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Old 01-16-2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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Help breed molly

Attached here is a new 30 gallon I've set up recently with a group if molly's in it. Sorry if you can't see them (cell phone picture). One male and three females. I've been waiting for them to breed, but it seems like my male isn't interested in the least with them, which is weird as in my other 30 gallon, horus won't STOP lol.
Is there anything I can do to encourage him to breed? Tank is 76 deg, 0 ammonia and nitrite, nitrate <10, ph is 8.2. I would blame it on the ph but again, my other tank has nearly identical parameters, but a slightly higher ph (8.4) and both guppys and mollys breed like no I tomorrow. Hope the picture of them isn't too bad. (you wouldn't believe how hard it is to snap a picture of a moving fish lol, especially the male, whom is the one in the last picture)

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Old 01-16-2012, 01:34 AM   #2
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The fish in your last picture is a platy. Thats why he doesn't want to mate with female mollies.
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That makes sense...you sure? I'm staring at him now.
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Haha! Ignore this post, I'm an idiot. I thought he was awfully triangular for a molly! His mouth is quite a bit smaller than my other molly's too...darn it.
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Relatively sure. I have never seen a molly with the mickey mouse pattern. Also, platies are a bit shorter in body and a bit rounder. Your picture is a little blurry (getting pictures of moving fish is sooooo hard) so I recommend googling blue mickey mouse platy to look at pictures and see what you think.
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Haha! Ignore this post, I'm an idiot. I thought he was awfully triangular for a molly! His mouth is quite a bit smaller than my other molly's too...darn it.
Lol, you ninja posted! Can you trade him in for a molly?
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I'm pretty quick lol <('-'<) (>'-')>
Lfs doesn't do returns on live animals, but hopefully I can get my friend to convince him to since my fiend used to help him identify some species he got in stock >.<
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Moral of the story, even after caring got molly's for a year, it's still possible to make a mistake...
Sorry for the relative emptiness of the tank, I'm creating more floating plants when the newest batch I bought get in
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No worries. It happens to the best of us. I hope you can get a boy molly for those lovely girls.
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No worries. It happens to the best of us. I hope you can get a boy molly for those lovely girls.
I thought that for a while, and for heidi and bast (the silver and black/tan girls respectively) that hold true. Sully, the gold one? Lovely is far from true...she eats first and that's that! Whew she took over the pecking order lol
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