Category: molly

~The Reef~

~The Reef~

Hungry fish!

Hungry fish!

She’s so tame

She’s so tame

My girl’s getting so big

My girl’s getting so big

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I hope you don't mind me asking, but I th…

I hope you don't mind me asking, but I thought you might have an answer since your mollies seem very happy and healthy. I got a fish tank and supplies as a Christmas gift- the tank I received was too small but I got a 10 gallon one myself. Did the planting, water cycling, all of that, and got two mollies (along with two much smaller fish). I was told this was fine at the pet store, but now I'm finding out mollies breed fast, and I accidentally got one male and one female. This never showed (1/)(2/) up in my research beforehand, only stuff about how they are a fairly simple fish to take care of. 10 gallons is the maximum tank size my college allows, and I’m not sure I could handle a bigger one anyway. What I’m saying is I have no idea what I would do with fry, and I’m really concerned about it. I want to take good care of my fish, but wasn’t expecting the possibility of ending up with more. Do you have any ideas what I should do? I could take back the male, but if I get fry anyway,
(3/3) I don’t know what to do with them. Or should I leave my tank at home with my mom, so we can get a bigger one when we need it? She loves fish so I’m sure she’d take good care of them, but I don’t want to put a lot of stress and work on her. Basically I’m just really worried about ending up with too many fish in a tank too small for them and having them be miserable. Is there a way to avoid this, or is this just something I’d encounter with mollies no matter what?

Hi! As long as you have a male and a female, it’s likely they’re going to breed. They don’t breed incredibly fast – they’ll usually have fry once every month or two, in batches of anywhere from five to twenty, maybe even more.
You seem to be kinda like me where you want to save every single fish haha. Unfortunately, mollies have a lot of babies because many of them won’t make it to adulthood. Most people just leave the fry in the tank, and let nature have its way. The healthiest/luckiest survive, which is often just a couple.
That’s probably what I’d do in your situation. When your fish have fry just leave them loose in the tank. It’s sad to lose the babies, but’s it’s kinda how it works.
If you do want to raise them, I think your tank would be big enough at least for awhile. If you look through my Molly or fry tag you’ll find my baby girl. She’s a juvenile Dalmatian Molly that was born back around June, so that could give you an idea how fast they grow!
And if you want to avoid fry all together you could look at your pet store’s return policy and maybe get a female or two instead.

I love how much you’re looking out for your fish! Good luck!

So we checked out some local pet stores today….

So we checked out some local pet stores today. Tons of cool things (including a Medusa worm that we ended up bringing home ahaha. I’ll post pics of him next).
Petco had gold dust mollies, so these pretty ladies are joining The Tank! They have blue shimmers in the light!

I love how the Christmas lights glint off the …

I love how the Christmas lights glint off the mollies

Merry Christmas (or whichever holidays you may…

Merry Christmas (or whichever holidays you may be celebrating!) from the Let’s Get Salty crew!!!
I hope you all have a fun, enjoyable day!

There’s a little fry, right in the middle of t…

There’s a little fry, right in the middle of the screen! They survived the whole move and look to be perfectly healthy!