Pregnant Molly Question

Discussion in 'Molly' started by SBarrett312, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. SBarrett312Valued MemberMember

    Hi, is my Molly pregnant? Thanks. IMG_0894.jpg

    Hi is my Molly pregnant and if so is there anything I can do to make sure she has a successful birth? Thanks. IMG_0889.jpgIMG_0892.jpgIMG_0893.jpgIMG_0894.jpg

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  2. FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Usually with the commonly available livebearers, if the females have ever been with a male, it is pregnant. So yours most likely is.

  3. SBarrett312Valued MemberMember

    Thanks, how long will it take to give birth?
  4. FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Most likely around 3 weeks.
  5. SBarrett312Valued MemberMember

    Is that based on her size or how long it takes all fish?

    To elaborate is that based on the size of her underside
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  6. JabberwockValued MemberMember

    Better hurry up and plan the wedding! I mean rapido!!!
  7. FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Based on the size of her belly, since it isn't really as large as if she is going to give birth in a week or so, but also looks like shes been pregnant for some time. Though, for individuals, it can vary.
  8. SBarrett312Valued MemberMember

  9. OneLittleBubbleWell Known MemberMember

    You could put it in a separate tank
  10. lilabug4545Well Known MemberMember

    Leave her in the tank. Moving her can cause her to hold or even abort the fry.
  11. SBarrett312Valued MemberMember

    Should I put her in one of those plastic nurseries?
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  12. StormTrooperValued MemberMember

    Do not move her. I've been breeding mollies for a while now and your best bet is to leave her where she is and have a lot of hiding spots in the tank, but ESPECIALLY have floating plants. Fry's first instinct when born, is to swim to the surface, and if you have floating plants, they can hide from predators there--even the mother will try to eat them. To make sure she has a successful drop (fry birth) keep up with weekly water changes, keep the water warm, and feed her 2x a day. She may drop her fry in 30 days, she may drop them in 60. Depends on how long she's been storing sperm. When they are dropped, you will see a whole bunch of them at the surface looking up at you (so cute!) Just net them out and put them in a separate cycled tank, or put them in a breeder net/box. If you have more than 20, I suggest another tank! Hope this helps you!

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