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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-11-2016, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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What should I do with baby mollies?

I've been playing around with the stocking of my community tank and roughly 3 weeks ago i picked up some Lyre tail orange mollies. i just picked up two because i wasn't sure how well they would get along with the minnows (they get along fine, but the minnows don't seem exactly pleased, they avoid being near the bigger mollies)

now i knew when i got home i had been given one male and one female (the store employee just tried to give me two of the most healthy fish) and i thought i'd have more time to be able to set up another larger tank for any future fry. the female was obviously a female but her belly was /barely/ bigger then the males. there was no gravid spot, she wasn't huge or rounded or boxy.

not even 6 hours after she was put in the tank, she dropped fry in the tank. i noticed when i was going to bed. Welp, okay.... maybe they'll get eaten. there's other fish, there's the two mollies and 8 minnows and 4 shrimp. maybe they'll get eaten or sucked into the filter or whatever else can happen to fry. This tank is not at all fry friendly. and yet...

i have 14 three week old molly fry and i have no idea what to do with them. Their now half the size of the minnows so obviously they're safe from that, and the mollies seem to have absolutely no interest in anything meat based. i've seen them scoop up a fry and then immediately spit it back out when it realized it wasn't floating algae.

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i have no idea what to do, they're healthy and interesting to watch but i wont have space for them tank wise until at least January, and as the male and female are still in the same tank im sure she'll be dropping more fry around then as well so just??

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Have you considered offering them back to the store?

Another idea is to add a Betta. It would take care of any future fry "problem."
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Unfortunately i got them from petsmart, and it's been over a week since i've gotten them, so i doubt they will allow me to return them. I might have to add a betta in an attempt of population control. :/ would you suggest a male or female betta for this?



this is what the mollies look like (though many of the fry seem to be spotted like dalmatian mollies), and are a bit bigger then a fully grown crown tail betta (only size comparison i can give because that's what i have)

would these be too bright for a betta to live with peacefully?

Djura: Red Crowntail
Logarius: Blue-black/Orange Crowntail
School of Mensis: School of White Cloud Mountain Minnows
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Sorry, I didn't mean returning the adults. Many stores will accept fry from customers' tanks. Sometimes they will even purchase them.

In the past I've kept male Bettas with mollies without problems. It gets a little difficult when considering adding any salt. In a community tank I never use salt, however.
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I don't use salt. my city's water is already very hard and the water in my tank is so hard the test strips don't even show how hard it is (instantly goes the darkest color) I've only just now after 2 months gotten the water clear so i really don't want to add anything more then what i am to the water. The mollies are quiet happy with the water without the salt so i'm not even considering it.

I've certainly never seen a bright orange betta before so i guess I'll have a look at petsmart again and ask about the fry and see what bettas they have in.

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For the fun of it, you might search "live Betta fish" at eBay." I'm not suggesting purchasing, but you will see colors and types you usually don't run into in the big box stores.

I often check it out to see all of the variety.
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I have a few times (to cry about shipping costs because oh man). only orange colors i've seen have been the orangish color in mustard gas bettas and koi bettas. though im sure there /are/ solid orange/gold bettas. im sure an orange dumbo would look stunning.

I chose the lyretails because they look similar to goldfish at first glance, but aren't unreasonable to keep in a smaller tank.

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With livebearers the population can get out of control and for all those people who say they eat their young, I unfortunately got parents of the year like you. Mine never ate their young. I put the fry in with bettas and and it does help, but they can get too big before the betta gets around to it. You can find a friend that has big fish and give them the fish as feeders as well. You can basically do whatever you're comfortable with, just never ever ever ever release them into the wild.
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oh no i'd never dump them outside. far too cold for that now and honestly i have no idea where the nearest pond or creek even is.

I'll be trying to look into my options. i wasn't thinking an impulsive buy could so quickly get out of hand, but welp. :/ here we are.

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Unfortunately i got them from petsmart, and it's been over a week since i've gotten them, so i doubt they will allow me to return them. I might have to add a betta in an attempt of population control. :/ would you suggest a male or female betta for this?



this is what the mollies look like (though many of the fry seem to be spotted like dalmatian mollies), and are a bit bigger then a fully grown crown tail betta (only size comparison i can give because that's what i have)

would these be too bright for a betta to live with peacefully?
I work part time at petsmart and I can tell you we won't buy your fry but (at least at my store) many associates are happy to adopt unwanted fish so you could go in and ask if they have anyone who would want to take them for you!
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