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acalbi923 12-08-2008 03:45 PM

Molly fry survival rate?
I have a pregnant molly in my tank and i dont have access to a quarantine tank at the time. The tank is 46 gallons pretty densely planted in 1 corner. Im worried the fry wont survive. What are my options? I have heard that those baskets arent good so what do you all suggest? Thanks

Highland lake13 12-08-2008 09:41 PM

If you don't use any means of protection for the fry, they will most likey become fish food within a week of being born. Try to find a plastic fish breeder i use them for all my live bearers and they have about a 95% survival rate. Good Luck


iamntbatman 12-12-2008 04:12 PM

Are you trying to save as many fry as possible? If your tank is the one in your avatar, you can bet on some fry surviving. You can try to catch them in a breeding trap or move them to another tank, but you'll have another batch of fry in a month. Unless you've got specific plans for all of those fry, it's probably best to let nature take it's course.

Oldman47 12-15-2008 07:06 PM

I like to use a heavy planting to spare some of my livebearer fry. When I say a havy planting it doesn't need to be real plants but it needs to be dense enough the adults have a hard time swimming through it.
This is a clump of java moss in an endler tank. I didn't bother with a big clump because the endlers won't try hard to eat the fry.
This is a silk plant forest in another tank with just a bit of java moss on the right side. Again the fish involved are not much threat to their fry without cover.
If you only have mollies in your tank, you should not need more thatn this for good survival rates. If you have tetras or barbs you will get a few but not many with only this amount of cover.

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