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Hoffer15 06-15-2013 05:13 PM

Molly is pregnant (I Think??)
 
Im sure this is old hat for some, but bear with me.I have male and female dalmatian mollys the female looks fat and the male is chasing her and nugging her under belly not sure what that means?? but got a breading net for her, but how do you know when to put her in there?? also have a cream gold/yellow molly that is the same way?? can anybody give a newbie some help.
Thanks for the time:lol:
Bob
Hoffer15

SeaHorse 06-16-2013 10:43 AM

Hi Bob. The problem with Live bearers is that yes they are almost always pregnant and if there is a Male present... guaranteed. Gestation is average 28 days so count out on your calender and start watching her/them to square off at the front underside. She will start hiding a day or so before dropping her fry too. 2ndly, to help the females combat the constant male harassment, a "harem" is best, so 1 M to 3 Females BUT that means way more fry potential. Kind of a vicious circle. Depends on if you can grow them out and sell them to a LFS or not.
Another way that works for Moms/fry (this is what I used to do) is when you know she is close to do a water change with dechlor that evening and set the water at no more than 2 degrees below your tank water temp... do about 30 %. When done shut off your lights for the night... so you are creating a cooling evening rain effect. If you don't have floating live plants, lay a few plastic ones on the surface to create a sense of security/hiding area.
In the morning don't turn on the lights... If you can peak in the back corners with a flash light around the rim of the tank... the fry when first born will be on the surface along the rim, in the corners. (still kind of stunned from the process but it won't take them long to get their bearings).
Feed everyone else in the tank at the far end of the tank, sinking food preferably... (they are so curious they come see what you are doing) so send them all far away while you work on scooping fry up with a net into a container of tank water to move to another tank or straight into the fry net. Make sure the fry net or baby tank if it's floating stays secured above the surface.... it takes only a few minutes for all fry to escape and become dinner. At some point you will have so many that you will just add lots of plants and provide cover and will likely have 1-5 survivors each drop,... letting nature take it's course. That's what I do now.
Release fry into the main tank when they are bigger than the biggest mouth that can eat them.
Good luck... keep us posted! Don't hesitate to ask any questions here.

Hoffer15 06-16-2013 10:57 AM

Why does the male keep tapping the underside of the female?? Just mother Nature working. So you dont use a breeder net you just move the little fish to the net. Thanks for all the great info!!!!
Bob
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SeaHorse 06-16-2013 01:42 PM

Well my tank is huge, a 75 fully planted. I had 3 Swordtail drops in a row... 6, 10- then 65 without word of a lie!... I quickly switched to survival of the fittest after raising and selling as many as I could. It's a huge job + extra tank. So now I just let nature take it's course and I don't even keep track of who is pregnant and not. The fry will drop down amongst the plants and hide. I not to look for them... they are curious and come out to see me and I don't want them to get "noticed".
Yes poking at her is part of it, pestering really. I often will separate my Female to a 10 gallon for a "rest" for a few days... especially after dropping her fry. Or if I have 2 females ready to drop I have put in a divider with lots of plants to keep Dad and other tank mates away for a week or two. He'll usually wait at the screen for her!! lol

dhaval0603 06-22-2013 02:28 AM

Friends,
i cant figure out if this molly is pregnant or not?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nvakogf0kf5b7fh/DSC_1088.jpg
her behaviour is quite normal. sometimes she is chased by the male molly but that is happening from the time i bought dem.

i googled about pregnant mollies, and came across the gravid spot thing, but i cnt spot such a spot on my molly..

should i trap her in a breeding box or is it a false alarm?

dhaval0603 06-22-2013 02:41 AM

White molly, over-fed or pregnant?
 
Friends,
i cant figure out if this molly is pregnant or not?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nvakogf0kf5b7fh/DSC_1088.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nvakogf0kf5b7fh/DSC_1088.jpg
her behaviour is quite normal. sometimes she is chased by the male molly but that is happening from the time i bought dem.

i googled about pregnant mollies, and came across the gravid spot thing, but i cnt spot such a spot on my molly..

should i trap her in a breeding box or is it a false alarm?

SeaHorse 06-22-2013 05:05 AM

Yes dhaval your Molly is very pregnant and has "squared off" at the front...she is days away. 28 is the average cycle. She is white so you should be able to see a gravid spot on her too.

dhaval0603 06-22-2013 06:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jakiebabie (Post 2376242)
Yes dhaval your Molly is very pregnant and has "squared off" at the front...she is days away. 28 is the average cycle. She is white so you should be able to see a gravid spot on her too.

:) :)
I will trap her in a seperate bowl :)
Thankyou!!


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