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watts300 03-13-2009 10:25 AM

A lone fry. BIZARRE. What do you think? (pics and vid)
This is really weird. I cannot explain it.

In my 10 gallon aquarium, I have two small loaches, and two mollies -- one balloon (Chubby), one marble.(Slim)

It can't be a loach because it doesn't have the unique body shape.

But mollies have rather "ordinary" shapes. However, the two mollies have been in the tank since day one. They were the initiators of the water cycling. To be fair, people always assume the balloon to be pregnant. But I don't believe it because for one, they're bloated and called balloon mollies for a reason.
For two, Chubby has always looked the same. Never bigger, never smaller.
Video, here is what they look like.

Then this morning... I found this little dude swimming around in the water.

What the heck?
Click to view. These are as good as I can get.


Video: If it helps, here's the fry some more.

I did see Slim going after it once. So evidently there is at least one fish in there that would eat it. And I assume the loaches would also, without hesitation.
If there were ever others, they have probably since been devoured. But I sit and watch my fish a lot. It's almost better than TV. I've never seen anything else like this.

I'm also pondering what to do with it. In my 20 gallon I only have the 3 platies, but the water it not totally cycled yet. Its very close though. 0 ammonia, 40ish nitrates, but about 1-1.5 nitrites.
But in there, I have live plants including a large clump of java moss where it could hang out and be safe. As far as being eaten, meh.. I don't care. I only want it to survive to help solve this mystery of where it came from.

watts300 03-13-2009 11:06 AM

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle.

I found 4 more. Or was it three.. I don't remember. I had three in the shot glass at first trying to decide which tank would give them the better chance of survival. Then I decided I'd put one in the 20 gallon and 2 back in the 10. After I put them back.. I saw a loach eat one up. Haha. Oops.

So I rounded up a few more (I've lost track) and moved them to the 20. Something tells me they might do better in there. ;)

Nudist 03-13-2009 12:13 PM

i have no idea what they could be but why dont you get a breeder net to put them in, that way they at least have a chance of making it.


watts300 03-13-2009 12:36 PM

I think they'll be okay in the 20.

I also guess I just need to accept that they came from Chubby. Haha.
The good thing is that they'll have a home back in the 10 because after I can get all the other four transferred, I'm giving that aquarium to a friend. It'll save her the couple of bucks on new fish. ;)

eileen 03-13-2009 06:27 PM

Looks like a molly fry. If you have alot of cover for them to hide they should be ok in the tank. Java moss is great for baby fish. You might want to put a fine net, small bio bag net or panty hose over the intake filter valve. Use a rubber band or tie wrap to connect so it does not get sucked up in the filter. I have this over the intake so the baby fish have a better chance and my baby red cherry shrimp . I don't like breeder nets and boxes. If you provide enough plants and places to hide it gives them a better chance.With any livebearer you can't save them all. I figure the strong and smart ones will survive and I'm sure that in the coming months you will have even more babies. I like having a community tank as the bigger fish will control some of the over population of excess fry and you will have some surviors.

tophat665 03-13-2009 08:12 PM

Those are molly fry all right. Mollies can give birth for quite some time after being impregnated, so if you don't have a male, it's entirely possible, frankly verging on certainty if you bought them out of a tank with even one male in it, that they were pregnant when you put them in the tank, and just held off on dropping fry until the cycle was completed and the fry stood a chance to survive.

Oldman47 03-14-2009 10:06 PM

They look like molly fry to me too. It is a bit hard to tell from your pictures. This is what newborn molly fry look like. Shown with the female. The female was quite heavy that same morning so I know it is the same day.

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