dalmatian Balloon Belly or the Darkish one that is probably a Dalmatian, but I will see what you say about her. She is dark brownish, with a lot of itsy bitsy orange speckles and some white underneath, Balloon Belly, and possibly Sailfin. (always thought she wasn't going to have any babies)

I have so many balloon bellies because the store was closing, and I got them as a bunch. My biggest and "normal" females are the plain Silver one, and the Harlequin Gold that I am treating for fungus/bacteria. This last one is the one where I would like to see her babies, as she had a gorgeous Sailfin Male as one of her suitors. I hope she recovers and has those babies. Mollies don't abort babies when sick, do they? The Silver one is almost satin white, possibly had unknown male(s) before I got her, but also mated with my 2 lovely Sailfin males. One is in my avatar, a Green Sailfin Natural iridescent male. Both are large and will probably get to the 4-5" level.

Having a Creamsicle Molly would be nice, and one of the Creamsicle Lyretail partly black tails would be even nicer. Later, possibly. Right now I have more than I need, just waiting until they have enough color and old enough to see what they are.


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Old 06-03-2014, 12:07 AM   #6
 
Congrats, and you will need a pool at this rate. Keep in mind, all but ballon mollys should get 3 1/2"-4" as adults. Fry grow fast if given space and room. I have had them out grow their parents in less than 6 months if the parents came from the pet store and are stunted as most are. Sylverclaws will find this out in a few weeks with the pool set up.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:19 AM   #7
 
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For myself & Sylverclaws... do they jump out of pool?

I know she has her babies in a pool; I have the same thing now getting organized, but want to know if there is any problem with them jumping out of the pool, without any cover on it? I haven't made any mesh cover yet, and don't have enough to cover the whole thing, so will that be a problem? They will be small at first, so probably not attainable, but as they grow, do they like to fly? LOL

How can you see what they look like from above, wish I had a clear pool... maybe I will stick with the Rubbermaid large totes so it can be up near eye level. Is there any difference in their baby-life-- I have about 150 or so babies, possibly with more on the way shortly? If necessary to use the pool, I will have to clear out a place for it, and lug all that water to it. Maybe use the little 1/4" hose to fill it, will take forever but won't hurt me! What advice do you have for my babies and me?

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Old 06-03-2014, 01:45 PM   #8
 
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I've got like two hundred babies in there, a young pleco and six kuhli loaches...haven't had any jump out. You have to get filters that don't eat them though. One of mine eats babies, but they swim out the top. lol I tried to block it off, but thus far haven't completed that yet. Hasn't hurt anyone, haven't had any jumpers...Keep the pool about an inch or two below the top. Fill anything all the way up that isn't covered and you're like to get casualties.

On the creamsicles...those are huge. Make sure you have the space for them or...some will get really aggressive and actually kill your other fish for space. I had two who would kill for space when I had five in a twenty gallon. Only two of those were creamsicles, the rest were marbles and gold dusts and so smaller...but yeah. They have a nasty bite to go with their size, but provided proper space and food are pretty sweet and beautiful fish. You need 30+ gallons for them, they can get more than four inches, one of mine was five and a half inches. The other maxed out around 3 1/2.
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Old 06-03-2014, 02:59 PM   #9
 
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Have several filters...

I have some AquaClear filters for 20G which I used in the baby tank -- but I had to put a sponge thing over the input tube to protect the tiny babies. At first I bought it, and then for the 2nd tank, I got the foam insert for the filter, and cut a hole in it, then shoved it on the tube, and it works fine. So babies can eat from the surface of it, which they do, apparently there is a lot of good "food" as it grabs junk from the water. Before I did this, I noticed a few babies inside of the filter portion, got them out, and quickly put the foam on the tube.

I have some new filters coming in for the pool/totes, for which I can do the same thing. Just use the foam, cut it, and shove it on the input. I should have most of the new stuff on Friday, will wrangle some of the filter media for the new pool/totes and use some good bacteria to help cycle it faster. I just hope it won't take forever to fill the new "tanks" as I am not thrilled about carrying a ton of water to fill them. I have some 3/8 inch(?) hose for watering plants automatically, will try to use that to fill 'em up. Hey, maybe that will also work for replacing water from time to time... Shucks, these babies are growing like weeds!
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:02 PM   #10
 
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Found a clear tote which is 30 gallons

Staples is selling some clear totes which are strong and would work for additional tanks for those who don't want to spend a ton of money for a glass tank. I saw that they are priced at $16.99 and after using my rewards they came out to $10. This is pretty good for an extra tank for babies or more fish, you can use heaters, bubblers, filters in them just fine. Why this interests me is that I can put it on top of furniture and not have to bend over to take care of a pool. 2 makes 60 gal, for practically nothing. And, most importantly, you can see the fish inside and enjoy them, not having to look on their tops down on the ground. I like this, thought I would mention it to you. Also 20 gal ones, too.
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