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fish.breeder 07-31-2007 12:41 PM

baby Carnivores?
my fish had babies about a 2 weeks ago in my 20 gallon tank that used to have mollies in it, and i didnt notice until i put them in my 10 gallon tank so i could put my paque and clown knifefish in there. i tried and tried to catch them but they kept hiding in the plants. but 3-4 days ago they were eating the feeder goldfish i put in there. and the paque seems to be mothering the baby sailfin mollies. they've also been eating through the feeders and going inside them. does this mean they may grow up to be carnivores.

mHeinitz57 07-31-2007 02:14 PM

are the babies from the mollies? Are the babies eating live feeders or just nibbling on dead ones? How big are they? I'm guessing by Paque you mean a Pacu right? Many fish will nibble on dead fish whether or not they are carnivorous or not. Most fish are omnivores meaning they eat meat and vegetation and the molly is one of those fish. However, a fish needs to eat according to its biological needs...not how it was raised. So if they are baby mollies they will need to have a molly diet. Keep in mind that Pacu's are also omnivores and even at that they are mostly herbivorous. I've never heard of a Paque though so maybe you are thinking of a different fish.

fish.breeder 07-31-2007 02:55 PM

yes i meant pacu but they where nibbling on the live ones and it got really weird and yes there molly babies

fish.breeder 07-31-2007 02:58 PM

my pacu has also been mothering them

mHeinitz57 07-31-2007 03:28 PM

well baby fish will often feed off the slime coating on other fish so I don't think its anything out of the ordinary.

fish.breeder 07-31-2007 04:38 PM

ok thanks

bf2king 08-06-2007 08:45 AM

did you say a 20 gallon you know that this would not fit a pacu or a clown knife housed by itself right?

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