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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 05-08-2014, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation My Molly Did Something Unexpected. Need Help And Advice

So if you read my earlier post you would know that I got a mollie. Well after relising that I shouldn't have gotten her after we got home I planed to bring her back this weekend. ive only had her since Last Sunday.
So today I came home and started taking the plastic wrap off of the small tanks. I opend up hers and was supprised/ shocked to see little tiny fish swimming around....
So now I have fry...... Was not expecting that. Im surprised at how many I have, I have no idea if she eat any but considering she was in a 2 gallon kritter keeper with them she was wasn't making a big effort to try to eat them. All in all I have around 17 babies. I saw 5 what I think are eggs, and 2 very underdeveloped babies who most likely died during birth. And sadest of all was a underdeveloped one. This little on still had its egg sack but it was almost where it needed to be. It could wiggle its tail but its tail fin hadn't developed yet and all it could do was stay on the bottom and not move, I unfortunetly had to euthanize the little baby since I new it wouldn't survive long.
Anyways after a long process of moving fish around so I could get the babies out both them and mom are sharing the 2 gallon (the babies are in a breeder net). I would have put them on the 40 gallon but I guess I felt like it would be easier and to me safer to care for them this way.
I still plan on bringing mom back to petco this weekend but what should I do with the fry? If I had known she was pregnant I would have brought her back sooner but she didn't have a gravid spot and since I had nothing to compare her size to I thought it was just common.
Im deffinitly not bringing the fry back to store, they wouldn't make it.
Im considering asking my Aunt and Uncle if they want some mollies for their kids, and maybe ask my brother if he would take any but I have a feeling that it would be a slim chance.
I am going to most likely ask my brother if I can borrow his 10 gallon if he still has it.(they had fancy goldfish in it for my nephew, they didn't know any better) so I can have that as a grow out tank.
As for food for them luckily I still have frozen BBS from my baby betta and betta flakes so feeding them isn't to much of an issue.

So sorry for rambling. I would really aperecate help ASAP.

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Not all livebearers have gravid spots. She probably had the fry from stress. You can use the 10g for the fry and feed them crushed flakes and BBS. Put some java moss in there and you'll be set. They're not hard to take care of. Usually, if I try to keep my platy fry, they die, but if I leave them alone then they live.

Fill up the 10g halfway and put some live plants in with them. Feed them BBS at first and then start feeding them crushed flakes. Once they're about 1/4" long, fill up the 10g fully. Let them grow until they're almost an inch and ask if any places can take them. If not, see if your family can take them.

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What type of molly are they? I have a 50 gal that has become dedicated to Mollies. I may be willing to pay the shipping costs and take them off your hands once they reach an inch depending on what type they are.

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Since i don have an extra tank, i put them in a 7.5 steralite tub. So far ive only lost one since moving them on saterday. So i have 13.
Luckily one of my friends is goimg to take some, but i still have to find homes for the rest.

Im not sure what kind they all are,
All i now is mom is a black lerytail molly and dad is unknown.
Most of the babies look like their black mollys and possibly some silver, dolmation and maybe a yelow. Those ones ill have to wait for them to grow up to now for sure.

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Even with mom's genetics that would work with my set up. Send me a message when they are an inch long and we can set up shipping. We don't have lerytail in my area so it would be nice to get some of those genetics in my molly tank.

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ok :) I will have to think about shipping them though, ive never done it before and am kinda nervous. But I guess their a first for every thing. Ill defenetly message you when the time comes and let you know :)

As for dad, she was housed with other black mollies, silvers and either yellow or orange mollys.

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They will still have the right genetics. If I'm careful about it I should be able to get some true breedings out of the babies.

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Shipping is really easy. Just go to the pet store and ask for some bags. After getting the fish bags, bag up the mollies (divide them between 2 bags) and have it to where there's 1/3 water and 2/3 air. Put them into a small USPS flat rate shipping box (you can go to the post office and grab a box and walk out), add a heat pack if needed, tape it up, go to the post office, grab a label, fill it out, slap it on, and pay $6 for shipping. Tell them to put "fragile" and "liquid" stickers on it, and write "LIVE FISH" on every side of the box. The fish will arrive in 2-3 days and are usually always fine. If the temperature is in the 60s or less, add a heat pack. I forgot to add one and all 17 of my tropicals died. Only my 5 goldfish lived. So be careful! If you have any more questions on shipping, feel free to ask me.

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Thanks so much Kiara1125,

Im more worried that ill do something wrong with packaging and cause them to pass away during their trip to their new home.
Luckily by the time their 1" it will be nice and warm around here. It already got up to the 90's on Monday, then back down to 50-60. Sigh if only the weather would make up its mind lol.

Ill make sure to keep updates on them so you can see how they grow up and what they look like the they get around 1". Exciting news though, they will be one week old tomorrow. I didn't think I would be able to keep the fry as well as I have so far. Fingers crossed.

Also I did loose another fry on Monday so im down to 13. I did have a little scare and thought there was a fungus infection in my fry tank since it looked like the dead fry had some white possibly fuzzy spots on it. But I didn't make any sense since non of my other fish have that so I wasn't sure how they got it. So I took every body out, dumped the water and refilled. And I haven't lost anybody since.

These pictures are from a few days ago. They look about the same as they did when I took these pics, but the few lighter ones have started to get some color especaly that little clear one in the first photo. I cant wait to see what they look like when their bigger.

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I think dad might have been dalmation. Another nice genetic that isn't in my area. Starting to get excited about this. If you don't have a filter in there you will need to do every other day partial changes. In my experience the babies can be picky on that. But you don't need a great filter either. Just a sponge will do just fine.

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