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Hi, I have a molly which is about to have babies any day now. My question is, how will I know when she's about to give birth , and should I move her out of the main tank and if so when should I do so? Also, what should I feed the fry? Sorry for all of the questions, Im a newbie and have never had a pregnant fish. Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks:-P
I don't know specifically for mollies but as a general rule I heard the time to move the pregnant molly out was as soon as she was pregnant. Moving a fish from container to container will be extremely stressfull even if the water parameters are similar. I read that stressing her can cause her to abort the fry.
You can move her anytime. Make sure there is sufficient plants, especially floating so the fry can escape a mom that just sees food!
Fry love baby brine shrimp that you can hatch or buy frozen. Hikari makes a powdered fry food called 'First Bites'. However, any high quality flake food can be used. Just rub between your thumb and forefinger into nearly a powder as you feed.
They will also peck at plants if available. Remember to feed fry 3-4 times a day as they are small and growing.
Also, use filtration that will prevent the fry from being pulled in. This could be a sponge filter or an inlet tube that is covered in some way to protect them.
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