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FishySuzy 06-21-2009 07:24 PM

How much longer for my Molly?
I bought 3 female fish for my tank on Friday. I bought 2 "Fancy Guppy" females and a Balloon Belly Molly. One of the Guppies and the Molly were pregnant when I bought them. I was told that my Molly is almost done with her pregnancy, but she's not "squared off". The Guppy still has a few weeks to go. Would it make it easier if I gave yall a picture of the Molly?

Guppyluver4ever 06-21-2009 07:32 PM

if you could it would be very nice :-)

FishySuzy 06-21-2009 07:57 PM

Give me a bit. True Blood is on. :D

FishySuzy 06-21-2009 08:58 PM

Mmkay! Here's a picture of Momma Belly.

FishySuzy 06-22-2009 01:42 PM

Ahhh! I had dreams about her fry all night...

DragonFish 06-22-2009 02:19 PM

She looks very, very close ;) Never had a Balloon myself so I don't know what they look like when there about to give birth, but I'd suppose look for the usual squared off livebearer belly, as you had mentioned. Without knowing when her last drop was/when she became pregnant it can be very hard to guess. Squared belly is your best bet, watch her closely and keep us updated! Get some pics of the fry if you can, always wondered what Ballon Molly fry looked like ;)

And congrats on the fish dream! Means your becoming one of us crazy ones x3

FishySuzy 06-23-2009 01:38 PM


FishySuzy 06-23-2009 10:58 PM

I think the time is getting near. She started hanging out at the bottom of my tank today, so I put the breeders net in and put her in it. I'll keep yall updated.

DragonFish 06-24-2009 09:55 AM

How exciting! :-D

Carful though, Breeder nets/boxes can stress out the expecting mother. That doesn't mean not use them, I have to use them too if I want to save any fry from my Platys(If my angel doesn't get them, by Dwarf Gourami will), but just be carful. If she doesn't drop in.....oh, 36-48 hours then take her out so she doesn't become too stressed :-)
Also, perhaps add a small plastic plant/stem of a bushyish live plant into the breeder net for the fry to hide from mother in ;-)

Best of luck! I hope you have lots of little fry soon!

FishySuzy 06-24-2009 08:19 PM

I decided to take her out because she was looking a bit stressed. She's still quite partial to the bottom of the tank. I had to (I KNOW THIS IS SO BAD!) put my hand up to the glass where she was to get her up to the top of the tank for dinner noms because when I open the hood, usually all the livebearers, and sometimes the Ghost Catfish all spaz up to the top center of the tank, and she didn't.

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