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rrusli 02-23-2008 08:09 AM

Ever since the mother balloon molly had babies (5 only made it) I removed the male from the tank because I think he was eating them. It's been a week now and they seem to be really fast and can avoid the mother easily; is it safe to put the male back in yet?

herefishy 02-23-2008 11:25 AM

Hard to say for sure. I could say yes, and the fry would be gone tomorrow. But you never know until you try. If you decide to do so, I would add plants like najas, java moss, elodea, Christmas or Taiwan moss to provide some cover for the juvies. Always a good idea anyway as thes e plants provide cover for the smaller fish, provide a sense of security for all, can be food for some, and will provide a littlle variety in the tank.

Falina 02-23-2008 08:06 PM

It is hard to say, but I would take an educated guess that they're probably big enough now to avoid being eaten but like was mentioned, I can't say for sure. The plants certainly will help.

I find it odd that the mother did not eat the babies. It's very unusual for a single fish to eat them as mother livebearers are notorious for eating their babies.

mmemor02 02-23-2008 08:10 PM

crossbreeding molly???
Hi! aquarium has been one of my interest ever since but it was just about 3 months when i decided to put up my own aquarium. i have some gold fish, pink zebra danio, some corydora catfish and about 9 mollies.

i am interested breeding mollies and i just want to ask if it is possible for different molly species to cross breed, i.e. sailfin mollie with dalmatian mollies, or balloon mollies with other types?

i hope you guys can enlighten me with this.

thanks in advance! :D

rrusli 02-23-2008 11:11 PM

i don't know anything about fish breeding really which is why i posted this but from what i've read you can cross bread mollies. But for my orignal question; I have a few fake plants, 2 fake things of grass and a little castle to hide in, should that be enough? also I could add in some rocks.

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