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Old 07-26-2014, 06:50 AM   #1
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Is my Molly expecting

Just wondering if anyone could tell me if my balloon Molly is expecting and if so is that a gravid spot near her rear end? Thank you for any adviceClick image for larger version

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If she was ever with a male, she's likely pregnant.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:51 PM   #3
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Probably pregnant... Her eggspot is pronounced and live bearers can store sperm for months so if you bought her within the last few months, most likely she is pregnant. If you want to keep the fry, put her in another tank (maybe your qt?) and let her give birth there. Or you can leave her in the tank and when she gives birth the fittest fry may survive if they can hide. The other fish and the mother will cull the rest.

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Old 07-26-2014, 08:52 PM   #4
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Looks like it! If you add extra plants and maybe floating moss some of the fry might make it without moving her. Moving tends to be stressful. More coverage/hiding spots the better


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Old 07-26-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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I have a floating breeder box in the tank already but not sure when to put my little lady in there. What signs should I look for that she is ready to give birth? Thank you everyone for your advice.


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Old 07-26-2014, 09:04 PM   #6
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Her little spot will start getting really distended. She will also start looking a little squarish (a few hours to three days from birth)

On second thought. Just grab a lot of anacharis and hornwort. The viable fry will instinctively swim to the plant cover.

Make sure she stays happy because if they become stressed the premature fry will drown.

You will probably be okay though.

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Thanks Raymond. So you don't suggest moving her to the breeder box anytime soon? How far away do you think her babies are?


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I would leave her in the tank and put a bunch of floating plants in like Angela said. Letting the fry fend for their own is an easy way to supplement your fish and help cull the weak. The stronger/smarter fish will hide and survive. I used to feed my betta mosquito fish fry (my friend and I would catch them at our local pond) and 3 or 4 males (didnt keep the females. they get rather aggressive) grew up and became peaceful tank mates with him

I would say within the next 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.
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Ok great. What sort of plants should I put in? Sorry, I'm very new to this!


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Old 07-26-2014, 09:16 PM   #10
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No problem. Questions is what this forum is for and the number one mistake rookies make is not asking questions so you are on the right track.

I would use hornwort. Anacharis works too but it can brown rather easier than hornwort (still incredibly resilient). So anacharis or hornwort depending on what you have at the stores nearby (you should look for a local fish store. much better than the chains) and depending on what you like more.

If you ever get into a more densely planted tank (you probably wont need to but it can be nice if you are into that) I would be happy to help.

To sum up, hornwort or anacharis. Just whatever you like more. Also remember to keep them in a bunch so you have dense foliage for them to hide in.
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