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arbitrarynonsense 09-25-2007 10:28 AM

Still pregnant after having 20+ fry?
 
I have a large Mollie, Platy, and Tetra tank. Every single female Mollie and Platy I have is hugely pregnant right now. Finally one of my Mollies has begun to have some fry. I watched her for 3 hours and she had about 20 fry. Only two were eaten and the rest were able to gain swim strength quick enough to go into planted plants and floating plants. Anyway, I have two questions.

1.) Why is my Mollie still HUGE? She is still real square looking too. I think she must have 20 more in her, or something.

2.) With fry sometimes this little orange clear ball would come out. I would look at it and it never unravled and began to swim like all the other fry. It looked like orange fish eggs on sushi. Is that some sort of after birth? Is it undeveloped fry? Is it something else? In the 20+ fry she had only 3 of those balls came out and she ate two right away, and our male Mollie ate the third.

She, the mother, didn't eat any fry only the two ball looking things. The Platies are actually who ate the two fry I said were eaten.

OH! I lied. One more question.

3.) How big/old will fry be when they stop hiding in planted/floating plants?

Lupin 09-25-2007 07:23 PM

Re: Still pregnant after having 20+ fry?
 
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Originally Posted by arbitrarynonsense
1.) Why is my Mollie still HUGE? She is still real square looking too. I think she must have 20 more in her, or something.

Expect more fry.
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2.) With fry sometimes this little orange clear ball would come out. I would look at it and it never unravled and began to swim like all the other fry. It looked like orange fish eggs on sushi. Is that some sort of after birth? Is it undeveloped fry? Is it something else? In the 20+ fry she had only 3 of those balls came out and she ate two right away, and our male Mollie ate the third.
Those are stillborn fry. Female livebearers can drop them prematurely if stressed that's why it is often advisable to use a small tank full of plants instead of breeder setups.
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3.) How big/old will fry be when they stop hiding in planted/floating plants?
They will continue to hide as long as they feel threatened by other larger fish.

arbitrarynonsense 09-25-2007 10:26 PM

Thank you so much!


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