How Long Until My Molly Gives Birth?

Discussion in 'Breeding Fish' started by Maddie57912, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    She looks like she could pop at any second and I was just wondering if anyone could estimate how long until she gives birth. Thank you! IMG_20170804_024443.jpgIMG_20170804_024529.jpgIMG_20170804_024443.jpgIMG_20170804_024529.jpgIMG_20170804_024532.jpgIMG_20170804_024533.jpgIMG_20170804_024447.jpg
     




  2. Faris101Valued MemberMember

    The gestation period of a Molly is around 2 months but she could give birth sooner because her belly has inflated and has a box like shape which means she's going to give birth soon How long have you seen her like this?
     




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  3. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    I just bought her today actually... My friend and I were in my LPS and she just goes "come here, you have to get this Molly, look how pregnant it is," so I have no idea how long she's been like this :emoji_sweat_smile:
     




  4. Faris101Valued MemberMember

    Oh then she's gonna give birth soon and be sure to take the fry out quick because live bearers are known to eat their fry
     




  5. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    I've got a bunch of plants for the fry to hide in in case I'm not around when she gives birth but I do also have a breeder box that I can keep the fry in until they're big enough
     




  6. Faris101Valued MemberMember

    Yep then you have absolutely no problem except for occasionally checking her because she might get quite stressed while giving birth
     
  7. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    Yeah I keep checking on her constantly, thank you!
     
  8. Faris101Valued MemberMember

    No problem it would be amazing if you send a few pics after she successfully gives birth
     
  9. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    I definitely will!
     
  10. Faris101Valued MemberMember

    So how is your Molly doing now?
     
  11. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    She's good, still hasn't given birth though. She's probably a bit stressed. My 10 gallon tank just came in finally so she was moved to a new tank today. But I think she's getting close, she's kinda hovering in one spot a lot, most of the time in like a "hiding place" like she likes to go behind plants and in the little castle decoration that I have. I'm sure shell have her babies any day now!
     
  12. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    its one month?
     
  13. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    she's doesnt look completely squared off to me, could be another week to a few days depending on how comfortable she is, due to the move of you purchasing her im betting it'll be another week or so.

    EDIT: keep the lights off and don't disrupt her too much, i know you want to see babies but she could reabsorb or abort if you stress her out. Are you seperating the babies into a breeding box once you're done?
     
  14. Faris101Valued MemberMember

    It soon becomes one month when they store sperm and give birth every 30 days
     
  15. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    once the female is pregnant the gestation period is one month
     
  16. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    I have a breeding box but I haven't decided if I'm going to use it or not. I've heard that you should and shouldn't do it so I'm not sure :/ I have a bunch of plants for the babies to hide in once their born though.
     
  17. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    Most of them will be eaten if you dont have a breeding box, you could collect them once theyre born rather than putting the female in it
     
  18. Maddie57912New MemberMember

    Thank you for the advice!
     
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