2 years ago#1
mrsfarrow89
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My balloon Molly is pregnant for sure and has been acting very strange. I have her seperated from all other fish in her own maternity tank. She will go down to the bottom corner and start like frantically whipping her behind back and forth like she's trying to push something out? I've recently had a dalmation Molly give birth to 20 fry but I didn't actually see the birth take place. I just noticed them swimming at he surface hiding behind the nursery tank and others hiding in a nearby bushy plant.

Anyway, question at hand is, is she trying to give birth like any minute or how do you know when she is minutes away from delivering?

She's fortunally got a white belly, but you can see the "blackness" of her fry inside, so her "opening" is very visible and it seems to be gaping open a bit so I've had a close eye on her for the past 30 minutes.....answers or suggestions asap please? So I can have a successful and safe delivery of the fry.

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2 years ago#2
fishes1234
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Mollies like to hang out in groups so she mite miss her tank mates. Just put her in a breeding trap so she can diliver her fry safely. Mollies will eat there baby's so make sure to separate the baby's from adults!

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2 years ago#3
mrsfarrow89
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Yeah I did and that's what I usually have her or my other pregnant fish when they are about to pop. I was just hoping to see her actually give birth because I've missed my others that have successfully had their fry and I'm always paying close attention to my tank and have plenty of safe spots the babies are able to hide in case they come during the night and then I move them to their little nursery tank. Trust me I really care for my fish so don't know why the face....?

But thank you for feedback. It is appreciated.

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2 years ago#4
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From the pictures, she could have a bloat. Look at her from directly above; if it's a bloat her scales will stick out in pinecone fashion. That would also account for the odd behavior. If it is a bloat, try to feed her a small piece of cooked pea. The pea is a laxative and will often cure a bloat. Before taking more drastic steps, make sure water parameters are acceptable and toxic nitrogen compounds are controlled. Please ask if you need more details.

Assuming the fish is healthy and pregnant, moving her to a birthing tank could produce enough stress to make her drop fry prematurely. In that case, the fry will not have fully consumed their yolk sacs. A better alternative to moving the female is to float a large raft of hornwort of some other bushy plant. This provides a refuge and thus increases fry survival rate without stressing the female.

As discussed in the following link, pregnancy and delivery are much less traumatic for live bearing fish than for mammals:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/pregnancy-in-female- livebearing-fish-1923.html

Please keep us posted.

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2 years ago#5
mrsfarrow89
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Successful delivery! came home this evening to 10 new babies

that take after their daddies pretty orange color!
After a couple hours of reading blogs and you're input , I put my Molly in her maternity net and placed bushy plants along the to and sure enough that's where I saw my lil ones hiding out

I have also attached the fry that I've were recently welcomed I think around a couple weeks ago, not sure? But is it safe to put the new babies and these ones together or keep them seperate for now because the ones arent even a day old yet?

Also, when is it safe to release the babies into the tank with the rest of my fish. I have all community fish and I also have plenty of plants just in case a baby gets chased if and when I put them with the rest.

Thank you very much for the advice and help

In the photos attached I'm sure you will be able to distinguish which are the newbies lol they have little orange heads. toooo cute

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2 years ago#6
mrsfarrow89
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Yeah I did and that's what I usually have her or my other pregnant fish when they are about to pop. I was just hoping to see her actually give birth because I've missed my others that have successfully had their fry and I'm always paying close attention to my tank and have plenty of safe spots the babies are able to hide in case they come during the night and then I move them to their little nursery tank. Trust me I really care for my fish so don't know why the face....?

But thank you for feedback. It is appreciated.

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2 years ago#7
Caity K
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My molly had babies too, instead of stressing her out and moving her, i just caught the fry, easier said than done sometimes, and i saved about 19, im sure some got eaten by the others but 19 fry is enough for me. I got a seperation tank that just sticks to the side of the tank. For the first few days they rested on the bottom, swimming is hard for babies, but so far none have died, they are growing and swimming around more, actually a week later and im still finding babies in the main tank. I have lots of plants and a huge wooden decoration for them to hide also they seem to dig themselves under the rocks to protect themselves. I wouldn't be too worried about them laying on the bottom, mine still seem to do it at night, while resting/sleeping. I feed them in small amounts 2-3 times a day, my daughter over fed them once and it seemed the left ofter food seemed to grow mold on the side so i gently cleaned that off and have taken over feeding them. However i find now when i feed the fry my other fish start nipping at the netting to get at it so i give them a very small amount as well to keep them away so the fry eat in peace. The pregnant molly still seems to be pregnant so I will not be surprised if i wake up to another batch of fry in the next few weeks, but we'll have to see as from what I understand they may just appear that way. From what i understand they are to stay seperated from other fish until they are bigger than the biggest fish's mouth, so it depends on the other fish in the tank. For most molly fry being integrated with other mollies this should take about 6-8 weeks, but dont quote me. I am nowhere near a fish expert im just giving my experiences and what i have done, and so far no fry have died so it seems to be working... i hope i helped somebody.

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