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How Long Are Dalmatian Mollies Pregnant For? Full Gestational Period & More!

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By Lindsey Stanton

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Dalmatian mollies are some cool fish no doubt. They have great personalities and an even better color scheme. If there is one thing which Dalmatian mollies are, it is beautiful. Many people like to breed these fish on their own, which is perfectly fine.

They are not all that difficult to breed as long as you have the right water conditions. We have had a lot of people asking us how long are Dalmatian mollies pregnant? So, we are going to do our best to answer this right now.

First things first, Dalmatian mollies are livebearers. This means that opposed to much other fish that lay eggs, Dalmatian mollies give birth to live fish that are ready to eat, swim, sleep, and all of that other fun stuff. Continue reading to learn more about the gestation period of Dalmatian mollies.

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When it comes to the gestation period for Dalmatian mollies, it can last anywhere from 50 to 70 days, with the average time of gestation being around 60 days. The male molly will fertilize the eggs inside the body of the female Dalmatian molly. She will then carry these eggs around for around 60 days before giving birth to live baby Dalmatian mollies.

You will know when the female is ready to give birth because she will be big, noticeably fat, eat a whole lot, and be quite sluggish too. Heck, that is a lot of weight to be carrying around. A female Dalmatian molly can give birth to 50 or more fish fry at once, which is quite impressive, to say the least. (More on the fish size/growth on this article here).

One thing that needs to be noted is that Dalmatian mollies are known for eating their young. If you want the baby Dalmatian mollies to survive, you will need to remove the parents from the tank once the babies have been birthed.

If you need some food suggestions, we have covered our top 8 picks here.

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The big takeaway here is that the gestation period for female Dalmatian mollies is around 60 days.

Related Read: How Long Do Dalmatian (Dalmation) Mollies Live?


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Lindsey discovered her passion for fish keeping after a junior high school field trip to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Prior to becoming Editor-in-Chief of It's a Fish Thing, Lindsey studied marine biology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. She loves goldfish, tetras, and mystery snails, and recently began experimenting with a saltwater aquarium.

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