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smellie92 03-06-2012 06:28 PM

Is My Molly And Guppy Pregnant?
 
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Hi all,

Just wondering if any one could tell me if these two fish are pregnant? and if so when do you reckon they will release their fry.

cheers.

dmuddle 03-06-2012 10:14 PM

Guppy yes, and mollie I yes. They look both bigger than normal fish, which is good. It all depends on their behaviour that will depend on how long it will take to drop fry.

smellie92 03-07-2012 02:45 AM

cheers dmuddle, both fish seem to be getting rather boxy looking but havent got to the "squared off" stage yet, and both seem to be eating fine. The molly however does seem to like to stay up by the heater and stays out of the way, also i think her birthing canal is showing (i think it shows in the picture) but has no gravid spot?
is this normal?

the guppy however is still very active and her gravid spot is slowly getting black specks in it (i assume the frys eyes?)

cheers.

smellie92 03-07-2012 03:46 AM

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Originally Posted by dmuddle (Post 1005599)
Guppy yes, and mollie I yes. They look both bigger than normal fish, which is good. It all depends on their behaviour that will depend on how long it will take to drop fry.


cheers dmuddle, both fish seem to be getting rather boxy looking but havent got to the "squared off" stage yet, and both seem to be eating fine. The molly however does seem to like to stay up by the heater and stays out of the way, also i think her birthing canal is showing (i think it shows in the picture) but has no gravid spot? is this normal?

the Guppy however is still very active and her gravid spot is slowly getting black specks in it (i assume the frys eyes?)

*sorry about the double post, forgot to add quote to first one and can't find where to delete it.

indjo 03-07-2012 07:01 AM

If livebearers aren't separated according to sex since they're very young, they will breed and the females will always carry fertilized eggs. Your guppy is certainly pregnant but not sure when she'll give birth. They will always look very active regardless - even just before they give birth. Usually they will seek for a suitable place to release her fry. And males will usually stay away until she's done - then the chasing begins.

Not sure about your molly. Btw, is she a molly or a platty?

smellie92 03-07-2012 08:29 AM

Cheers, is there anything I should be watching out for in particular with the guppy that will give me an idea of when she is ready.

Well I bought her at my LFS from the tank that said assorted mollys, but I couldn't work out if she was a molly or platty or (if its possible) a mixture of the two. The male molly in my tank treats her the same as the female mollies so I assumed she was a molly.

indjo 03-07-2012 09:37 AM

Mine usually have rather square/rectangle bellies before giving birth. And the dark area just behind the belly are usually blackish. They are too small to see their anus which should become bigger. This is easier to spot in platty and molly. Other than that, they look and act the same.

I sometimes float a plastic bowl (filled with water) in the tank and they will jump in (not always) to give birth.

smellie92 03-07-2012 02:14 PM

Yeah her stomach is slowly squaring off, although the gravid spot is an orange colour with black specs in it, is this normal? She looks ready to pop!!


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