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sam 12-30-2007 08:51 AM

Molly Help
 
Well I got this Molly, Squishy, when he was born. He was the only to survive and was the only smart enough to hid in the castle after birth since I wasn't there when the batch was born nor did I have a breeding tank or anything. The parents both died from unknown causes- the water was check before and after the deaths and neigther of the fish had any odd behavior or white spots on them. I've been thinking of getting Squishy a tank mate. I want another Molly but I'm not exactly sure whether I should get a male or female. I believe he is a male as his anal fin is larger then his other fins.

Also I may have another account on here but I can't remember my log in name so don't delete me please! lol

Oldman47 12-30-2007 09:50 AM

Sam:
On a male molly the anal fin, the one near the back on his lower side, will be long and thin. On a female molly, the anal fin will be a triangle shape. On a very young molly, all fish will look like females. The ability to sex a molly comes as it gets larger and more mature. As far as what to put with it, females are always a good idea for 2 reasons. If you already have a female there will be no problems. If you already have a male, you will want at least 2 females and maybe more to keep the male from causing distress in the females by giving them too much attention.

sam 12-30-2007 10:12 AM

I really wish I had another molly to judge it on but I'm just gonna go with him being a male and hope for the best lol

Hmm, might be able to convince myself to get two females just in case. Would a two males fight? Sorry I've had mollies for a while but forgot about all this stuff[/list]

Oldman47 12-30-2007 10:26 AM

2 males will not fight. The problem is that if you have a female, a male would harass her constantly. That can and in some cases has caused the female to die. If you are sure its a male then another one would be just fine. Go look in a tank of healthy livebearers like guppies where you can tell from their color what they are. Then look at the shapes of their anal fins. You will find, after inspecting some that you are sure of, that sexing mature livebearers will be easy.

sam 12-30-2007 10:31 AM

Ok, thank you ^^


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