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ricky_19 09-24-2006 12:24 PM

Black Mollie Fry
my mollie just had fry and i need help on taking care of them so they wont die.. can anyone help?

joeshmoe 09-24-2006 01:11 PM

hi how many fry do u have. well they'll need lots of feeding live or mybe flake, crunch the food up in small peaces and make sure you have lots plants so they can hide.

Lupin 09-25-2006 02:48 AM

Hi Ricky,

I don't think you need to save the fry. They aren't known good hiders for nothing.:wink2:

Livebearers are quite prolific. Let alone a female producing several batches of fry in a few months without a male after being separated from the male(if separation is being done). Inbreeding is also quite common in their case. Siblings keep mating among themselves hence the rate of deformities produced can be quite high.

Let them survive on their own. If you have several thickets of plants, rest assured that only the strongest will survive. This may be cruel but if you think of the future, there's no way for you to get rid of them and only a few lfs will take them considering they are rather too common.

Livebearer fry are, IMO, very easy to raise. Anything given will be appreciated.

In my case, I never keep livebearers due to the problems of overpopulation.:roll: Well, not unless I have angelfish and tetras anyway to eliminate the fry.:wink2:

Tracy 09-25-2006 07:05 PM

I had the same question actually. I bought a pregnant dalmatian molly and she is suddenly thin again :P I have seen a couple of the little ones in the tank but really don't know how many she had and if any have been eaten by the adults. I'll just keep watching I guess; it's very interesting and new to me, I think the teeny little fry are so cute! They look exactly like the adults colorwise, just in miniature form.

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