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JustinK 12-18-2007 06:20 AM

Is my molly pregnant?
 
I have just bought a silver balloon molly 2 days ago. I just started to notice that her belly is unsually rounded as compared to another balloon molly i bought. Also near to the anal fin, there is a black spot/hole. Two male mollies were chasing after her, particularly aiming at the black spot. Is she pregnant? Please have a look at the photo and let me know your thoughts. THis is the first time I have a balloon molly in the tank, and i'm really clueless. Thanks heaps!

http://fishforum.com/userpix/4301_molly_2.jpg

Lupin 12-18-2007 08:21 AM

Yep. She's gravid.

Falina 12-18-2007 06:41 PM

I find it really difficult to tell with balloon mollies because of their altered shape, however we'll trust Lupin, LOL!

When the males are chasing after her aiming at her gravid spot, that's them trying to mate.

What is your ratio of males to females in the tank? Always aim to have 2-3 females for every male to avoid harrasment of the females.

JustinK 12-19-2007 07:17 AM

spot/hole getting much bigger...
 
I've been looking at the black spot (or gravid spot if you like). Surprisingly, the black spot has gotten so much bigger since yesterday, and it is opening up to a hole. It looks like something in her body is wanting to protrude out. Does this mean she will be giving birth soon? Or is it part of the pregnancy process?

http://fishforum.com/userpix/4301_molly_3.jpg

SeaSerpant 12-19-2007 10:09 PM

it will grow i think. it will become bigger and then when she squares off she's ready. i havn't personaly seen a squared off fish but that looks squarish.


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