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Old 04-16-2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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Mollies will eat their young!

I have read in countless places that mollies won't eat their young or the fry of other mollies, but from my experience that is completely untrue.

I have a quaranteen tank, that I put 5 new mollies in and just checked again today and saw two fry swimming around. Scooped them out and have them in a small 2 gal. From the other time my mollies have had fry, they have never had under 20 fry at a time. I have some hiding places in the QT tank but only have two fry left....so the others must have gotten eaten.
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have some hiding places in the QT tank but only have two fry left....so the others must have gotten eaten.
ok i dont understand lol. are u saying they do or dont? becasue they definatly do. i have sat there and watched my mollies and guppies just demolish a whole new batch of fry. they are hardly out before they are trying to eat them.
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I don't think I worded that wrong, but could have. If only 2 out of 20 made it, and probably only because I caught them in time, that means they definitely eat their young. Plus as well I have seen the mother chase after and chomp on her own fry....just not this time. This time I'm using my vastly advanced power of deduction.
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lol sorry i just cant read. i saw words that wernt there lol. where did u see an article that said they wont? becasue that is definatly untrue. just get lots of javamoss and other dense plants for the fry to hide in if u really want to keep them. i havent been very succesful with mollies breeding becasue i dont use salt in my tank. hope u manage to catch lots more though
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IME mollies will eat their young rather quickly after birth.
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Ya, I'm trying to grow a lot of gava moss in my main tank, I didn't even know that one of the new ones were pregnant and I put in the QT tank, then the next day saw two swimming around. Any new fry in my one tank have a good chance to live as there is a seperator they can swim through and some java moss to hide in.

I've read it a couple places that mollies aren't likely to eat their young, if I come across them again, I'll post the links.
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they definitely do eat their fry I only found 5 in my tank today in a tank taht has 4 mollies and 2 corys.
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Just as a note, I had about a week and a 1/2 year old fry that ventured through the seperator and lived fine with the adult mollies for about 4-5 days, then got eaten. So even at that stage it could be too young to keep them together.
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