My new fish is mating with everything...

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My new fish is mating with everything...

Postby cause121 » 2008-08-11 02:01

I just added this new fish (A black&white Marble Molly) to my fish community yesterday, however within 5 minutes of his addition he started mating with every other fish boy or girl, he was focused on a little tattoo balloon molly we have at first but then he started after everything else, to include our male catfish! He's been doing it non-stop for over a day now and I am just starting to worry that he might either hurt another of my fish or stress them out. I am also curious to know if when he mates with a different type of molly can they get pregnant since he is a different type? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: My new fish is mating with everything...

Postby KittyKat » 2008-08-11 10:18

Welcome to the forum :)

Firstly livebearers are hormones with fins - so behavior not surprising at all!

He's probably not going to hurt them, but if they aren't prepared to stand up to him, some of the fish may get stressed out. Best way around this is to have about 2-3 females per male for all the Mollies you have.

90% of Mollies you are likely to come across at any fish shop will be all the same species or "type" of hybrid. Balloon Mollies are as normal, but have been selectively inbred for the body shape. So yes, if you have a normal Molly and a balloon Molly, they will breed. On the other hand, usually Mollies like sailfin are a different species to the "normal" ones, but even so they will probably breed with the normal Mollies to produce fertile offspring as most Molly species are very closely related.

Any more questions, just ask!
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Re: My new fish is mating with everything...

Postby cause121 » 2008-08-12 01:31

Thank you for the help, I brought him back to the store and exchanged him for a female marble molly. They all seem to get along fine now, Thanks again.
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Re: My new fish is mating with everything...

Postby KittyKat » 2008-08-12 06:56

Not a problem :) would be great to see some photos of your tank! ;)

PS Be ready for baby Mollies!
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Re: My new fish is mating with everything...

Postby dekker » 2008-08-12 13:23

hi cause :)

welcome to the forums enjoy your stay :)




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