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Old 06-10-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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Pregnant Molly?

I've had mollies before I've bred them but this one confuses me. It is a green sailfin Molly from Swamp River aquatics. I can't tell if it's pregnant or not. It not fat and round but has the gravid spot.
It didn't have it a week ago so it's throwing me off.
I've had gold dust mollies drop and didn't even show the spot.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:40 AM   #2
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It's pregnant but is malnourished. Feed it more to fatten it up.

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Old 06-10-2014, 09:04 AM   #3
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I feed my fish three times a day. I feed them also five or six different types of food alternating them daily.
Freeze dried blood worms, freshwater shrimp, baby shrimp, freeze dried tube worm treat things. Plus frozen freshwater fish food and tropical flakes.
Guess some ladies are fat and some ladies are skinny.
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Nope. She's just early in pregnancy
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:48 AM   #5
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How long would you guess till she drops the fry? I'm a bad judge of that. When I think they even the smallest degree they go into the 20 gallon planted tank.
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Your Molly

Hello Snow...

Livebearing females can hold their fry until conditions are right. The right conditions are always water related. If the water isn't pure enough, it's doubtful there will be any fry in the tank.

I would suggest a large water change and make the new, treated tap water a little bit warmer than what's already in the tank. Mollies are brackish water fish and appreciate a little standard aquarium salt in their water. A teaspoon or a bit more in every 5 gallons of new, treated tap water is enough. If you have other fish and plants in the tank, the amount won't bother anything.

Mollies are very particular about their water. It must be pure at all times. So, if you're not changing a minimum of half the tank water every week, you should.

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Did 1/3 of the tank last night and did just that.
Using marine salt. Salinity is around 1.005 ppm
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Going to do another tomorrow 15% or so
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Molly Tank Water

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Hello again Snow...

Small water changes are really a waste of your time and effort. For Mollies, one large water change weekly will maintain stable water properties and a stable water chemistry is infinitely more important than a particular water chemistry.

Just change at least half the tank water every week and add the salt. Mollies are also very fond of algae and thrive in heavily planted tanks. Apparently, the more heavily planted, the more algae and the healthier the fish.

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Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
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