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PhilipPhish 05-15-2012 06:51 PM

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.

Thanks guys!
~Sydnie

fish monger 05-15-2012 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PhilipPhish (Post 1082634)
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.

PhilipPhish 05-15-2012 06:58 PM

Alright, so I should get some females when I go in next time?

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

Termato 05-15-2012 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by PhilipPhish (Post 1082643)
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.

PhilipPhish 05-15-2012 07:25 PM

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?

Termato 05-15-2012 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PhilipPhish (Post 1082671)
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.

Jayy 05-15-2012 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Termato (Post 1082876)
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.

FluffyWolf2 05-15-2012 10:30 PM

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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