07-03-2013, 09:18 PM
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Yup, it can indeed be a sign of labor. I have a few mollies and platies that do this.
It's also normal for them to give birth to a couple fry here and there, stop, and then resume 1-7 days later. Usually it means they were growing multiple broods, but it could also mean she paused.
As for your molly changing color, they were younger mollies. =) With he type you have, it's VERY common for them to get darker as they get older. Full-blood Marble or Dalmatian mollies usually start out white and grow in their spots and darker colors after they hit the month mark and usually continue for the first year and a half. However, they also tend to get darker with age, though some actually go backwards and will get lighter. lol I had a molly that started out white, got a few spots in after it was a few weeks old...stayed half black and half white for the first five months, and then suddenly started turning all black aside from the white lines marbles usually keep. =)
Also, just in case! I'd feed your mollies a pea. You can give them a cooked, shelled pea once per week. I've found females, especially during pregnancy, tend to get constipated often. Giving them a bit of a pea once per week will help keep that from happening and make them more comfortable, it's also good for them. You can do it twice per week if you want, but I'd not give more since it IS a laxative, as good for them as fresh greens are. ^_~