HOW CAN I TELL WHEN MY BLACK MOLLIE IS READY TO GIVE BIRTH?
ARE THERE ANY TALL TELL SIGNS?
There are several signs. Usually once the gravid spot becomes darker, the body becomes more "boxy", and she starts hanging out near the filter or especially the heater, it's probably pretty close (within a day or two) to time.
It's harder to tell as a black molly doesn't show a dark gravid spot, as lighter colorations show this.
Mollies give birth about every 28-30 days in water around 84 degrees. But they can deliver anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 weeks or more from the last delivery.
The will become more squared-off (a box type shape). You may see a slight discoloration of the vent area - such as white-ish scales bulging out a bit. She will stay around the plant area more, or seclude herself from the males when ready to deliver. Some may stop eating in the 12 hours before.
If you don't have any males present, the female will still be able to deliver many more times. Perhaps 5-6 times. They have the ability to store the sperm. I have heard of wild mollies able to deliver up to 2 years.
So, you will be in for a treat with lots of babies to raise. Be sure you have adequate hiding places in the tank so they won't get eaten.
Lots of bushy floating plants make good hiding places.
She will take on a squareish shape and look extra super fat. At this point she will have her babies in the next few hours to 3 days
yup ready to pop
OH thanks for the photo! That photo is worth a thousand words . . . . my girl is ready to pop . . .has that squarish shape in your photo! You think I'm right?
Well . . . I put her in the breeder that night, and the next morning she was much thinner and there were no fry, only tons of feces on the bottom of the breeder.
She looks like this many days. She does give birth every month or so, but I just cant' tell the difference if she ate too much or if she's pregnant.
I can't tell when my molly is going to pop!
I don't know if I should remove her from the main aquarium because she s my only fish but I also have a whisker shrimp and a water frog and a golden rabbit snail
What do you recommend?
(I'm new at this so any advice would help)
Thx in advanced
its looks like a balloon molly to me.
hi Ryan . . . thanks for your reply. I think you were looking at the wrong photo when you replied to me. My fish was the Dalmatian molly. And btw, she did give birth a few days later. I have bout 40 fry now, and guess what. She's pregnant again!
Livebearing fish will remain pregnant as long as there is a male, and she is healthy. Alternatively even if you remove the females from the males they can give birth upwards of 3 months because they can store sperm from a single mating.
Yes, she did store sperm . . . I've gotten 3 broods from her. With no male in the tank. I'm now concerned about my female guppy. This brood I really wan to catch all as I LOVE fancy tale guppies....I just don't kn ow when she is ripe to put in the breeder catcher. Ill take a pic a upload it in a min. Thx [imago size=960]http://www.myaquariumclub.com/images/fbfiles/images/ image-d77a5bea98826a4651a4815cd235a7e7.jpg[/img]
This is a divider I just bought to put my 2 week old Molly fry in. I didn't want to set up another tank.
Wow! Very impressive Amber!
She'll be fat. End of story.
I've gone through about 4-5 broods and I finally, from experience, can tell when my Mama Gups are ready.
"FishyLove", you're right, she'll be fat, but not only 'fat' . . .she'll be looking like she is going to burst.
Also, on the day she gives birth, I count 27-28 days from that, and bingo . . . that's exactly the time.
(My guppies are never in a non-pregnant state.)
A stupid answer Fishy Love
how can i tell when my white molli is ready to give birth
If you want answers quicker, I suggest you start your own thread in the top right hand corner in the green box. The reason why I say that is because this thread is 2 years old and is no longer in use and can push down what could potentially really important questions.
Well the first thing her tummy has to be squared |_| if she is REALLY CLOSE, well other signs Staying at the bottom, not very active, hiding and sometimes attacking males who try to flirt, but Fish differ from others, Hope i helped!
Can you tell me if this mama Molly is ready? I'm guessing any day now. She's stopped eating pretty much, hangs out by the filter and heater and down in the bushes. And she's being picked at by the males and is tryin to stay away from them. We're getting the baby house thing tonight to stick in the take.