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lawl1231 10-20-2012 08:23 PM

My molly, pregnant? Or sick?

Hello, I recently got a couple fish from my local pet store. Thus including a male and female molly, ( I need to include that I DID NOT think of getting another female, sorry for my stupidity ).

The female has a big round belly, squarish you could say... The male constantly chases her around, sometimes she'll go by the filter and sit there, and then he'll come around there and disturb her. I am not assured of this but I think she maybe pregnant some. I'm not sure what's wrong with her, or something else. She usually just sits on the gravel by the male, or by herself...

Is she sick?
Will this kill the female/hurt any other fish in my aquarium?

Please help, I also have some pictures of her and the male: Female is on the left in the first one, the female is one the right on the second.

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Thank you for reading/posting.

squishylittlefishies 10-20-2012 10:49 PM

sounds like she is pregnant to me! Usually as they progress in the pregnancy you will see her gavid spot (area near anal fin) darkening. She is just sitting on the bottom because all those lil babies get heavy!
And No, this will not hurt your other fish :) . However, she will get sick from the male harrassing her. You need at least one more female for her to be happy.
Congrats in advance for the babies!

DragonFyre14 10-21-2012 01:49 AM

It does sound as if she is pregnant. So make sure to start planning for babies! :) I would like to point out though, that (especially on mollies and I've heard even on platys) the gravid spot is not a very reliable signal. Due to the coloration and thick skin of the Molly (as compared the guppies) gravid spots are much harder to see and often don't show up at all.
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