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monsterchic6643 07-27-2013 05:55 PM

Pregnant Molly's?
 
I just bought 2 mollies from the pet store and requested that they already be pregnant so we searched for 2 possible winners.

Now I need everyone's opinion as to whether or not they are infact pregnant.

Dalmation Molly:
IMG067_zpsec87c0e2.jpg Photo by monsterchic6643 | Photobucket

Gold Dust Molly:
IMG066_zpscc9a2568.jpg Photo by monsterchic6643 | Photobucket

DragonFyre14 07-27-2013 06:02 PM

They definitely look like they are pregnant. If they are females and were kept in the same tank as male mollies, it is almost guaranteed that they are pregnant. If you aren't sure whether or not they are females, let me know and I can post pictures and such to help you find out.

monsterchic6643 07-27-2013 06:13 PM

Yes please help me out with the male and female thing. I have a tank that is 55 gallon which we were just putting fish in for color because its in the family room. This tank is in my room and i would like to have baby fish so I do not have to keep buying fish.

I am almost positive they were kept in a tank with males and females I got them from Jacks pets and aquarium.

DragonFyre14 07-27-2013 06:23 PM

Most places I've been to keep male and female mollies together.
Note how the male has a genopodium (long tube like fin) rather than an anal fin like the female.
here is a side by side comparison http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/2862_male1female_1.jpg

monsterchic6643 07-27-2013 06:29 PM

Both Molly's look to be female to me. Is there any way to tell for sure if they are truly pregnant and how much longer they have?

DragonFyre14 07-27-2013 06:34 PM

There isn't really a sure fire way. Usually if you just look at them to see if they are bulging out like this:http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...e/molly004.jpg

The best way to tell if they are close to giving birth, is to look at the stomach and see if it is squared off. The stomach usually squares off a couple days before she gives birth.

monsterchic6643 07-27-2013 06:37 PM

Ok. neither one of them look like their stomachs are that big so I will just have to keep and eye on them. They are in a tank together with no other fish and once they give birth im going to put them in the larger tank so the possible babies have a chance to grow.

DragonFyre14 07-27-2013 06:55 PM

The bellies don't always get that big but If the bellies are bulging a bit similar to that they are fairly pregnant. I've had one or two guppies who have given birth to 3 or 4 fry without getting big at all. I didn't even know they were pregnant.

monsterchic6643 07-27-2013 06:58 PM

Are molly's known to eat the babies? I have a ceramic car in the tank so they can use it to hide but im not sure if its good enough. Unfortunately I am unable to get a breeding net until next week or possibly later.

DragonFyre14 07-27-2013 07:07 PM

Mollies will eat their babies like nearly all livebearers do. I can't say if that is enough hiding space for the fry. If the tank is heavily planted, more fry are likely to survive. My guess is you won't have fry until next week but it's nearly impossible to tell right now. Even if you miss this batch of fry, there will be another one in a month or two.


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