My mother was eating lunch when she noticed a curious gathering in the bottom corner of the fish tank. She put her glasses on to have a closer look and discovered tiny new inhabitants emerging - the very-pregnant Molly fish was giving birth to babies!
The googly-eyed goldfish neighbors attempted to eat some of the little newbies, so my mother lured them away with a generous offering of fish food. Then, while they were busy pursuing the floating pellets, she carefully scooped out the babies into a cup of water.
She waited patiently throughout the day for the remainder of the babies to come out, and by the end of the day there were 20 little guys!
While mommy Molly is pure white, the little guys are all different colours - black, yellow, white, and spotted. I am so delighted to be able to welcome so many new fishies, and it's so neat that Molly fish can give live birth! I always thought that fish only lay eggs.
Note: I was calling the fish a Platy earlier, but it's actually a Molly fish. Thanks, Karen!
Here are some pics: