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Old 03-06-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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Hello :) Newbie with a Molly Question! Help please?

Hello I bought two Creamcicle Lyretail Mollies a few weeks ago, and they failed to tell me whether or not they were m or f, etc etc..

and.. one of them (the smaller of the two) I had noticed was a little pecky, and chasing the other one when I got them home, so it made me a little curious..

Then when I brought home a Dalmation Molly(f), and a Black Molly (m) without buying a breeding thing for the side of my tank (I plan on getting one tomorrow, I'm very new to the breeding thing, so ANY info would be very useful, and I thank you.) I noticed the bigger of the two Lyretails hs a bigger belly than the other.. and since I'm kind of new to this (I used to just have goldfish, I"m new to the whole community M and F and mixing species like Mollies and Tetras, etc) I dont know what it is!

I don't know if it's just because the other is a little bigger, or if she's pregnant, so here is a picture (kind of a bad one, I'll try to get a better one) any info would be appreciated!

and I joined because of the app for the site, I read the wonderful reviews, so I'm awaiting wonderful help and advice, thank you

Ok I was able to get another picture, the smaller one is on top, thanks!
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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Does she have a blackish/brown spot by her anal fin?
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:10 AM   #3
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I'll look, I can't quite tell.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:09 PM   #4
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So I think so.. Looks a little darker.. Do I need to go get one of those separator things?
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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You will if you want to keep the babies, if not, than just let nature take its course. You can get some shorter plants for the babies to hide out in so they don't get eaten. Who knows, you could end up with a couple still alive. It's harsh I know, but you'll end up with an overage of mollies, in no time.
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I have several mollies and have had 2 batches of fry born since I got them 6 months ago. Right now I have 1 silver molly ready to bear some more fry. If you look closely at the picture you can see her dark spot behind the anal fin (gravid spot). BTW, the way to find out if a molly is a male or female is to look at the anal fin. If it's actually a fin then it's a female. Males have what is called a gonopodium where the anal fin will be. Not to be indelicate, but it is the organ that it uses to fertilize the females eggs, not unlike the human male sex organ (I'm really trying not to offend anyone here).
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Hmm... I need to get a better picture lol thanks for your help, I appreciate it, new to the serious aquarium world.
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And no offense taken.. They usually have like, hundreds of fry, right?
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And no offense taken.. They usually have like, hundreds of fry, right?
It varies. Livebearers will have anywhere from 2 to 60 fry at one time.
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Well if its only two or so, maybe I should get separator thing.. I'm so new to this.. Maybe I need a book? Lol
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