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Aprocot 05-22-2009 06:47 PM

Fish babies
i just got home and noticed i have fish babies. how do i tell which fish is mom and what kind i got. i have both mollies and guppies.
any advice you can give me would be helpful.;-)

whitedevil 05-22-2009 06:57 PM

The newly skinny one is the mom.

eileen 05-22-2009 07:02 PM

If you have alot of guppys and mollies it would be hard to tell. If the mollies are blk. the babies will be blk. or if the mollies are yellow sometimes the babies will be that color. Guppy babies are a light light tan color when they are born. Feed them crushed flake food ground to a fine power. Dip a toothpick in the water then in the food. Keep the toothpick in with the food. Provide alot of cover in floating plants and in the tank if you want to leave them with the other fish. Some will get eaten. If you want to save most of them you will have to buy a breeder net thing to raise them in and they can grow up in that net with some floating plants inside til they get big enough to not fit in the biggest fishes mouth. You can also buy a small 2.5 gal.- 5 gal. to raise the babies in. Oh and if you do try to save them and put them somewhere they are really hard to catch. I removed the other fish in the tank for awhile when I saw enough of the babies so they would not eat the babies I was trying to catch. That way it made it easy to catch the baby fish. You might have to remove all the plants and stuff just to catch them. Good Luck!

Aprocot 05-22-2009 07:19 PM

i have 2 newly skiny fish one a guppy and one a dalmation mollie. i am have a little 1 gallon will that do. or would you recomend a net

Oldman47 05-22-2009 07:39 PM

If the fry are large, it is molly fry. If they are tiny they are guppy fry. Molly fry are quite large compared to guppy fry. If you wait long enough after the drop, the guppies will probably catch up because their fry grow faster.

These are newborn molly fry at less than 8 hours old.

Aprocot 05-22-2009 08:08 PM

I have 2 larger fry and 4 little itty bitty fry. does that mean i have 2 mollies and 4 guppies. and how long should i segregate the fry from my main tank

Oldman47 05-23-2009 08:06 AM

It sure sounds like it. The itty bitty fry will be guppies. The molly fry in my picture are about typical for a newborn molly.

adiumroot 05-28-2009 01:54 PM

My molly fry are at a few days old and wow, they really are agile. They can easily dodge and outrun the large goldfish trying to gulp them. I won't be moving them, since I'll be subscribing to natural population control. I think at least 5 will make it to the point where they can't be eaten by the other fish. In a pure livebearer setup, I'm sure even more will make it to adulthood.

Chicklet 05-29-2009 09:37 PM

One of the best ways I have found to prevent the adults from eating the young fry is to feed more often,
Since I have started this routine Nobody looks sideways at a newborn fry...

But then I feed at least 6 times a day...
The fry have gone from darting and dodging the jaws of the adults to swimming freely amongst them.

Guppyluver4ever 05-30-2009 08:09 AM

ya, guppy fry are TINY!!!!

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