Mollies definitely eat their babies. Sometimes, they tend to be very nippy eaters. However, mollies feed on almost everything that fits into their mouth, including their babies.
How do I stop my fish from eating their babies?
The most effective way to prevent guppies from eating their babies is to separate the female before birth. Either use a breeding box in the tank or move the female to another tank just before she gives birth. Another way is to keep live plants in the tank. They will offer hiding places to the fry.
Why do molly fish eat their own babies?
It is because the mollies are very nippy and tend to become very aggressive eater. They will eat almost anything that fits in their mouth. The new born babies are very small just about the size of a pellet food which is why molly are seen eating their own babies after giving birth.
What do you do when a molly fish has babies?
After the pregnant female has released all of her fry, remove the female and return her to the main display aquarium. The fry should be fed a quality food, such as baby brine shrimp, baby fish food, or quality flake food ground into a fine powder. Feed the fry small amounts several times a day.
How long should baby mollies separate?
By enlarge Mollies dont worry their fry too much but to be on the safe side I would keep them seperate until they reach about 3/4 – 1 inch in size.
Will baby fish survive in my tank?
It is possible to raise baby fish in your main tank, but generally, few will survive this. Larger fish will see them as tasty snacks and even vegetarian fish may be tempted. They can also suffer injuries from being chased and bullied.
How long do baby fish need to be separated?
Baby fish stay with their parents for about four to five weeks only. First of all, after hatching, they got separated from their parents but after that, they should be left with them in the same aquarium. You should not keep the baby fish with parents until they are big enough not to come in the mouth of an adult fish.
Do Mollies give birth at night?
Yes, most of the time, mollies do give birth at night.
Will Molly fry survive in main tank?
Just keep the tank heavy in hiding stops for the little fry and they should be fine. Also crush up the flakes or whatever you feed them nice and small for them. They should be fine.
How do I know if my mollies are mating?
Usually, a female goes vertical when she agrees to mate but I have noticed that the male mollies continue to chase the ones who are swimming away from them. Even if a female swims slowly it’s also the sign that she is agreeing to mate and allowing the male to chase her easily.
How do you keep baby mollies alive?
Depending on the number of molly babies, set up a tank between 10 and 20 gallons. Add a fry-safe filter system to keep the water clean in addition to performing regular water changes. Add some plants to the tank too such as java ferns and grasses.
How long does it take for baby mollies to get their color?
It takes 4 months for livebearers fry (babies) to reach adulthood. To answer your question, it depends. Every fish is different in their own way. Usually it’s after 1 month color is shown, but there has been cases of fry showing color within the first two weeks of being born.
How fast do baby mollies grow?
When fed well with nutritious powdered food, mollies grow rapidly. Within no more than 3 or 4 months, they can hit full size.
Should you separate baby fish?
Fish who were born via live birth traditionally are better off being separated from their parents. Create a good home for the fry. Young fish are more susceptible to infection and disease than adult fish, so take extra care to make sure that their tanks are properly maintained.
Where do baby mollies hide?
Molly fry are very visible and will hide at the top of tank if there is something for them to hide in. I always find more as time goes on because they are quite illusive their first several weeks of life.
Do Mollies give birth all at once?
Mollies give birth to live babies. They are very easy to breed for the most part, and a single female molly fish can produce over a hundred baby mollies at one time.