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ninjafish 12-17-2009 08:45 PM

help..dalmation molly babies
Hello..I am here seeking a bit of advice. I came home from work today to find out that the dalmation molly I bought a few days ago has apparently given birth, as I've found four babies swimming around. I separated them and they're now in a large kritter keeper (I'm going to see if I can get a breeding set up tomorrow). They seem healthy and active, but I just tried feeding them a bit of finely ground flakes, and they don't eat it. I've read in several places that this is fine to feed them, and that they will be wanting to eat 4-5 times a day..Why won't they eat?

Fusion MK 12-17-2009 11:44 PM

I myself keep guppies, which are not that different from mollies. Since I have an abundance of guppy fry, I leave them in the main tank. Following Darwin's theory of Natural Selection, this will produce strong adult fish. I have found that you do not want to feed the baby fry that much. I only feed them about once a day with extremely finely ground fish food. My advice is to only feed them ground flakes/crisps/whatever once to two times a day (if you don't worry about some fish dying)

ninjafish 12-18-2009 02:04 PM

Good news, they ate some of the powdered flake food. :) Thank you for the advice.

mollies 12-18-2009 11:39 PM

usualy they wont eat the day they came out but the next day they will. I use to feed mine 3 time a day, they dont grow as fast with one feeding a day.

Fusion MK 12-19-2009 12:38 AM

It is better if they don't grow fast. If they grow fast, there are more risks for deformation of the body.

Oldman47 12-21-2009 04:24 PM

I feed mine at least 3 times a day and more on weekends. Just cut the amount back with more feedings and you iwll be fine. The fry do not have much of a digestive tract so small feedings is all they can use anyway. Don't forget to do tons of water changes to keep the pollutants down.

eileen 12-21-2009 05:38 PM

I feed my baby fry twice a day. If you feed more the water qty will go bad and you will have to do more water changes. Have fun with your new baby fry!

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