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Alekinha 09-24-2011 02:59 PM

Molly fry
 
This is a change to my previous posts, Iím not going to complain about the death of my guppies, noooo now Iím going to complain about the amount of molly fry I have!
This is the second batch of fry that Iíve had since I brought my mollies home (02/09/11), I now have 14! 5 which are 1 Ĺ weeks old and 9 which are 6 days old. Now I know fry are very small but I can easily tell they are ALL female. Is it the parameters of my water that are influencing the gender? I would love to give some of them away as I already 5 in my tank but unfortunately I donít know anyone with a tank and I donít feel comfortable giving them to a shop to use as fish food nor do i want to get a fish to hunt and kill the fry (itís cruel).
Oh, did I mention my white molly is pregnant again? Lol Iíve had terrible luck with my guppies but the mollies are thriving!!

Pisces47 09-25-2011 12:55 AM

Perhaps you have a free local newsletter you could contact about giving them away to a "good home" or maybe the local school has a notice board.
What are you going to do when the next lot arrive?
P.S. I wish my eyesight was as good as yours!

BarbH 09-25-2011 01:56 AM

You can also check with your local fish store to see if they will take the fry from you when they get large enough.

I am not sure how quickly molly fry grow, but I do know with platys that it takes 3 to 4 months before they become sexually mature. When they are younger they will all look like they are females until the male's anal fin begins to change.

KendraMc 09-28-2011 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BarbH (Post 839695)
When they are younger they will all look like they are females until the male's anal fin begins to change.

i'm fairly certain i read somewhere that livebearers are born "female" then as they reach maturity some percentage of them "become" male. i believe this means that the sex-identifying traits (anal fin) don't develop as male until they are a little older.


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