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Old 07-15-2009, 11:11 PM   #1
 
Question Molly help

I have 4 balloon mollys only 1 is male could i get another male or would i need more females the tank is 55gal.i also would like to no whith normal mollys the same thing.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:15 AM   #2
 
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How many total fish are in the aquarium? Three to four females per male will keep the peace but be aware the three females you have will soon start producing mollies . Were it me, I would simplylet nature take it's course. You will soon have more mollies than you may wish for.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:54 PM   #3
 
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Whether they are normal or balloon mollies, the ratio of at least 3 females to each male is a good idea. You could use as many as 5 or 6 females to each male and be just fine. Beware that you do not want to mix regular and balloon mollies. The fry will have all kinds of different genetic makeups and you won't have a clue what to expect from their breeding.
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How many total fish are in the aquarium? Three to four females per male will keep the peace but be aware the three females you have will soon start producing mollies . Were it me, I would simplylet nature take it's course. You will soon have more mollies than you may wish for.

I want to breed them so that would be fine.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:35 PM   #5
 
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Whether they are normal or balloon mollies, the ratio of at least 3 females to each male is a good idea. You could use as many as 5 or 6 females to each male and be just fine. Beware that you do not want to mix regular and balloon mollies. The fry will have all kinds of different genetic makeups and you won't have a clue what to expect from their breeding.
What do you mean different genetic makeups.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:54 PM   #6
 
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If you are breeding them for your own pleasure then crossbreeding is a matter of choice ,or inbreeding. But if your aim is to possibly sell some of the young fish ,or offer them to fish store for free, There are those who are more particular about strains of fish they wish to keep. I would also expect a percentage of deformities being the result. Always best in my view to breed like strains of fish.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:11 PM   #7
 
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We are starting this breeding with genetic deformities, it is called balloon mollies. No matter how much you like them, they are a deformed version of a natural molly. The problem with the mix is that you would then end up with fry that are a mix of the balloon genes and the regular genes but would not know what the genetic makeup of each fry is. All you would know is whether or not they looked like a balloon molly. That would not be a real problem if they never leave your home but in 6 months when we see people insist that you can get balloon mollies by breeding 2 regular mollies, they would just be stating what they found by allowing your fry to breed.
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