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La Reina 03-14-2010 09:37 AM

Well there, I've done it. I own a trio of Mollies. :)
I went out last night and got myself a trio of really nice silver mollies, and one of the females is visibly pregnant! I'm so excited for future fry.
They look like this: (Not my picture.)

WEEEEEEE! I can't wait! :-D

Are there any tips or tricks to help a fish when she's giving birth, or special care of the babies? (I know that they eat crushed flake food.)

At what age or length can you start to distinguish genders? and what age or length can a molly become pregnant?

FYI I do have a five gallon tank with filter and a divider, as well as a net breeder box thingie for when the fry are really tiny. Also, when the gravid spot appears, how long until birth?

fryup 03-14-2010 09:42 AM

gravid spots can be visable on a pregnant or a non pregnant female......and some females just dont develop them :):):)
crushed flakes will be fine for babys

and dont move the female, just let her give birth in the main tank then scoop the fry up and put them in the breeder net :):):)

redchigh 03-14-2010 10:09 AM

if you want to use the breeder box/seperation, that's fine, but personally I'm a fan of just having a heavily planted tank and letting nature take it's course.
MAny fry survive in a heavily planted tank.

And they're easy to sex at about 8-10 weeks old.

Anyways, good luck with the babies.

As for sexing...

You can tell the males apart by the gonopodium, a pointy structure at the front of the anal fin.
the females have a fan shaped fin

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