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Breeding Mollies

This page contains Customer Comments and our Replies about how to Breed Mollies and Raise the Baby Fish. Click here now to go back to the previous page in this discussion.


Customer Comments

Hello. I have had two litters of mollies now from the same mother. The first litter was born in early June and the second about a month later. The older litter is now about half of the size as the adult fish, while the second litter are barely any bigger than they were when I released them from the breeding net.
What could be my problem? Can they still grow? Have I created miniature mollies?
Thank you.
Bellamy H.
Reply. Hello Bellamy. The baby Mollies in the first litter are now bigger, able to swim faster, and so these larger baby Mollies find the food much better than the smaller baby Mollies that were born in the second litter. Since the older babies from the first litter get most of the food, the younger baby Mollies from the second litter don't get much food and so don't grow much.
That's why most breeders of fish, separate the different sizes of babies. I suggest you take a small net and move the smaller baby Mollies to another aquarium, where most of them should begin to grow normally.

Customer Comments

I have three female mollies.  One of them I got yesterday.  She is pregnant.  I have her in the breeding tank.  SHe released two fry's.  ONe dead, one alive.  Everything I am reading says they normally release more.  SHould I expect her to release more?  I have another that is large and has been for a long time.  If I put her in the breeder will this help her ot release babies?  I don't really understand.
Thank you,
Kristin L.
Reply. Hello Kristin. As you wrote, a female Molly will usually release more than two babies. I think your new female may have released the two babies as a result of being moved yesterday, and the move may have been the reason one baby died.
Generally it is not good to move a female Molly too far, when she is really big and about to release babies. You probably did not know this.
Your female may wait a while, before she releases more babies. Female Mollies usually release 20 to 100 babies over a period of a couple of hours, and they release babies about once a month. So you will probably have more babies within a month.
Click here now to read a list of three things you can do to gently encourage your females to release babies.
Putting a female Molly in an Aquarium Breeder Net does not help her release her babies, but the Aquarium Breeder Net does protect the babies, so they won't be eaten by other fish in the aquarium.

Customer Comments

I was writing because I am not quite sure what to do. My husband and I were setting up a tank for our daughter with a two mollies. We purchased them at Petco, they are balloon mollies. I do not know how to tell male from female except for when we were looking at the tank later that same day there were tons of babies in there.
We removed the "parents" (still not sure who was the mother .. ) and put them into another 5 gallon tank because I was not sure if the female would then do any damage to the babies after they were born. After about another day, the two adult mollies, secluded in a separate tank had mysteriously multiplied again with another "batch".
I have been able to remove almost all of the fry this time, placing them in the original 5 gallon tank and keeping the adults sepate. Now, I count over 70 babies (48 of which I removed from the second "batch" and counted at least 30 in the first batch). Is this common? Will this fish keep delivering or should they be done now?
How long will it take for the babies to develop? Is there a way to tell which fish it was that delivered? ( I say that because judgeing size, I am unsure. We only had the fish for about 6 hours and I wasn't familiar with their size enough to tell which had shrunken!) ..
I am going to ... get a breeder net like you suggest. I apologize for bombarding you with questions but I am inexperienced as they come when it comes to breeding fish and this was a totally unexpected event.
Thanks so much for your help, the web site alone was a great help.
Kelly L.
Redding, CA 96003
Reply. Hello Kelly. thank you for your exciting account of your Mollies releasing babies. Mollies are probably the easiest fish to spawn and raise the babies. That's why we recommend that people, who want to breed fish, start with Mollies.
Maybe both of your adult mollies are females and they each released a group of babies. After being moved to a new aquarium, Mollie females will often release babies.
Usually female Mollies will release a group of babies once a month. You probably won't get more babies for a month or so. The growth rate of baby fish depends on the water quality, the food, and the temperature of the water.
If you keep your babies in your 5-gallon aquarium with no other fish, then you won't need a Net Breeder. The Net Breeder is used to protect the babies from being eaten by other fish. Until the babies have been able to approximately double in length, then it is usually safe to released them back into the aquarium with the larger fish.

Customer Comments

Hello, I am a frequent user of I find your website extremely informing! It has helped me a bunch! I have found that in a 55 gallon aquarium, Mollies can breed easily without me doing any efforts.
I have been breeding assorted mollies and fancy guppies. I have gotten many tips on breeding from your website to make breeding even better than it all ready was! Thankyou for your help! I am now a successful breeder of Tropical Fish.
Thank you,
Reply. Hello Cherie. Thank you for your email. We're glad you're making good use of and succeeding with your fish.
Mollies will often pick on Guppies, but in a big aquarium like yours the chances are better that the Guppies will have room to stay away from the Mollies.
Click here to go on to another page in this web site with more Customer Comments and our Replies about Breeding Mollies.
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