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Old 09-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #11 
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Well I put her back in the community tank and she's still the same. I had taken my female swordtail out when catching the babies and then I cleaned the community tank and now my female is face down barely breathing, she's dying I don't under stand why she's dying and the mom molly
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #12 
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Sometimes it happens. I know that's not much consolation, but giving birth takes a lot out of ya, and sometimes it's just too much.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:13 PM   #13 
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Skyewillow, i feel like you were just a midwife! LOL, it was magical!
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:05 PM   #14 
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Keep us posted on those babies, please, Resa
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:44 AM   #15 
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I can't seem to make the flakes grounded into powder is there something else I can do to fix this or something cheap I can buy to feed them. they are still doing fine to:) also how would I know if they still have their yolk sacks
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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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Mollies are live bearers they don't have yolk sacs

Resa: I took a ziplock bag filled it with pellets and then took a small hammer and ground/pound the pellets into dust...

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Old 09-04-2013, 11:32 AM   #17 
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thanks for letting me no there is no sac! I'm going to try to pound the heck out of some pellets :) I hope they easy it, they start arty the bottom of the tank. I'm showing pics I just hope you guys can see them they are black mollies too :)
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These are the 6 Mollies (Picture taken today) I kept from a Spawn back in June/July.... They were raised in a 10 gallon nursery along with their 6 other siblings....


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Mollies are live bearers they don't have yolk sacs
Livebearer fry don't have a placental connection to the mother, they do have a yolk sac in order to receive nutrients. Look up photos of pregnant see-through guppies, and you will definitely see yolk sacs in her ovary.

^The orange spots are the yolks of the eggs.

That usually takes a day or two after they are born to be used up. I've also used a food processor, or a bag and a rolling pin to grind flakes.
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Livebearer fry don't have a placental connection to the mother, they do have a yolk sac in order to receive nutrients. Look up photos of pregnant see-through guppies, and you will definitely see yolk sacs in her ovary.

^The orange spots are the yolks of the eggs.

That usually takes a day or two after they are born to be used up. I've also used a food processor, or a bag and a rolling pin to grind flakes.
I stand corrected, I was always told livebearers didn't have a traditional yolk sac and because of that needed to be fed within 24 hours.... As soon as they were free swimming... whereas egg laid could go 36-48 hrs...

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