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Old 11-21-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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Molly fry

Went to clean the 20 gal tonight and suprise! I have molly fry! I have no idea how old they are,less than a week for sure. Can I net them and move them to a safer tank? Or should I wait until they get a bit bigger? Thanks in advance!
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I can only find 2 fry, it is possible the others have been eaten or she hasn't finished giving birth. I am rather blown away. She didn't look gravid, but then again, she is a dalmation molly so it is hard to tell.

I think I am going to try and catch them in a breeder tank then transfer them. I just don't feel comfortable with a net.
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Well, in the last month, our molly has given birth twice...with about 50 fry each time. The first time, the molly hid under the air stone decoration while giving birth. Of course, I moved out the adult fish to a bigger tank. All the fry are still alive (just moved 25 of them to the 55 gallon. They are about a half inch long). The same fish just gave birth again friday.

With the new batch, I noticed that they tend to stay out of the way of their older siblings, even though their brother and sisters are too small to eat them.

Do you have a lot of decoraction and such in the tank? They might be hiding. When I put the older ones in the 55 gallon, the first day or so they stayed out of sight of the rest of the fish. Survival instinct I would imagine.

Of course, the Angels could of eaten most of them If there are any left, I would get a breeding net. I was gonna go that route but it would of been way too crowded for them. Hope this helps.

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Oh, forgot to add that she was done giving birth with an couple of hours.
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