05-10-2012, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Jakiebabie
is there any thing i can do to encourage the birth? ie water condition
Mollies will drop their fry every 35 days... fyi! Yes you can do a water change on your tank very close to the due date of the next drop but make the temperature a degree or two cooler than your tank currently is. It's like in the wild with a cooling rain shower... brings on the birth of the fry, usually in the early morning hours. That way she does not have to stay in the breeding box very long at all.
Personally I use a fully cycled 10 gal nursery tank for my fry. After you keep them in a net for a week and get the opportunity to give them more space, you will always try to give them more. They immediately become more social and interactive rather than just hovering there looking at each other.
(I actually put Mom into the 10g to drop the fry, then scoop Mom out after. Beats chasing 50+ fry around) Good luck!!!
A water change always seems to induce labor in my female fish who are close to giving birth. Some fish wait until the water quality is better before they give birth. I've heard some fish will hold in their little brood until they feel the environment is ideal.