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MollyMomma 10-09-2012 01:49 PM

Molly Color Change
 
Hey everyone, I have a ten month old gold/yellow balloon molly. A few months ago he started developing black coloration, which I researched heavily with all the details to find that it was not a disease, but instead just part of his DNA. This is nothing critical, but when should I expect this color change to end, and how much black might there be on his body? At the moment he only has small black freckles, almost like a dalmatian molly, but not as many spots. Thanks :)

Sylverclaws 10-09-2012 03:27 PM

I once wondered that myself. Apparently some, if not all mollies, change color throughout their entire lives. Some tend to get darker with age, others get lighter. It usually slows down a bit, but it keeps happening. If he's one of those that stops changing colors, it should be done by 6-8 months, but most mollies with spots tend to keep getting more as they get older. I haven't heard of them continuing to get more random spots from a non-spotted area after that age...but another user on here told me she had a dalmation molly that started almost white and when it died of old age it was almost black. lol

MollyMomma 10-09-2012 03:35 PM

Thanks so much! :) The spots seem to have slowed, but still continue to show up... looks like I'll end up with a molly similar to your friend's :)


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