Pregnant Dalmation Molly Question
I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me find out about how long I have till she births her fry so I can seperate her before. I have her in a 20 gallon tank with 4 other dalmation mollys (3 male 1 female) and 4 rosy barbs. I have just recently got back into fish keeping and when I did it before if there were pregnancies then I wasnt aware of them. Also I was wondering if I should put her into a completely seperate tank (I have an unused 10 gallon) or if I should put her in one of those floating birthing boxes in her regular tank.
Any Info will help!
attachment #1 is my pregnant molly,
#2 is the other female who I assume isnt pregnant, so a referance shot
#3 is a side/back shot of the pregnant one was the best one i had to show size of the belly
If i remember right it is about 28 days. If you have a lot of hiding places in your tank you could leave her in the tank. Some fry will get eaten but many will survive. if you want to keep them all mover to a hang in tank breeding tank with the v separator, because she will eat her own young.
on another note you should have a 3 females to 1 male for your Mollies. other wise the males will harass her to death.
Good luck on your fry.
I just bought them at the local petsmart yesterday and asked the lady for all females...but somehow I ended up with mostly males, I was planning to call today and see if I could exchange or return two but haven't got around to it yet.
But since I don't know how far along she is but can tell she is pregnant my main question is when do I know when to put her Into the breeder?
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I say to minimize the stress on her i would do it now. If they are too far along they can give birth to early and they will die, the fry.
Should I leave her in 24/7 till she does or just at night?
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If you put her in the breeder box leave her in there 24/7. If you keep taking her out and putting her back in it is going to stress her way more because you have to chace her with the net to catch her every time and that will cause more problems and you will end up with early birth which will give you mostly undeveloped dead fry still attached to their yolk sacks. So put her in there and then leave her in there. She doesn't look like she is going to drop soon as far as what I can tell from the pictures IF the stress did not affect her and she will carry them full term. Make sure though on the breeder that you get for her please don't get the one with the V in it that separates the mom and the fry when they are born. They are way to small for them and she won't be able to swim around until she does have her fry.
If you are going that route get the 3 way breeder that has like a slated bottom on it that goes in and separates the mom from the fry. That still gives her plenty of room to swim until she has them. I really wouldn't usually recommend putting them in there if you don't know when they are going to drop because she could also just be fat on top of pregnant and then be in there a long time. But if you do want to keep the fry please get the larger breeder box for her. Also you can just leave her out and watch her. Signs she is going into labor are she will hide in a corner and the others will try and chase her around more. She will breathe a lot heavier she will square off where she looks square on the bottom part of her stomach or pretty much the bottom becomes straight instead of round because not all livebearers square off in my experience. And then also the gravid spot.
Also they usually drop in the early morning hours around 4am give or take an hour. Well that is when they will start. Mine always dropped at 4-4:30am every time. Then when she drops just remember its about 28-30 days until she will drop again so then you know and will have an idea of when to get her in the box. Hope this helps. I seem to ramble sometimes...lol. Good luck and if you have any more questions let me know. I have been breeding them for a few years now and have dealt with everything during births from fry being stuck to the mom having her insides come out and then go back in the next day after she was done having her fry. That only happened once and I thought she was going to die but she kept dropping fry. So just let me know if you have anything else you would like to know about how to take care of the fry or anything like that also! Good luck and keep us posted!!! :-)
Thank you your post is very helpful! I have her in the breeder you told me not to get right now but I will go buy a different breeder tomorrow. I THINK that I see a gravid spot but I'm not sure so I'd rather be safe than sorry. I went and returned two of the males today for another female and I'm pretty sure she is pregnant as well...but the one in the breeder looks farther along! I'll definitely let you know if I have anymore questions!!
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mandi85710 gave you some great advice.. I just wanted to add that it helps to turn the light out for the duration of her birthing and also beforehand if she seems stressed from being in the breeder- it helps calm them down. Also, after she is done, she will be very hungry, so be sure to feed her afterwards, if you can.
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