I've just finished cycling my new 55 gallon tank. After cycling the water was fairly hard and basic so I decided to go with livebearers to stock the tank. My first purchase to start stocking the tank was a pair of female mollies. Little did I know that both of the females were pregnant at the time. This was around 3 weeks ago and both of them gave birth to their fry. Most of the fry have survived to this point and are growing well. Today however I noticed that one of the mollies is pregnant again!! Now I know that they are able to become pregnant up to 6 months after a single encounter with a male so I'm hoping the other Molly doesn't become pregnant again as well. Anyway I just have a few questions for the more experienced breeders out there:
1. At what age is it suitable to get rid of the Molly fry? There are a few LFS' in the area and I think I'm going to ask around and see if I might be able to sell any of them at a discounted rate. I already have around 25-30 fry in the tank and if the pregnant molly gives birth soon the tank is going to be WAY to crowded. How long should I wait until it is safe for the fry to be taken out of the tank? They were born about 2 and a half to 3 weeks ago.
2. Have any of you ever had any success selling fish to an LFS that you have bred? I know it's going to be on a store to store basis about their policy but if someone has experience in the business any advice would be appreciated.
I'm glad to have my tank cycled and set up after a month but now it's on to the next problem! Thanks for any help guys!
Congrats on the fry :-D From the research I have done for the platys it takes about 3-4 months to be able to tell the sex, about that time they are also a sellable size, maybe sooner. Learning as I go with my first batch of 40 fry. I do know that platys seem to be slower to grow, so it may be sooner on mollies. Someone with more experience at raising mollies should be able to give you a better idea.
As for the LFS, I would visit the stores and talk to the manager to see if it is something they would be interested in. I already have two different places lined up, with the possibiity of a third, when I get a chance to get over there. I have found that my local stores will deal with local breeders, and are willing to buy from them when they are able. If you are able to I would find out when the store places their orders for fish. When you are ready to sell your fry I would visit them before they place their order. You will have a better chance of them having room to take in the fish. Good luck.
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