Help Pregnant fish (w. pic)

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I have a potentially pregnant balloon molly on my hands.
She's been lethargic lately. She hasn't been eating much, and she looks really bloated. Last week she was acting as if she had a swim bladder issue. She was hanging out at the bottom on the tank and unable to stay up at the top of the tank long enough to eat. I tried feeding her peas in case she was constipated, but she took little interest in them. Eventually, she pooped and seemed to be doing a little better.

Yesterday I noticed that her gills looked a little red. Assuming ammonia poisoning, I've been feeding them once per day until the their new tank is all set for them. I'm also doing water changed twice a day and her gills seem to look a little better.

This morning she was acting like she was when I thought she had a swim bladder issue. She was hanging out under the filter and just not acting like herself. Later on she pooped out this earwax colored substance about 1/8 of an inch in diameter. It was tubular shaped and hollow. In a previous thread it was suggested that maybe it was an aborted fry, and I should post pictures of the fish in hopes someone can tell me whether or not my balloon molly is pregnant...
 

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The boxy shape shows that she is pregnant. Idk about all that other stuff though, sounds like she's sick. What's your water test results?
 
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I last checked everything a few days ago & everything was normal, but the ammonia was .25ppm. I checked the ammonia today and it was 0.

She did give birth but it looks like the fry are underdeveloped & none of them are moving. They look like little yellow balls with eyes. Some have veins, some are more developed looking than others. There are even a couple mini fry that aren't moving at all.

I'm a photo student & so I would love to take these little guys and photograph them before I flush them. But before I do, I want to make sure that there is no chance any of them will make it.
 

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Do they look at all like what you saw her expel earlier?

I bet they would make for an awesome macro shoot. Macro's my thing and I'd like to see the photos you take if you do get them.

-Lisa
 
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No. These actually can be identified as fry. But the yolk is still attached and not a single one thus far has moved. Now that whatever she birthed before has dried, it's definitely a deformed fry - but nothing like what she gave birth to tonight.

If I get anything good I will put 'em in my album or something.
 

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Good morning,

Best wishes for your fry and Molly.

I've moved your thread to the Live Bearers/Molly section of the forum to help you to receive more responses.

Ken
 
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