Originally Posted by SeaKnight
Does anyone know what the average size clutch is for a Molly??? I have a Momma giving birth as we "speak" ( I have heard anything from 1-20) and am not sure of how many she has delivered (I woke up to 3-4 in the tank and now am seeing approx 7-8..) She is in with another female (Quarantine/Nursery Tank) and they are use to living with guppies so don't think they would be interested in eating the fry (plus Momma seems to chase Pepper away whenever she gets too close to the nest), but ya never know??? Any advice is appreciated... I was hoping my husband would be home when this happened, but alas, he is at work...sigh...............
Much depend's on the size of the female, and genetics.
Often times a female that has been allowed to breed with sibling's over, and over,,will produce fewer fry as gene's are weakened by inbreeding.
I usually select the best looking females from a brood and then isolate them while searching for good looking males from different source.
In this way,,new gene's are introduced and number's of fry are more numerous and less chance of deformed fishes.
Just my expieriences.
Livebearer's drop fry all over, as opposed to a nest, and adult fish will often eat the fry for they have no maternal instinct's.