im planning to get some black mollies but i am stuck. i want to have the experience of keeping fry, but i was wondering is it hard to deal with fry when the fish keep on having fry all the time? because i see people loving mollies but aren't they stressed with all the births? do mollies really give birth every month of their lives? if your molly would give birth how many fry would survive after the 3 other mollies eat the fry. im going crazy thinking what to do!!
- i don't want only females because 3 females are likely to be pregnant and all fish will give a whole bunch of fry im not ready for.
-i don't want all males because then no fry at all to grow.
would owning one male and two female black mollies give birth to much fry or would i be able to handle and enjoy a controlled amount
i really want to own these lovely fish and experience the growth of a few fry, so please help.
You really don't have to worry about having too much fry. The main reason being.. other fish eat the new born baby fry. Molly fish, swordtails, gouramis, and so forth will eat your baby fry. The newborns are so small that you will have trouble even seeing them with your eyes. You may have some babies that do survive but you can keep those as pets.
Another truthful matter to realize is the lifespan of these small fish. A couple of years is a long life for these fish. They are just so small and their organs are small as well. Giving birth all the time almost seems like a blessing because sometimes they just don't live that long. They are awesome fish and don't take me wrong on the fact that they can't live for a long time.. Just something to be aware of. I find a lot of people complaining that their molly fish die after a year and a half.. and I have to break the news to them of their average lifespan.
If you want to give your new baby fry a better chance of surviving, just HEAVILY DECORATE your tank so they hide in lots of spots. If they are hiding.. chances are other fish that might eat them just cant find them or see them. REMOVE THE FRY ASAP if you want them to live. Keep them in a separate tank so they don't get eaten.
I'll give you a rough idea on my tanks in which I don't remove the new born fry just because I don't have room for anymore fish. I would say a 20 gallon aquarium with 3-5 molly fish.. I rarely have a baby survive but they are also pretty lightly decorated. I think the last one I had survive was 9 months ago. So you really don't have to worry too much about being "over populated" with fry. haha.