Welcome to MyFishTank.Net!

Have A Question? Join our awesome community today and it's free!

molly gestation period- 15 days?

Discussion in 'Breeding' started by Kristin, Jun 18, 2001.

  1. Kristin

    Kristin Medium Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    0
    is this true? i thought it would be longer than that, but the lps people told me that it is 14-17 days.
     


  2. fishboy

    fishboy Superstar Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,565
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nope, it is 30 days for the fry to develope ;)
     
  3. ryanp15

    ryanp15 Superstar Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,130
    Likes Received:
    0
    That's right. ;D
     
  4. equinom

    equinom Large Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    0
    Question:  I have a black molly, thought it was fine.  No other mollies with it.  Suddenly started to get REAL fat - guess it could have been preggers when I got it.  Tonight instead of swimming it's not doing anything, infact I saw it resting on the bottom - it had never done that before.  Swam back towards surface, then drifted down onto a plant.  Just stayed there - as if resting.  I'm concerned: is it preggers and ready to make "fries" (ha ha) or is it sick and should it be pulled out of the community tank?  I hadn't planned on breeding fish...
     
  5. Colisa lalia

    Colisa lalia Large Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    0
    You need to respond quickly but do you have any salt in the tank. If no this is molly bloat and the fish will die. These are hardy brackish water fish not freshwater. Although guppies, platies, and swordtails live in freshwater mollies need salt otherwise they bacome bloated and die quickly. :p
     
  6. Pooky125

    Pooky125 Large Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    565
    Likes Received:
    0
    My uncles had mollies for 10 years and never put salt in the water, and they thrived, then, when he did, he lots about 3-4 of them, it sounds to me like she might be pregnant... in that case, if you want fry, buy a breeding net, if not, they will be eaten by the other tank mates, watch her for a while, and see what she does.
     
  7. keprydak

    keprydak Large Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    that's how livebearers have their babies - they sit down on the bottom of the tank or hide in a plant. At least, that's how my platies went about it.
     
  8. equinom

    equinom Large Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    0
    The point is now mute:  "Stealthy" passed yesterday afternoon.  I'm wondering if it was dropsey - it was so bloated.  When I look back over my tank log books I see that it didn't develop any problems until I moved it to a different tank.  I had to move it - it was attacking some of the other fish.  The tank I moved it to was a more established tank with fewer fish.  

    Yesterday I moved "Stealthy" out of the community tank into a hospital tank and added a broad spectrum antibiotic. I was obviously too late - damn those fish store people!!!

    After I removed "Stealthy" I checked the water in the community tank: pH~7.2, negative for ammonia, temp steady at 76, water very clear, tiny bit of green algae.  Filter looked alright - due for a change on Saturday, 3/2 (I change it every 2 weeks).  The BioWheel seems fine.  

    I want to understand what happened, to prevent it in the future.
     
  9. Matt Nace

    Matt Nace Superstar Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    0
    what were your nitrates?
    Did you give the molly any vegetation to eat in the food you gave?
     
  10. equinom

    equinom Large Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    0
    I never checked the nitrates in that tank.  I was under the impression if the ammonia was negative the cycle was "in control".  
    As far as vegetation - the only veggies that the molly got was an occasional frozen vegie treat.
    I was unaware they needed freshies.  I'm not surprised that I didn't know that, we've only been keeping fish since December.  I'm saddened every time we lose a fish, and we have lost a few...
    It has to be said, that molly was a real piggy, bless it's little heart.  My little boy was always laughing about how long it's "poops" were!  Sometimes longer than the fish...
    I digress - sorry.
     
  11. aidanchick

    aidanchick Medium Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    0
    I had my platy's for like 2 days and then I had baby fish...  :) it was a happy thing to see only because, of all the negative stuff going on in my life... when I saw them I thought "With death also comes life" ... sadly, my babies died of ick.. gurr... never let your mother take care of your fish while your on vacation!
     
  12. Matt Nace

    Matt Nace Superstar Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    0
    Mollys do better when given vegetation in their diet. Fresh, a dry staple food or even algae.

    NitrAtes are the rusult of ammonia--->nitIte---->nitrAte. with water changes , we remove the excess nitrAtes.

    Non-planted tanks should try to be under 30ppms. 50ppms is ok. 80ppms is getting too high.Sometimes on overstocked tanks it can be difficult, so more frequent water changes are needed.

    Dropsey is developed through lack of nutrition, bad envirnment , and/or stress. She would have looked like a pinecone on her belly.

    Mollys can also die given birth...mine have already.

    Mollys are one of those fish I feel actually would do better with salt added. Some of them get nasty tumors and funguses without it. Just from what I have observed though, I never added salt back when I kept them either.
     
  13. Matt Nace

    Matt Nace Superstar Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    0
    Oh and the gestation period is not a set 30 days..it depends on how warm your water is, so it is usually varies .
     
  14. tizme

    tizme Small Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    After reading this post series, I've developed a bunch of questions:

    First, I have a new lyertail molly (female or male ??? how do you tell?) who now lives with 2 Dia Tetras, 1 Blk Angelfish, and 1 Spotted Cory Catfish in a 26 gal AquaClear tank w/ 2 moneyworts and 2 mondo grass plants. Temp range is 76-78.

    I'm wondering if a molly was a good idea.  The salt I get no prob.  Its actually good for all the fish = deters parasites!  The brackish water NOT freshwater info. was surprising.  I know nothing about brackish water v. freshwater.  Live Vegetation?  Does that mean they eat plants or they need something else?  

    I should mention that my molly is a tad bit aggressive at times.  It hangs out at the very top of the tank next to the heater.  So far, seems to be eating the tropical flakes and bloodworms.

    Any help and any info is greatly appreciated. ::)
     
  15. fishboy

    fishboy Superstar Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,565
    Likes Received:
    0
     Well, there is always an easy way to sex mollies or any other livebearing fish. There is always a gonopodium, i think that is how you spell it. Anyway a gonopodium is an extension on the male near the under belly. Actually i never did use salt with my mollies and they did fine but, it is advised to use the salt.


    Live vegetation means live plants such as your moneyworts and your mondo grass, although i do remember someone saying to me that mondo grass was not true aquatic.

     They do eat plants but, they do need  a balanced diet of flakes, bloodworms, brine shrimp, vegation, ect.

         *celebratesmiley* Good Luck,*celebratesmiley*

                                         Fenos'tol

                                            Daniel
     
  16. tizme

    tizme Small Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, my molly suddenly began foaming at the mouth... then later upon introduction to salt = died.   :-[  Thanks for you info anyway.
     
  17. fishboy

    fishboy Superstar Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    1,565
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry to hear that Tizme
     
  18. nonamethefish

    nonamethefish Large Fish

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2002
    Messages:
    338
    Likes Received:
    0
    [quote author=tizme link=board=breeding&num=992881632&start=15#15 date=06/12/02 at 19:54:24]
    Well, my molly suddenly began foaming at the mouth... then later upon introduction to salt = died.   :-[  Thanks for you info anyway.[/quote]



    Oh how i hate columnaris!!! Lost six zebra danios to that disease.
     
Want To Reply or Ask A Question?
Join our forum today (it's free!) in one easy step! Click Here To Join!





Share This Page

  • About Us

    MyFishTank.Net and the blogs, articles, comments and other features therein are for informational purposes only and provided "as is" without warranties, representations, or guarantees of any kind. Content on MyFishTank.Net should never be used as a substitute for advice from a qualified professional. MyFishTank.Net shall not be liable for the accuracy, usefulness or availability of any content, and you agree to hold MyFishTank.Net harmless from any loss, harm, injury or damage resulting from or arising out of your use of or reliance on any content. The views and opinions expressed in an article or column are the author's own and not necessarily those of MyFishTank.Net.
  • Quick Navigation

  • CHECK THIS OUT!