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post #1 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Sailfin Molly gender help...

So I bought a new sailfin molly today, but what is its gender?

http://i46.tinypic.com/ej9yr6.jpg

I will get better pictures later if needed.

I'm planning on buying more of its kind to hang with in a week or 2.

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So I bought a new sailfin molly today, but what is its gender?

http://i46.tinypic.com/ej9yr6.jpg

I will get better pictures later if needed.

I'm planning on buying more of its kind to hang with in a week or 2.

Thanks guys!
~Sydnie
Looks like a male.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, so I should get some females when I go in next time?

These guys were pretty cheap, $5 at my LFS.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 07:00 PM
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Alright, so I should get some females when I go in next time?

These guys were pretty cheap, $5 at my LFS.
$5 for mollies are expensive. I paid $2 for mine.

Also, only get females if you want a lot of fry or you have a big enough tank. Just keep that in mind. 3 females would be better if you don't mind do fry just to keep the stress down.

The male will always go after the females trying to breed.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Considering the cheapest fish there is wild feeder guppies at a dollar a dozen, those mollies are pretty cheap.


My sailfin has taken to fallowing the 3 swordtails I have.
I don't really worry about my guppies and swords having babies, my bettas eat the fry...
And my cories never have babies because my pleco eats the eggs....

Could I have just male mollies in the tank or is it an absolute rule to have 2 females per male?

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Considering the cheapest fish there is wild feeder guppies at a dollar a dozen, those mollies are pretty cheap.


My sailfin has taken to fallowing the 3 swordtails I have.
I don't really worry about my guppies and swords having babies, my bettas eat the fry...
And my cories never have babies because my pleco eats the eggs....

Could I have just male mollies in the tank or is it an absolute rule to have 2 females per male?
I would have at least a 1 male to 2 female ratio to keep stress down. You could go with another female.

The males really do overwhelm the females with their....intents.
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I would have at least a 1 male to 2 female ratio to keep stress down. You could go with another female.

The males really do overwhelm the females with their....intents.
I completely agree, males can be VERY persisted. This can cause great stress to a lone female.

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I can add that I just recently got a second female for the male and the first female seems to be doing better. Still seems to be the preferred one to be chased but it is at least better.

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