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luckysarah 11-07-2010 08:58 AM

Few molly questions
I have a 30 gallon tank that I was looking to only keep mollies in (balloon mollies to be specific).

I started with 3 (1m and 2f), one of the females is VERY pregnant and it has been about 10 days and still no babies, she has been eating on and off but kind of hides neat the filter/heater and chases everyone else away, then she will become social again for a few hours and then back to the heater/filter she goes.

She is HUGE, I tried to get a pic but it was too blurry, anyways I am kind of worried as to why she hasn't had her fry yet, wondering how or if I can know if something is not right? and if there is anything else I can do to help.

Another question, yesterday I bought two more balloon mollies, they are quite a bit younger/smaller then my current mollies, and I thought they were 2 females but with one of the new additions its very hard to tell but I noticed this morning that the larger male was chasing him/her (not to mate but chasing and nipping) so I am assuming that the new one is a male....

So 3 females and 2 males seems like a bad combination, but I was hoping to raise and keep some fry so I don't want a full tank.... should I return the male to the store or get a couple more females? Right now the tank only has the 5 mollies and 3 bloodfin tetras (the tetras will be moving as soon as my other tank finishes cycling 100%)

thefishboy 11-07-2010 09:00 AM

usually gestation is about 4-7 weeks. My platy is verry pregnant and has been for a few weeks. Dont worry just be patient. Als you could just get 2 more females............. instead of taking him back..

luckysarah 11-07-2010 09:30 AM

I got some pictures....very difficult lol I don't know how some of you guys get such great pics of your fish.

Here is the one I thought was a female

Pregnant female

Larger male

thefishboy 11-07-2010 09:32 AM

The first ones definatley a male to.. You should get some more females as soon as possible!1 And nice pics!!!!!!!!

luckysarah 11-07-2010 09:36 AM

The orange male has a huge crest (top fiin) and the black and white one doesn't seem to have that, I guess they must all be a bit different.

I will try and get a few more females tomorrow (hopefully I get it right this time lol)

Thanks for your help

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