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FishGirl 05-17-2008 01:34 AM

Good golly Miss Molly...
 
My Silver Lyretail Sailfin molly gave birth to about 100 +/- (best as I can count) fry this morning. I guess I can't call her "Rotunda" anymore as she now has a svelt slim and proportionate new body. :wink:

Mom was looking kind of rough at 4:30 AM and I was a bit concerned about her condition. I've fed her numerous times today (little piggy) and she's seemed to have bounced back nicely. She's even been playing in the current a bit and I think I saw her smile because she could fit back into her old pair of favorite jeans. :lol:

She gave birth 34 days after her last batch (whatever one calls a gaggle of fry). The previous batch was about 15 (that I found, the male was in with her then and may have consumed some fry) and she was nowhere as big then as she got this time around.

Well, these are exciting days. Now to figure out what to do with all those babies... Yikes! :shock:

Lupin 05-17-2008 01:51 AM

Re: Good golly Miss Molly...
 
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Originally Posted by FishGirl
My Silver Lyretail Sailfin molly gave birth to about 100 +/- (best as I can count) fry this morning. I guess I can't call her "Rotunda" anymore as she now has a svelt slim and proportionate new body. :wink:

Good grief!:shock:

Congrats!:thumbsup:

FishGirl 05-17-2008 02:27 AM

I've been reading and expected around 40 fry. Different people say different things and I've heard up to about 80 for this breed. Needless to say, they're difficult to count since they keep moving... One, two. Nope One, two, three. Aargh! One...

I'm amazed at the amount of healthy, thriving fry there are overall. We had a farm and raised all kinds of animal babies. Now we're in the city and I'm bonding with fishies...

Lupin 05-17-2008 05:19 AM

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Originally Posted by FishGirl
I've been reading and expected around 40 fry. Different people say different things and I've heard up to about 80 for this breed. Needless to say, they're difficult to count since they keep moving... One, two. Nope One, two, three. Aargh! One...

I'm amazed at the amount of healthy, thriving fry there are overall. We had a farm and raised all kinds of animal babies. Now we're in the city and I'm bonding with fishies...

I have to admit that is the reason I loathe keeping livebearers. Whatever species I keep, I get 30-50 and several manage to survive. I no longer am interested keeping them. Have fun keeping them.:lol: ;)

okiemavis 05-18-2008 12:27 PM

Livebearers are a blessing and a curse. They are a blast if you want to play with genetics, as they breed so quickly and prolifically. On the other hand, they're a pain in the neck if you don't have anywhere to put all those babies!

Good luck with such a large drop, I'll be very interested to see how many of the fry survive.

fish_4_all 05-18-2008 02:29 PM

Too much fun and the offspring you get can often be so different from the parents.

I have seen batches from platties and Swords from 10-80 so 100 from a big mollie doesn't suprise me.


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