In about 4 to 6 weeks, the babies should be large enough to release into the main aquarium. But be sure the babies have grown larger than the mouths of adult fish. If it’s not possible to set up a separate aquarium, drop-in breeders are a great alternative.
Do you need to separate baby mollies?
Baby mollies should be kept separate from the main tank until they have grown large enough that they are too big to be eaten by other fish. A suitable nursery tank will be around 10 gallons in size. They should be fed baby brine shrimp, microworms and ground up flakes.
What do you do with a Molly baby?
If you don’t want to keep the babies, try and get a second hand 10g tank with a filter and set up a fry tank. When the fry are big enough, you can maybe donate to the LFS or “To a good home” ad out. That’s what I do with my babies. I cannot keep the fish from breeding, so I raise em and give them away for free.
How long does it take for a molly fish to have all her babies?
The gestation period of a molly fish is around 60 days. Female mollies can store sperm for months and may fertilize eggs as often as every 30 days, even when no male is present in the tank. Mollies may release 10 to 60 live fish at a time.
Do mollies have all their babies 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.
How fast do baby mollies grow?
Mollies grow fast if fed well with nutritional powdered food. They reach full size in not more than 3 or 4 month. In fact, they start breeding at that time. If you do not intend to feed your Molly fries to other fish, they will soon turn into a nuisance.
How do I know if my mollies are mating?
As it’s the nature of mostly males in almost every living being. But female mollies also chase the male or give positive signs for mating. Usually, a female goes vertical when she agrees to mate but I have noticed that the male mollies continue to chase the ones who are swimming away from them.
How do you keep baby mollies alive?
The fry should be fed a quality food, such as baby brine shrimp, baby fish food, or quality flake food ground into a fine powder. Feed the fry small amounts several times a day. Maintain good water quality by performing regular water changes.
What is the lifespan of a molly fish?
If kept in a healthy environment, a group of mollies will thrive and can live up to 5 years. It’s rare that you will come across a fish store that doesn’t sell mollies – they are one of the most popular freshwater fish.
Why did my molly fish die after giving birth?
Mollies typically die after giving birth due to severe labor strains, secondary to long delivery duration, hostile environment, and inappropriate water conditions. Female mollies also die after delivery due to genetic defects and underlying diseases, such as flukes, fin rot, and ammonia burns.
Do Mollies give birth at night?
Yes, most of the time, mollies do give birth at night. … However, there are some cases where mollies did give birth during the day. This is why it is recommended to have a separate tank for pregnant mollies that are ready to give birth.
Why is my molly fish laying on the bottom of the tank?
When a fish usually sits on the bottom for a long time, it is usually a sign of stress, exhaustion, water quality problems or in livebearers it could mean they are due to give birth. … You may notice fish lying on the bottom of the tank more if the water is not aerated.
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.
Do Mollies eat their babies?
They don’t lay eggs; their young come out swimming. And they are prolific breeders as well. Molly babies get no protection from their parents. The tiny fish are just as likely to be eaten by their own mother as they are by other fish in the aquarium, so to survive they’re going to need a little help.
What Colour will my Molly Fry be?
Well molly fry tend to be any color they want to be or close to that of the parent. Yours are dark grey but as they get older will start to change color so do not worry. I have had fry with one coloration and then after a few months look totally different.
Where do Mollies lay eggs?
During the pregnancy, the eggs are store and develop in the belly of the female molly fish. When the eggs hatch, the female drops the fry directly into the aquarium. Female mollies can store up to 100 eggs in their bodies, and even more in the case of larger molly fish breeds.