Does My Dalmatian Molly Look Pregnant?

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I purchased these 2 dalmatian mollies today & the bigger bellied one was nipping & chasing the smaller one while they were in the bag on the way home, so I looked at their fins figuring I may have gotten a male & female. her analfin indeed looks female, & I read when they are pregnant sometimes they can feel threatened in small spaces & act that way. since putting them in the tank they have acclimated well, there is no fin nipping or chasing but I am still wondering, does she look to be pregnant? I have had mollies before but never one with a belly so big, besides the balloon bellied mollies. both seem to be female, but she is much bigger in the belly than the other.
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yay! such a fast response, thank you! do you recommend getting a breeding box? I have read in some forums you should, but in others to just leave the babies to hide near the gravel, plants, in other hiding spaces etc.
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Short answer - yes!
 

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Really depends on which other fish you have in that tank. I haven't kept mollies for a long time but rember that at one point there were some babies and they survived okay in a heavily planted tank with lots of rocks and driftwood. At the time I only had livebearers in the tank so lots of guppies, sailfin mollies, sword tails and platies. Also had a lot of floating plants and the babies spent most of the time in the floating plants until they were big enough to venture out.
 

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Yes she looks pregnant but the other one in the background has clamped fins, often a sign that it feels unwell. That can also cause it to be picked on by other fish.

Might be worth keeping that one quarantined for a bit to see if its ill
 
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good idea! yeah I did notice that she has clamped fins, she is staying at the bottom most of the time & only ventures out when there's flakes in the water. I'm definitely going to quarantine her to make sure she can heal perfectly fine without getting picked on.
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Yes she looks pregnant but the other one in the background has clamped fins, often a sign that it feels unwell. That can also cause it to be picked on by other fish.

Might be worth keeping that one quarantined for a bit to see if its ill
 
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good to know! i'm thinking of creating a whole new tank for my other little molly, just so I can make sure shes not sick & the mom can have her space.
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Really depends on which other fish you have in that tank. I haven't kept mollies for a long time but rember that at one point there were some babies and they survived okay in a heavily planted tank with lots of rocks and driftwood. At the time I only had livebearers in the tank so lots of guppies, sailfin mollies, sword tails and platies. Also had a lot of floating plants and the babies spent most of the time in the floating plants until they were big enough to venture out.
 

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