Ideally, pregnant females should be placed on their own in a separate aquarium with lots of feathery plants where they can give birth in a stress-free environment. Then again, once she releases the fry she is returned to the main tank and the fry can be grown on separately.
How do you know when a fish is going to give birth?
The Eyes of the Fry and Signs of Impending Birth
To accommodate the developing eggs, the mother’s body expands, becoming deeper and broader. A few days before delivery, she develops a bulge below the gills, her outline becoming fairly square in this region, while the gravid spot has enlarged its area.
When should I separate my pregnant Molly fish?
Most mollies will isolate themselves from the other fish just prior to giving birth. With enough time you will get used to the mollies normal behavior and be able to easily tell when she is about to have fry. For the time being, separate the molly when she gets truly large.
When should I separate my pregnant platy?
They can if given the opportunity. The babies are almost transparent and have a knack for hiding, which gives them an advantage. However, opportunistic adult platy fish will indeed see them as a food source. It is best to keep the fry separate until they are larger than the mouths of the adult fish.
What do you do with baby fish?
If you find baby fish in your tank, don’t panic! The first thing you should do is remove any adult fish so they do not eat the babies or move the baby fish to a separate tank where they can grow in safe environment.
How long do fish stay pregnant?
As examples, the female swordtail and guppy will both give birth to anywhere from 20 to 100 live young after a gestation period of four to six weeks, and mollies will produce a brood of 20 to 60 live young after a gestation of six to 10 weeks.
Do fish give birth out their mouth?
Sometimes the female fish will carry the fertilized eggs in her mouth, or the male and female will trade off, which is called biparental mouthbrooding.
Should you separate pregnant Molly?
When you have a pregnant Molly, you do need to separate them from the rest of your fish. Because Mollies are live-bearing, other fish may think the babies are food. … If mollies give birth in the tank, there is a good chance other fish or the mother eats the fry.
When should I separate my pregnant guppy?
The best way to protect both the pregnant guppy and all her fry is by separating her for the entire length of her pregnancy. It’s important to do this as soon as you see her fry because, like most fish, guppies will eat their own babies.
Do molly fish give birth all at once?
Mollies give birth to live babies. They are very easy to breed for the most part, and a single female molly fish can produce over a hundred baby mollies at one time.
Will baby fish survive in my tank?
It is possible to raise baby fish in your main tank, but generally, few will survive this. Larger fish will see them as tasty snacks and even vegetarian fish may be tempted. They can also suffer injuries from being chased and bullied.
Should I put my pregnant platy in a breeder?
I usually only use the gravid spot to determine pregnancy. If you are going to put the fish in the breeder box, which I do not recommend unless you are absolutely sure it is time for the fish to give birth as it may cause stress and cause a premature birth, I would wait even a day after you think she will give birth.
Why do male Platies chase female pregnant?
The male chasing the female is normal behavior. He is trying to mate with the female. Males always chase the females around in attempt to impregnate her.
How fast do baby fish grow?
How fast do baby fish grow? Baby fish, or fry, are considered grown when they are able to fend for themselves at approximately 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the fish’s environment and diet. At this time, the baby fish can be introduced into a common tank.
What do you do with baby fish you don’t want?
- Hope that the parents or other tankmates eat the babies.
- Sell/Donate the babies to the LFS once they’ve grown a bit.
- Give them away to friends or local hobbyists.
- Buy more and more tanks to house your constantly breeding guppies until you are known by your peers as “that weird fish kid.”
Can I feed fish to my baby?
For most babies, fish is fine to introduce at around 6 months (and potentially earlier for babies who start solids at 4 months). It is recommended that fish be introduced between 6 months and one year—even if your family has a history of food allergies.