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autumn1123 12-08-2012 02:42 PM

Is my Molly pregnant?
 
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I have two dalmatian mollies, one of which is a female. When I bought her she was really skinny like my male, but in two weeks she has doubled in size.The first photo was when I brought her home, and the second photo is a current photo of her. I have not noticed her hiding out anywhere, but she is a little meaner than when I first brought her home. Is it possible that she is pregnant and if so, when should I look for her to have the fry?

cpwebsite 12-08-2012 09:47 PM

I believe she is pregnant. Mollies are harder than some livebearers because for most livebearers (guppies), you can see a big black dot behind the stomach which shows they are pregnant. However, if you are not sure and you want babies, it doesn't hurt to move her to a separate 10g breeding tank and you'll know in a month.

autumn1123 12-08-2012 10:00 PM

I am not sure how to set one up. I will be picking a ten gallon up from my brother in law tomorrow. What should I make sure I have in there for her? Will it stress her out being away from the others? if so, what will help her?

cpwebsite 12-08-2012 10:13 PM

start by getting a filter, and putting some nice lighting (2w/gallon)... thene sponge over it to protect the baby fish (or a floss bag). don't put any gravel, and get lots of plants to help the babies hide, especially near the bottom. feed them hikari baby bites (powder) to start and increase to crushed flakes as they grow... good luck, and if you need more help pm me!

autumn1123 12-10-2012 10:00 AM

OMG.. She had the fry last night efore I moved her to the fry tank... I have two left that is in a fry tank now... what do I feed them??

stetez 12-16-2012 07:52 PM

i have never had mollie fry but my guppie fry did well on tropical flakes there good cause they can be crushed small so there easy eat.

RackinRocky 12-25-2012 11:35 PM

Frozen baby brine shrimp will be gobbled up by the fry as well as crushed up veggie flakes. I raised my baby platies on those two things until they were old enough to eat the variety my mature fish eat. (I used the Omega One brand).

autumn1123 12-26-2012 03:38 PM

Well, it is with the saddest heart and tears that I have to say this.... I lost both of my babies- one yesterday and one today. Thank you all for the advice, and I will keep the notes so I can maybe have some surviving fry the next round. :(

RackinRocky 12-26-2012 04:26 PM

So sorry--I wonder why they died? Did they look abnormal in any way? I'm sure you'll have plenty more in the future, so don't despair too much. Hugs.

autumn1123 12-26-2012 07:27 PM

I am not sure why they died. I know one of them had a funny swim, but the other looked fine as far as I could tell. I am going to check their water and see if there was something wrong with the water, but there shouldn't be. I do a 20-25% change every other day and sometimes once a day (I am not using a filter in their tank as it is a 20 gal. with only 10 gal. of water. I checked it on the 24th and it seemed nearly perfect, but I will check it again just to make sure. It is just the thought that I lost the only two babies I could save. :(


R.I.P Thing 1 and Thing 2


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