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KaylaLovesBBM 08-23-2011 01:10 AM

I can't tell if my Balloon Belly Mollys are Pregnant!
 
I have 2 females and one male. And to be honest, on one of the females, I can't tell if it's her gravid spot, or her butt. And the other one, is kind of see threw, im a weird way and I just can't tell if she even has a gravid spot.
I have noticed both of them getting way bigger then they were, and I got them at differnt times, and I'm pretty sure neither of them were pregnant then because I had one for about 3 months and the other about 2.5.
Ill try to get some pics up here.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._3533305_n.jpgPicture of Pinka on Augest 5th,2011http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttPinka Now Augest 23!
http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttBack end of Pinka in the middle

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http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/261855...8_829800_n.jpgChumelya, in the middle, July 5th,2011...(R.I.P Hobo and Bushka)

http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttChumelya Today 8-23.
Gravid spot or butt?
http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttBack end of Chumelya

Okay, another thing is...I ahve noticed by Balloon Molly , Oobie trying to mate with both Chumelya and Pinka,this has been going on since i have gotten him. And noticed it big time these last couple of days. Will he continue to try to mate with them even if they are pregnant?

And last thing, Pinka and Chumelya kinda "wobble" when they swim, like they are trying, or they are too fat, they eat, and I dont know if I am over feeding them. I feed them 2 times a day and its all gone within about 2 minutes including my other fish. They are pooping a lot lately too, if that has anything to do with it. Chumelya has been hanging out in the middle and bottum then where she use to be at the top.

Thank you!


Pisces47 08-23-2011 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by KaylaLovesBBM (Post 795608)
I have 2 females and one male. And to be honest, on one of the females, I can't tell if it's her gravid spot, or her butt. And the other one, is kind of see threw, im a weird way and I just can't tell if she even has a gravid spot.
I have noticed both of them getting way bigger then they were, and I got them at differnt times, and I'm pretty sure neither of them were pregnant then because I had one for about 3 months and the other about 2.5.
Ill try to get some pics up here.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._3533305_n.jpgPicture of Pinka on Augest 5th,2011http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttPinka Now Augest 23!
http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttBack end of Pinka in the middle

.................................................. .................................................. ..
http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/261855...8_829800_n.jpgChumelya, in the middle, July 5th,2011...(R.I.P Hobo and Bushka)

http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttChumelya Today 8-23.
Gravid spot or butt?
http://co124w.col124.mail.live.com/a...t=160&size=AttBack end of Chumelya

Okay, another thing is...I ahve noticed by Balloon Molly , Oobie trying to mate with both Chumelya and Pinka,this has been going on since i have gotten him. And noticed it big time these last couple of days. Will he continue to try to mate with them even if they are pregnant?

And last thing, Pinka and Chumelya kinda "wobble" when they swim, like they are trying, or they are too fat, they eat, and I dont know if I am over feeding them. I feed them 2 times a day and its all gone within about 2 minutes including my other fish. They are pooping a lot lately too, if that has anything to do with it. Chumelya has been hanging out in the middle and bottum then where she use to be at the top.

Thank you!

What a great little story you've written!!
You can't always rely on the "gravid spot" to tell if mollies are pregnant. I must say however, that I think you are feeding them far too often. You should only feed ALL the fish ONCE a day. I know that on the food containers it says to feed them a couple of times each day, but that's so you will use more and buy more. Do yourself and the fish a favour and ignore that sort of information, and you are right, it could be why they are poopin' a lot. Mollies like variety in their food, so if you are not already doing it, then once a week give them a cooked green pea, they absolutely adore it, if you don't know how to go about giving it to them, ask me and I will tell you.
Incidently, Balloon Mollies are a normal but dwarfed Molly with a deformed spine, and as a result they have difficulty swimming.

KaylaLovesBBM 08-23-2011 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Pisces47 (Post 795752)
Mollies like variety in their food, so if you are not already doing it, then once a week give them a cooked green pea, they absolutely adore it, if you don't know how to go about giving it to them, ask me and I will tell you.
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Thanks! And sorry about some pictures not comming up, I'm bummbed about that.
I tried giving my mollies a pea before, but I think it was to big for them, even though I cut it into a little chunsk, also the other fish swam to it. I put alge wafers in there and they get it before my snails do and sometimes I put a hunk of cucumber and see them pecking at that, also brine shrimp....

How do you feed them a pea, what type of peas frozen,thawed, canned or organic? Thanks!(:

Pisces47 08-23-2011 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by KaylaLovesBBM (Post 796170)
Thanks! And sorry about some pictures not comming up, I'm bummbed about that.
I tried giving my mollies a pea before, but I think it was to big for them, even though I cut it into a little chunsk, also the other fish swam to it. I put alge wafers in there and they get it before my snails do and sometimes I put a hunk of cucumber and see them pecking at that, also brine shrimp....

How do you feed them a pea, what type of peas frozen,thawed, canned or organic? Thanks!(:

All those foods you are feeding them are great.
I've found the best way to feed them peas is to take maybe one or two frozen peas from a packet and put them in a cup of water and stick it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. When it cools down put one between your fingers and gently squeeze it into your other hand. The inside will pop out and then you can simply mash it into the aquarium. Don't do too many because it can cloud the water a bit, if you have, say, 6 fish, only do one pea once a week.

KaylaLovesBBM 08-27-2011 02:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Pisces47 (Post 796669)
All those foods you are feeding them are great.
I've found the best way to feed them peas is to take maybe one or two frozen peas from a packet and put them in a cup of water and stick it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. When it cools down put one between your fingers and gently squeeze it into your other hand. The inside will pop out and then you can simply mash it into the aquarium. Don't do too many because it can cloud the water a bit, if you have, say, 6 fish, only do one pea once a week.

Aright! i will pick some frozen peas up soon next time im at the store! Thank you soo mcuh for your help, I really apreciate it!(:

Pisces47 08-27-2011 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by KaylaLovesBBM (Post 801774)
Aright! i will pick some frozen peas up soon next time im at the store! Thank you soo mcuh for your help, I really apreciate it!(:

Happy days!
Let us know how it all works out.


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