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smellie92 05-17-2012 04:01 PM

Best Ratio For Mollie Breeding
 
hi all,
i currently have 3 male and 3 female silver mollies, all the same size. It wasn't planned that way though, when i bought the first 3 mollies i was told by the people in my LFS that 1 was male and 2 were female. It turns out that they were all males!! so i bought one female mollie (making sure it was definitely a female) then thought it was unfair on her so i bought another 2 females to make it even. so i was just wondering what the best ratio actually is, if nessercery i can take 2 males out and put into a different tank.

so once again, just wondering what the best ratio male to female would be for breeding?

cheers.

txO4 05-17-2012 09:28 PM

The general rule of thumb is usually 3 females to 1 male. 1 male to 1 female will usually cause too much undue stress on her from him constantly trying to mate. I would suggest at least a 2:1 female to male ratio though.

donnie 05-27-2012 03:22 AM

I have one male and three females. all three are about to give birth and are in a tank by themselves. i had a fourth but she died. i also have one platy male and two female platies. he hasnt quite figured out mating yet but shows alot of interest in the females.
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Stormfish 05-27-2012 01:40 PM

+1 to having one male and several female. That seemed to work the best when I kept Mollies. Having more than 1 male also seemed to cause undue stress in the tank as sometimes the males would battle it out for the females.

txO4 05-27-2012 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by donnie (Post 1096883)
I have one male and three females. all three are about to give birth and are in a tank by themselves. i had a fourth but she died. i also have one platy male and two female platies. he hasnt quite figured out mating yet but shows alot of interest in the females.
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I have had 1 male and 2 female molly for almost 6mo now, and he shows plenty interest in the ladies but have not had any fry yet :shrugs:

Good luck though!
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Stormfish 05-27-2012 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by txO4 (Post 1097495)
I have had 1 male and 2 female molly for almost 6mo now, and he shows plenty interest in the ladies but have not had any fry yet :shrugs:

Good luck though!
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Or maybe the fry were a tasty meal?


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