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Old 10-25-2009, 11:13 PM   #1
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Dalmatian Molly acting strange.

I have a 20 tank with 29 dalmatian mollies, yes, 29. 1 adult, 11 babies (1 inch maybe) and 17 fry (born on 10/23). I purchased the molly while she was pregnant and the store failed to tell me this. Well, the babies and the fry are fine but mommy is just sitting on the bottom of the tank. When she comes up to eat she appears happy. When shes done with her meal she goes behind the plants and sits on the gravel. My numbers are fine.

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nirate - 5
PH - 7.5
Water changes - use prime to stablize tap water chemicals. Add 2 table spoons aquarium salt.

I can't figure out whats wrong.
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I have a 20 tank with 29 dalmatian mollies, yes, 29. 1 adult, 11 babies (1 inch maybe) and 17 fry (born on 10/23). I purchased the molly while she was pregnant and the store failed to tell me this. Well, the babies and the fry are fine but mommy is just sitting on the bottom of the tank. When she comes up to eat she appears happy. When shes done with her meal she goes behind the plants and sits on the gravel. My numbers are fine.

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nirate - 5
PH - 7.5
Water changes - use prime to stablize tap water chemicals. Add 2 table spoons aquarium salt.

I can't figure out whats wrong.
BTW, The babies and the fry are going to a friend who can handle the mass. I'm keeping 4 of the babies and hopefully the mother.
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This is normal. My mollys when pregnant always find a secluded spot to hide, during birth. The Males will harrass her otherwise. The only time she comes out is durring feeding. I have gone through this at least 6 times this year. My fish mate like bunnies. They seem to give birth right after a pwc.
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This is normal. My mollys when pregnant always find a secluded spot to hide, during birth. The Males will harrass her otherwise. The only time she comes out is durring feeding. I have gone through this at least 6 times this year. My fish mate like bunnies. They seem to give birth right after a pwc.

Thanks for the reply. You wrote "when your Molly is pregnant she finds a secluded spot" but my Molly already gave birth on Friday. Is it normal to go into hiding after birth?
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It's not uncommon for livebearers to act this way after giving birth. A note on the fish being pregnant when you purchased it, most livebearers are already pregnant when they are bought. They can hold sperm for several batches of fry, so even if you don't have a male in the tank there is a good chance that you will still have some babies

The aquarium salt you are adding really isn't necessary.
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