10-10-2011, 01:31 PM
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I can relate. I wasn't expecting to become a surrogate mom when I got my first Molly. Didn't know I bought her pregnant, so now I have two of her babies (the rest were enjoyed for lunch by the tankmates.) Then came another pregnant molly, who died shortly after birth, and is survived by 3 fry. It's become a bad habit to get out of, knowing that these fry will grow up and hopefully put a few dollars in my pocket. Low and behold, 4 mollies and 5 babies later, breeding is something I never saw myself doing, but am slowly in the process of staying in. Like I said, majority of the fry don't make it, but the 2 or 3 that do still put enough of a smile on my face. I've had the breeder net in my tank so long now, it would be weird to picture it without it sitting there, lol. The cichlids are very neat to look at when I'm at the store, they have such personality about them, but I have a wide variety community tank that I could never realistically see myself owning one.