Suprise! babies are born

Fishowner24
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I had babies but I didn't know my fish was pregnant her belly wasn't big and I saw that you can see through the molly's skin how else will I know for next time. Because I didn't know and they got sucked up in my filter and when I cleaned my tank I saw them there were only 3 so I think the rest died. How do I know for next time the signs of pregnancy and when to move the female molly to a different tank?
 
StarGirl
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Even easier would be to get a pre filter sponge for the intake so they dont get sucked up!
 
Fishowner24
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Even easier would be to get a pre filter sponge for the intake so they dont get sucked up!
ok
Also how do I know if she is still giving birth
 
Cara
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think the rest died.
Odds are they were an edible snack.

My molly only birthed once which I missed, but I notice with my platys that the tail drops when birth is imminent. And they look for a secluded spot and get real quiet. When birthing is happening....the other fish are darting in and out. I imagine looking for snacks

That's the extent of my observations so far.
 
Fishowner24
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How do I also clean the water without sucking them up?
 
StarGirl
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Vacuum carefully and check the bucket before you dump it out. Get a white bucket so you can see them.
 
Cara
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How do I also clean the water without sucking them up?
I picked this up at the dollar store....2 in the package ...mesh Lint trap
I picked this up at the dollar store....2 in the package ...mesh Lint trap
 

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Fishowner24
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Vacuum carefully and check the bucket before you dump it out. Get a white bucket so you can see them.
Ok also why is the male sticking his top fin up and chasing the female?
 
StarGirl
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Ok also why is the male sticking his top fin up and chasing the female?
Its probably the Dad fish.
 
Fishowner24
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StarGirl
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It is. Is it trying to protect her?
Hes probably trying to make more babies.
 
Fishowner24
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Hes probably trying to make more babies.
oh ok. How do I know if she is going to have more?
 
Fishowner24
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yeah
 
StarGirl
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Does she right now?
 
Fishowner24
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StarGirl
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How long ago did she have the last babies you found in the filter?
 
Fishowner24
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How long ago did she have the last babies you found in the filter?
Idk I found the filter like 2 hours ago I think. and they were in there I didn't see her lay any
 
StarGirl
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Idk I found the filter like 2 hours ago I think. and they were in there I didn't see her lay any
So her belly may just still be puffed out from the babies being in there then. Just keep an eye on her and get a filter intake sponge in the mean time.
 
Fishowner24
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So her belly may just still be puffed out from the babies being in there then. Just keep an eye on her and get a filter intake sponge in the mean time.
ok thanks I will do so. Should I find a white intake sponge so I can see the babies if they get sucked onto it?
 
StarGirl
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ok thanks I will do so. Should I find a white intake sponge so I can see the babies if they get sucked onto it?
I have only seen grey ones but you may be able to find white somewhere. They should not get stuck on it but then you could see if they do.
 
Fishowner24
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I have only seen grey ones but you may be able to find white somewhere. They should not get stuck on it but then you could see if they do.
ok thanks
 
StarGirl
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You are welcome.
 
Fishowner24
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MyFishAddiction
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btw, livebearers are pretty much pregnant all the time from when they get mature to a few months before birth, also they can store sperm for like 8 broods/litters, which = so many babies.
 
Fishowner24
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btw, livebearers are pretty much pregnant all the time from when they get mature to a few months before birth, also they can store sperm for like 8 broods/litters, which = so many babies.
Oh ok
Do you know what this is the male is rubbing on the bottom of the female and I think he rubbed the scales off idk though. That is the male btw
 

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Cara
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Here's my 2 females....Dolly and Sunflower.
And Donnie the male. Donnie and Dolly are Dalmatian mollies and really looked dalmatian when I got them. But now...hardly any white at all.
 

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Fishowner24
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Do you know what this is the male is rubbing on the bottom of the female and I think he rubbed the scales off idk though. That is the male btw. I have been asking everywhere.
 

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Cara
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Do you know what this is the male is rubbing on the bottom of the female and I think he rubbed the scales off idk though. That is the male btw. I have been asking everywhere.
I'm sorry. I have no clue. I'm a year plus into the fish world and every experience I've had is a new one. That's not something I've come across. Maybe if you post in the Freshwater Fish Health forum someone might recognize it
 
StarGirl
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Can you get another picture? That almost looks like a worm in that one.
 
Fishowner24
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Can you get another picture? That almost looks like a worm in that one.
Ok I will I am not home right now but when I am home I will.
Can you get another picture? That almost looks like a worm in that one.
Yeah here you go it looks a little different because the piece of his scales hanging is gone
Do you know what that is?
could it be a scratch from him on the bottom of her or no? also how do I treat this?
 

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