How Do You Raise Baby Mollies?
I bought my room mate a three gallon fish tank with 4 mollies and 2 guppies. One of the mollies was pregnant. She give birth last night while we where sleeping. When we get up we did not see any of the fry swimming around but we did notice that the mother was no longer round and pregnant. We did a little probing and found a decent number hiding in the rocks and in other diverse hiding places. Over all we found and captured 8. One was unconscious when we found it. The other seven are now in a small holding cup, much like what Beta fish come within. Four of them are very lively. Two of them are quasi resting and swimming from time to time, and the last one is not doing well at adjectives.
So as for my question now that there is milieu. How are my room mate and I to take care of these baby mollies. We hold 2 one gallon tanks that our late Beat fish lived in for times gone by year. What do we feed them? How fast do they grow? How much room do they need? When can they be placed subsidise in with their mother and the other fish?
Thank you in mortgage for answering my question. Any help is much appreciated!
If they don't all survive don't feel doomed to failure, mollies and guppies reproduce regularly, and if you try and save all the fry you will probably run out of room fairly quickly, don't forget that the fry will grow up to be full grown mollies, so plan with that in intellect.
They will probably need to grow to be about half and inch long up to that time you put them back in with the adults, at least possible big enough so they won't fit in their mouths. If you choose to put them in sooner gross sure there is plenty of hiding places (lots of plants!) for them to hide contained by.
My best advice would be get a 20g tank, nouns it with hiding places, put the Mollies in it, let them breed adjectives they want ... the strongest/fastest fry will survive in the hiding places, you will end up with the best of the batch. Lots of plants, decorations, etc. Make sure you do extra water change for those babies, and they will grow faster.
For food, simply get some tropical flakes you feed to your older fish and put them surrounded by a zip loc bag. Crush them until they're fine powder. For the first few weeks, feed them 3-6 times a daylight, however much they can consume within the 30-60 seconds.
You can put them back near the adults as soon as they're big enough not to fit in the adults' mouths. I would say one month. =]
They arrive at sexual maturity around 2-4 months so you'll be pretty busy again!