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Exclamation EMERGENCY birth

my molly had babies and I have no clue on what to do. I took all decor out except the Amazon sword plants. Please help me
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First: Deep breath. Panicking never helps.

I would leave the plants in there, it's good for Mom to have plenty of cover, and if you plan on raising the babies in tank with mom, it'll offer them protection.

If you plan to remove the babies, set up a small tank with an airstone (I've used a 2-3 liter soda bottle to start off), place all of the babies in there, and don't bother feeding for at least 2 days while they absorb their yolk sac. Once they're ready to eat, just grind up the food in your fingertips until it's a fine powder. and they can eat whatever mom is eating.

Siphon carefully with an airline every other day, and once they're big enough not to fit in anyone's mouth, they can return to the main tank.

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they are already swimming around the tank so I don't know how old they are I have to remove the only 2 that I see bc they will get sucked up by the filter. I found one in the filter.
so I can I just put them in a 1g tank with mom and one real plant? And if I do that how to feed them and mom? as far as air stone please elaborate for me. I have a site pump and a hose and that heavy dark blue thing that air comes out of but I have to find It bc I havent used it recently
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6 babies were found alive and one dead.
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how many babies do they usually have
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there isn't a set number how much they usually have.

I would just put the babies in the 1 gal by themselves if you're going to move them.

this is a pretty standard air pump, line and stone setup, that's all your babies will need with a good water change schedule.

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is it possible she will have more fry. she's kinda lethargic and not moving unless I use the net to get her attention
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it's possible. I would avoid messing with her unless necessary though to prevent stress.

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