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post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2014, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
can some tell me how much longer my dalmation molly has?

She is pregnate and ive had her for 3 weeks already and she was already showing signs of pregnancy when i got her can some one please tell me how much longer she has till she drops? Shes in my fry tank and i really need to move her so the fry i already have can go in the tank because there getting to large for the one there in now!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2014, 08:00 PM
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I think it takes a month. So around another week. Only a picture will tell.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-19-2014, 08:30 PM
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Doesnt look pregnant.

If she were, she would look exactly like this.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-21-2014, 12:20 PM
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Are you sure this is a female?

Looking at your pix, I see something that says it is a male -- do you feed it well? If the fish looks like that today, then my guess, it is a male. Females are much more rotund, with what looks like a black point in the rear when they are about to have their babies. The other thing is, if this one is from balloon-belly mollies, like my original molly, you will think it is pregnant and then discover it is a MALE. I waited a month and a half looking for babies and nothing. Then did some research and found it was a male BB, so I was flummoxed.

If it has a gonopodium, a long slit-type of bottom fin instead of a rounded set of fins, it is a male. Look up males, see the difference in their bottom shape. If it is a female and does have a few babies, then she is young and probably will get more rotund on the next time. Also, females can hold babies for a little while if stressed, and can wait for months before the next time to have babies, if they want. They don't need a male for every fertilization, as they can hold sperm for a long time.

Lastly if she is in a fry tank, with fry in there with her, then she can help herself to the fry as a snack. I would make sure you put her back in the main tank and leave the fry there; it is easy to scoop up the fry, if she actually has them in main tank.

30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)

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