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KaylaLovesBBM 09-18-2011 09:42 PM

Are they pregnant?
I really cant tell. one of them has a gravid spot, but, im not sure if thats her gravid spot... or jus tthe way she is since she has black spots on her.

I have her in a breeding thingerr.
Is she about to burst?

heres the other, not in a breeding thing, since no "gravid" spot is noticable

Shes at the top of the tank right now, in the same spot and im freaking out. Shes not moving just waddling back and fourth.

Helpp would be nice!(: thank u!:|

Pisces47 09-19-2011 12:22 AM

Can't see the pics.

KaylaLovesBBM 09-19-2011 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by Pisces47 (Post 831341)
Can't see the pics.

Ergg, sorry about that, I will try to post them up again asap.

Pisces47 09-19-2011 08:41 PM


Originally Posted by KaylaLovesBBM (Post 832065)

Nup, still can't see them, can you load them as .jpg or .jpeg files??

KaylaLovesBBM 09-19-2011 09:39 PM


Originally Posted by Pisces47 (Post 832377)
Nup, still can't see them, can you load them as .jpg or .jpeg files??

Here try this! Thanks so much for your pacients and time!(: I could have sworn thoughs pictures were up, and if this doesnt work I have no idea, because I dont know how to get .jpg files

Pisces47 09-19-2011 10:13 PM

Yeah, I can see the pics now and I can also see your problem, it is very hard to tell if one or both is/are pregnant isn't it. I would take the one in the net out and put it back in the tank, they can get very stressed if they are kept in those things for any length of time.
Here's a few ideas for you, one, make sure the temperature is around 26 Celsius (78F); two, they look very fat in the pics so only feed them once a day; three, give them a bit of green food once a week; four, put plenty of hiding places in the tank, e.g., plants, small pieces of water pipe, plant pots turned on their side, anything at all will do; five, be patient, if one is pregnant you will find out soon enough....cute little suckers aren't they.

BarbH 09-19-2011 10:39 PM

In the second picture the one at the bottom to me looks like she is pregnant, can see what definitly looks like a gravid spot on her. I can not tell with the one on the top. Are they balloon mollys, also how many times are you feeding them a day? Once a day is plenty for adult fish, and fasting them a day during the week is actually good for them also. I agree with not keeping her in the breeder net, they tend to cause stress on the fish which can lead her to abort or reasorb the fry. If you have plenty of floating plants in the main tank it will help to provide the fry with hiding spots. Also you can remove the fry once they are born and place them in a seperate tank, or even the breeder net will work to let them grow some. Good luck.

KaylaLovesBBM 09-19-2011 11:23 PM

Thank you soo much for all your help! I really appreicate it! And yes, I feed them once a day, with tetra flakes, then once a week I put peas in front of them and they nip at them. I also put alge wafers in there for my pleco, but the mollies tend to nip at it. I am taking her out of the breeder net as soon as I get this all typed up, I thought the breeder net would have been better, but I guess not lol.Im just really worried that my ghost shrimp and other fish would eat them, I had that happen before and found only one fry and I had no idea one of mine were pregnant. I only have about 4 small plants, so i will go buy more tomarrow. Thanks againf or all your help!(:

BarbH 09-19-2011 11:45 PM

Most livebearers tend to drop their fry early in the moning. I notice that with my platy fry they tend to stay towards the bottom of the tank when first born, although many people recommend having floating plants in the tank for the fry to hide in. Fry will tend to keep near the surface because it is easier for them to get food. If you do not have live floating plants than you can allow plastic plants to float in the tank to help provide them with cover. Once the fry have been dropped you can go ahead and seperate them from the other fish until they are large enough that they do not fit into the largest fish's mouth.

KaylaLovesBBM 10-01-2011 11:47 PM

Thank you! She still haven't dropped, but shees been out of the beeding tank since the last responce i've put on here lol. Her gravid spot seems to have gotten a little darker and bigger. But it seems like its taking far to long soe her to be pregnant, its been like 2 months, probubly less, but times been going by so slow I maybe getting the times wrong! xD. Shes at the top of the tank, and have been just skimming the top, its weird, I actually think shes "sleeping" or as what fish do to sleep. like "rest" haha.I will keep a eye on her for sure if she starts going to the bottum.Ill go look for some java moss, I have heard thats good for the little guys lol. Thanks again for all your help!(:

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