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tiffianylynn 01-02-2008 08:00 PM

Dalmation Mollies
I have 2 dalmation mollies. And I believe they are trying to mate. Correct me if I'm wrong, and please tell me what I need to do, and how to care for them.

They swim together, then one of them go under the other one and like sniffs it, and then gets up beside it and pokes it with a bottom fin. The one getting poked doesn't seem to be enjoying the process.

Falina 01-02-2008 09:41 PM

They're definitely trying to breed. The female will be terribly harassed if there are no other females in the tank. With livebearers always stick to a ratio of 2-3 femals per male.

The fry will survive in a heavily planted tank on infusoria, and you can feed them baby brine hrimp and crushed flakes. I find breeding units very stressful for the fish so don't use them.

tiffianylynn 01-02-2008 09:54 PM

So I need to go buy another female to make it better for the one trying to breed. Those are the only 2 dalmation mollies I have in the tank. There is small molly in there but I have no clue what kind, I believe it's a silver molly.

I was told they make a thing called breeders grass, is this stuff useful? What is infusoria?

So as long as I have my tank with lots of plants, the babies should be fine with the rest of the fish.

How will I know she is pregnant? And how long will she be pregnant before I see little mollies?

Oldman47 01-03-2008 08:09 PM

What is sold as infusoria is a pasty semi-liquid fry food that comes in a tube. I usually just take a bit of flake and powder it between my finger tips. The fry will eat it just as quickly as their parents eat the big flakes.

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