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Aravyndra 01-05-2010 02:20 PM

Some Confusion on caring for pregnant molly
I've been going from site to site trying to find information, but so far I've come up basically stuck between two sets of advice.

My Molly is pregnant.

Very pregnant.

She was very lean and straight as an arrow, till a week after I introduced other mollies... then slowly I noticed her getting bigger and bigger. She eats great and swims fine which is why I knew it wasn't anything like swim bladder or anything serious.

Not to mention, she looks like picture of other pregnant dalmation mollies.

My question is this...

I've gone from site to site looking for help on what to do to protect the fry. (I am getting a 75 gallon tank soon, and I'd like it to be freshwater with mollies, tetras, and a few Dojo loaches.)

So far, the advice has been 50/50 on two sides.

50% say she should be separated into a 5 to 10 gallon tank where she can have her babies in peaces, and when she's done she can be reintroduced into the main tank... then the babies can be introduced once they're big enough.

50% say she's too far along her pregnancy to be moved, and I should buy a breeders net or nursery trap where the fry can fall to the bottom... They say I'll never have time to properly cycle the new tank (cause I'd have to buy one), and the stress would probably cause her to abort.

so can anyone help me break this even split?

kelly528 01-05-2010 02:36 PM

Seed the 10g with filter media from your 75.

Aravyndra 01-05-2010 02:58 PM

I don't have the 75... I'm GETTING a 75 soon which is why I want to keep the fry.

LisaC144 01-05-2010 03:08 PM

Not sure of the answer you are looking for. you don't have the 75 gallon yet. If you have a 5 or 10 gallon tank ready, the obvious answer would be to move her to that until she drops her fry then move her back to the main tank. The breeder net/box would cause more stress due to the confined space. If you don't have the 5 or 10 gallon tank nor the 75 gallon tank, the answer would be to move her to a breeder box so the fry don't get eaten. Does that help?

Aravyndra 01-05-2010 03:24 PM

I don't have the 75 gallon now, its something I'm going to buy probably in the next month or two.

I also don't have a spare tank, that's why I'm asking what I should do, do I need to go buy one or is it too late to set one up and plop her in and I should go with the breeder trap instead.

LisaC144 01-05-2010 03:50 PM

She looks like she's about to drop any day now. You probably won't be able to get the new tank cycled in time. I guess seeding it is a possibility, but not sure on the time frame that would take (not sure if it is immediate or not). If you have no other choice, get a large breeder trap and remove the pregnant molly once she drops her fry.

kelly528 01-05-2010 03:50 PM

A storage bin will do in a pinch. Clean the water lots and it shouldn't stress her too much.

Aravyndra 01-05-2010 04:02 PM

While I'm not a fan, I think the best thing probably will be to get a nursery/breeder trap, let her have the fry then release her. I think she's showing signs of getting ready to drop the babies. I don't want to put her in any undo stress by dropping her into a new, uncycled tank.

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