Animal Stories - Mollies

Animal-World Information about: Mollies

   The colorful active Molly, Short-finned Molly, Sailfin Molly, or Mexican Sailfin Molly has long held the position of being a most popular fish because it is peaceful, relatively hardy, inexpensive, and readily bred!
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Tammy - 2011-10-30
Is it "natural" for a lyre tale molly to have his back tail in more of a "closed" position? My other mollys haven't done that.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-30
    When you state 'closed' position, what exactly are you referring to?
mary - 2011-09-22
My platy looks like she will burst. Her scales are actually sticking out and not laying down, she is so pregnant. Is it possible she can't get babies out? She now sits on bottom of tank and wouldn't move if it wasn't for my cleaner fish bothering her. She is so big she hasn't gone to the top to eat now for 2 feedings. Is she o.k? Should I do anything to help her or will that stress her out more?

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  • Kelley Hutchison - 2011-10-14
    Mary, I'm a beginner as far as fish keeping but your description makes me wonder if she had contracted dropsy. Please update and let us know how she is doing!
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-15
    From the description, your platy sounds as if she has a common aquarium disease called, dropsy. Symptoms of dropsy include protruding scales, unwilling to eat, and lying at the bottom of an aquarium. If I am correct, you should begin treatment as soon as possible. Treatment could include using the following medicines including but not limited to: API™ MelaFix® Antibacterial Fish Remedy, and Maracyn Plus Biospheres AntiBacteria Therapy from Mardel. These can be purchased at many local fish stores like PetSmart, or Petco, and possibly Walmart.
Katie - 2011-06-06
This is more of a question than a comment... I have just recently gotten an albino molly and I had decided to pair it with an albino cory... They seemed to get along at first but just today I noticed the cory had what looked like an injury on his head. It doesn't look too bad and he seems ok otherwise but I separated them immediately. Would a molly hurt a cory like that? I read up on both of them and it seemed like they would be alright, but I am a beginner. I'm keeping them apart in any case I think. Is it ok to have a cory alone? Hope there are some answers. --thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Both the cory and the molly are supposed to be good community fish. They should get along without problems. I have included an article on Fish Diseases and Treaments just in case there is a possible disease (fungus) going on. Good luck and let us know. OK?
Bret - 2009-08-22
I have 2 Sunbrst Lyretail Mollies with a dragonfish, a Pleco(stomus), a pictus catfish, and a skirt fish! they are all getting along and are very cool!

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  • colleen - 2011-04-19
    I've got mollys but my gold is turning white. Is that normal?
paul - 2011-02-07
We are having an issue with our mollies dying and are not sure why. We have 2 black mollies and a silver that we have had from the beginning that are alive and doing well. We have lost 1 silver molly, 1 dalmation, 2 plecostimus, and 1 guppy. Any suggestions?

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  • Brody L - 2011-04-05
    Hi paul,
    Here are some things you might want to check:
    water quality
    pH, dH, temperature
    some of your mollies may be aggressive and are killing the other fish
    I hope this helped you a bit.
molly - 2011-04-01
my name is molly and i got a fish named molly

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  • Anonymous - 2011-04-01
    Dr. Jungle would say, 'Why did Molly get a Molly named Molly?'. The more Mollies the Merrier!
Dyanne - 2010-09-05
Hi, I have 2 silver mollies and the male only wants to mate with one female molly. Why? Also I had a beautiful black gold fish in the tank and my dalmation female mollies killed him by nipping his scales, why is this?

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  • Peter - 2010-10-05
    Probably a couple of rug munchers!
  • purushrut - 2010-12-31
    Hi Dyanne you had mentioned that you have 2 molly you meant to say 1 would be a male & another would be a female. In this case the male would mate the female only. Some mollys are aggressive. They even kill each other by nipping their fins. Molly stays properly with gold fish very often. I have been keeping for the last 3 yrs. I have kept at least 8-9 batches and in all the batches there were 12-25 molly's. Now I have 7 guppies, 2 platy, 2 sword tail, 15 molly in an 2-1-1ft tank. They are very happy. purushrut
  • Nerubian - 2011-03-25
    Well as mollys are semi aggressive fish and goldfish are peaceful the mollies pick on them biting off their fins and sometimes the scales. Losing of the scale will cause any fish to die even tough fishes.
steve - 2011-03-14
My mollie had a bunch of babies in a breeder and a lot of them are laying on the bottom are they dead and if so do I need to get the ones that are alive out of the breeder, she had them this morning?

bill - 2009-02-22
I have 2 dalmation mollies. From what I can tell, one female and one male. I got a silver molly, but the female dalmation chased it, and killed it. Both when I got them were a silver/tan with black spots. Now the male has turned almost fully black with some blue, green, gold scales, and his tail has turned from white to a dark orange, almost amber. The female looks like she is getting a little big, I was wondering how long a gestation period for the females takes.

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  • purushrut - 2010-12-30
    Males have a gonopodium. It looks like a pencil but in most males it appears long. If your female always kills your's m/f molly then before adding a new molly in tank you better let your new molly (inside the plastic bag) float inside your tank and then feed your's molly's in the tank. After 10-20 minutes open the plastic bag and feed them in the bag (keep the bag open during they eat) after they eat take an net in your hand & pour bag water in the net & ensure your fishes do not fall on the floor (do not pour bag water in the tank bcos in the fish shop there is always diseases in the water if you want your's fish to get disease then pour the bag water inside your tank) if you want to contact me then type
dawn - 2010-11-30
I have four sailfin mollies. 2 dalmation and 2 gold, my male gold is not doing well. I really hope you can help. For the last week he has been swimming at an angle and he uses his body to swim instead of his fins, his body moves from left to right to swim. I am really concerned. I don't know what to do?