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sokhom666 05-23-2008 01:39 AM

Pregnant Molly
I have a pregnant dalmatian molly that was pregnant when i got her and her stomach was recognizable as pregnant since the first day i got her, i have her in a small tank with 2 male dalmatians and 3 guppies. My question is, should the mother be removed once the babies are born? and If I should be concerneda bout the guppies and male dalmatians being around the frys, is there a risk of them being eaten?

I dont check here too often, so id appreciate it if you could e-mail me with any suggestions:

FishGirl 05-24-2008 03:51 AM

I emailed you a response.

Flashygrrl 05-24-2008 04:49 AM

Replies should be posted in here also for the benefit of other posters. Thanks :)

FishGirl 05-24-2008 11:12 AM

Here ya go... Nothin' fancy...

The two male mollies will pester her and really stress her out. Mollies should actually be kept at a ratio of about 3-4 females per male so any one doesn't get worn down by their constant attention. The guppies and the mollies depending on their size, can all eat fry. You will have to make a decision what you will do with the fry. You can get a fry net for about $4 from Petco/PetSmart and catch the fry you find in the tank with a small net and carefully put them in the fry net until they are large enough (4-8 weeks) not to get eaten by the bigger fish. Or you can let the other fish eat whatever fry they want and maybe/maybe not have a couple fry survive.

You don't say how large your tank is so I can't give too much information. I have multiple tanks. One is a "fry" tank that I raise smaller fry in and put the mothers in when they are getting close to birthing.

okiemavis 05-24-2008 11:50 AM

1+ Flashygrrl

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