I've been playing around with the stocking of my community tank and roughly 3 weeks ago i picked up some Lyre tail orange mollies. i just picked up two because i wasn't sure how well they would get along with the minnows (they get along fine, but the minnows don't seem exactly pleased, they avoid being near the bigger mollies)
now i knew when i got home i had been given one male and one female (the store employee just tried to give me two of the most healthy fish) and i thought i'd have more time to be able to set up another larger tank for any future fry. the female was obviously a female but her belly was /barely/ bigger then the males. there was no gravid spot, she wasn't huge or rounded or boxy.
not even 6 hours after she was put in the tank, she dropped fry in the tank. i noticed when i was going to bed. Welp, okay.... maybe they'll get eaten. there's other fish, there's the two mollies and 8 minnows and 4 shrimp. maybe they'll get eaten or sucked into the filter or whatever else can happen to fry. This tank is not at all fry friendly. and yet...
i have 14 three week old molly fry and i have no idea what to do with them. Their now half the size of the minnows so obviously they're safe from that, and the mollies seem to have absolutely no interest in anything meat based. i've seen them scoop up a fry and then immediately spit it back out when it realized it wasn't floating algae.
i have no idea what to do, they're healthy and interesting to watch but i wont have space for them tank wise until at least January, and as the male and female are still in the same tank im sure she'll be dropping more fry around then as well so just??