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post #1 of 4 Old 10-31-2012, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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How long till my molly's drop fry?

So I posted on here atleast a week ago asking if anyone could help me tell when my molly was due and what to do...etc.

Anyways, I didnt get much help with how far along she was but I did get some great advice on how to keep her and such..

But now I have 2 pregnant dalmation molly's, or atleast thats what I have been told, and believe because they are so much bigger than the other 2 I have in there. The more white molly I've had for about 2 weeks now (i think) noticed she was pregnant when I brought her home,, shes been in a breeder net (not what she is pictured in) for about a week now and hasnt delivered, I dont want to take her out and then her deliver outside the net, I'd like to be able to keep as many fry as possible.

The other Molly I got a couple days after the one I just finished talking about, from what I see she looks to be a bit farther along, and has been in a net since I got her as well and hasnt delivered.

Basically I would REALLY appreciate an estimate on how much time I have before they deliver so that if its still a while I can put them back in with everyone else, I'm sure they are pretty bored by themselves, even though they are next to each other so they can keep each other in sight at all times, and I've got some rosy barbs that are up in that area all the time too, but still I dont want to keep them away from everyone if its still going to be a week or so before they are due...
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-01-2012, 05:24 PM
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I can't say how long they have for sure.... but I'd say at least a week (probably more for the mostly white one). They look kind of pregnant but they don't look that big. If you're worried about saving fry, either get a different tank to put the pregnant ones in, make sure there are plenty of hiding spaces. Otherwise, just add a lot of plants and other forms of cover. You'll save plenty babies that way.
Sorry I can't be more exact on this. It's really more speculation as all fish are different. Some can give birth without getting much bigger than normal, others can almost double in size.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-01-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah i havent noticed them get any larger since I've had them so i didn't know what to think, but I do see a gravid spot on the white one that wasn't there a few days ago, and thought that meant that she would be a few days away, but if you think it'll still be a while I'll let her loose again and just leave the dark one in the net since she looks bigger.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-01-2012, 09:34 PM
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Yeah. I could be wrong since I can't see her in person. However I think it's better for her health if she's not in there. They don't usually like the breeding traps and can get stressed out.
If your black one isn't seeming too stressed (she'd be doing things like swimming frantically around or hitting against the sides) then you should be able to keep her in there longer.
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