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My black molly just had her fry
Old 05-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
 
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My black molly just had her fry

Hi guy's,

I had suspicions that my black molly in my 50G was pregnant a while back so I decided to be on the safe side and moved her to a 10G tank I had spare, my suspicions were correct when I went in there today and seen dozens of molly fry swimming around the bottom of the tank.

I'd like some advice to see if I took the right steps on this though since this is my first time having fry.

1.) I put screen over the filter intake tube to prevent fry from getting sucked in
2.) I removed the large molly after she had the fry to prevent her from eating them
2.) I placed a piece of sponge over the filter intake tube to reduce suction
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
 
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Hi guy's,

I had suspicions that my black molly in my 50G was pregnant a while back so I decided to be on the safe side and moved her to a 10G tank I had spare, my suspicions were correct when I went in there today and seen dozens of molly fry swimming around the bottom of the tank.

I'd like some advice to see if I took the right steps on this though since this is my first time having fry.

1.) I put screen over the filter intake tube to prevent fry from getting sucked in
2.) I removed the large molly after she had the fry to prevent her from eating them
2.) I placed a piece of sponge over the filter intake tube to reduce suction
You should feed them 2-3 times a day to make them grow faster until they are bigger.

Other then that you have done an amazing job so far. Good stuff.

Do you have any floating plants? If not, fry love floating plants because it gives them lots of cover.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
 
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Hi guy's,

I had suspicions that my black molly in my 50G was pregnant a while back so I decided to be on the safe side and moved her to a 10G tank I had spare, my suspicions were correct when I went in there today and seen dozens of molly fry swimming around the bottom of the tank.

I'd like some advice to see if I took the right steps on this though since this is my first time having fry.

1.) I put screen over the filter intake tube to prevent fry from getting sucked in
2.) I removed the large molly after she had the fry to prevent her from eating them
2.) I placed a piece of sponge over the filter intake tube to reduce suction
This thread has been helpful, I myself just had my Molly give birth, either my Gold or Black one. So knowing what to do is helpful. I wanted to ask how long will they give birth for, I've only seen 2 - 3 or so. I've moved them to a little breeding net.

Because I'm a nerd... hehe
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:10 AM   #4
 
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This thread has been helpful, I myself just had my Molly give birth, either my Gold or Black one. So knowing what to do is helpful. I wanted to ask how long will they give birth for, I've only seen 2 - 3 or so. I've moved them to a little breeding net.

Because I'm a nerd... hehe
I'm quite new at this myself but my black molly had dozens of fry so 2-3 doesn't seem normal but on the other hand if you didn't catch this quickly they could have easily consumed a large portion of the fry.

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You should feed them 2-3 times a day to make them grow faster until they are bigger.

Other then that you have done an amazing job so far. Good stuff.

Do you have any floating plants? If not, fry love floating plants because it gives them lots of cover.
Hey Termato,

thanks for your input. I'm going to feed them a combination of brine shrimp and crushed fish flakes twice a day.

I have a bundle of floating and planted fake plants in the tank to provide plenty of safety for the fry, I'm assuming this is why most of them survived after being in the tank with both of mollies for a couple of days, since they had a lot of places to stay hidden for the duration. After seeing the fry I quickly moved the larger mollies though.

I cleared out my 20G tall tank for when these guys get large enough to move (which should be 3-5 weeks?). I guess I'll keep a few and either give them to my LFS for store credit or just flat out give them away because of how common and easy it is to breed a molly, we'll see though :)
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:59 AM   #5
 
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Mine are two months old and just got big enough to move. Some were bigger first...

Yea if ur lFS gives u credit thats awesome!

Im actually waiting another few weeks beforr moving the fry. Just so their bigger.
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