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JuzAsh 11-17-2009 02:42 AM

yellow balls after giving birth
i brought a balloon molly today and after a couple of hours noticed 7 fry...we have moved them to a separate tank, and put her in a breeding box...but she now has lots of pea sized yellow balls in there with her...what could they be?

1077 11-17-2009 05:10 AM

Probably dead aborted fish. When livebearer's such as guppies,mollies,and platy's and swordtails begin birthing, it is best not to disturb or move the fish until they finish or they may abort the births prematurely. I have witnessed mollie's give birth in as little as an hour ,and some,took nearly a day to give birth to all of the fry. Diet and water quality also can play a large role with success in spawning. Livebearer's need hard alkaline water, and are largely herbivores who need substantial vegetable matter and or algae in their diets.You could purchase some live floating plants which will give young fish places to hide as well as food for both fry and adults.
Again mollie's do best in hard alkaline water with pH values between 7.4 and 7.8 and enjoy warmer temps between 75-80 degreesF with 78 F being ideal.

JuzAsh 11-17-2009 03:55 PM

We did think it was her abortiong...probably a good thing there was 50 odd...we already have 2 pregnant guppys and little guppy fry.
was a lovely surprise to find baby balloon mollies yesterday afternoon...i'll no what to do next time now
thanks for your reply was helpful

willow 11-18-2009 01:39 PM

hello and welcome.

julem35 01-16-2011 05:23 PM

I would say it was the stress of the breeding net, but that's just me.

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