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post #1 of 25 Old 12-18-2006, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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breeding mollies?

for christmas my friend is helping me buy a LARGE fish tank from his granma (80 gallon or so which is huge for me) so that i can transport all my fish from my 30 gallon in there, and then put my goldfish from my 10 gallon in my 30 gallon............... ANYWAYS i was wondering if i could start with 2 female mollies and 1 male mollie and if they would have a few living babies in a 10 gallon aquarium.
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post #2 of 25 Old 12-18-2006, 02:59 AM
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Breeding livebearers is not challenging at all.:) Just allow nature to take its course. Let the fry survive in the main community. Most of the survivors will be strong enough to live long.:)

Livebearer fry are far stronger compared to the fry of the egg layers. They can eat almost any food you can give them. They are agile and can hide quickly to prevent being eaten by their parents and other tankmates.:)

On the side note, livebearers are quite prolific and can reproduce fry without the males for months. This is only if you have exposed the female to the male in a tank and then isolate her for several months.

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Do bear in mind that female Mollies can get 3 to 5" long (depending on species), and, if you breed them, that can max out a 10 gallon tank in no time flat.

Other than that, mollies+water = mollies ++

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Other than that, mollies+water = mollies ++
I hope that was a programming reference!

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Fortunately, Mollies can be housed in a marine aquarium, so a C++ reference is not entirely off base. 8)

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Fortunately, Mollies can be housed in a marine aquarium, so a C++ reference is not entirely off base. 8)
How true. I had mollies and the lionfish(marine) is supposed to eat them but they survived so well. The lionfish was quite a sloth. I had to feed him shrimps instead.

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well i was reading on it and it sounded easy and i can mow some lawns when there gets to be too many fish and buy a new fish tank. does anyone know if main pet stores like petsmart and petco buy those little fry because that would be a pretty good and easy way to make money and keep the population down.
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does anyone know if main pet stores like petsmart and petco buy those little fry because that would be a pretty good and easy way to make money and keep the population down.
It would be a good idea if you ask them.:) It depends in your area if those branches will allow. Their policies could be different from other branches. If not, try feeding the fry to a predatory fish but I still like the idea of selling them better although you'll need to grow them to adults for better income(not much though-you often get half of the price they sell).

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yeah i read if they buy them theyll buy them when there about an inch. at the moment i dont have any predatorial fish but who cares. do you think that an oscar can live with some tetras and a few other small things in a big 100 gallon tank??
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do you think that an oscar can live with some tetras and a few other small things in a big 100 gallon tank??
I wouldn't even try it. Anything that fits in their mouths, they'll eat them. A very bad idea IMO. Small fish tend to become stressed when kept with very large fish.

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