Mollies don’t have any parenting habits so parent molly does not protect their Fry Mollies. Even their own mother can eat babies, so they need much care in order to survive.
Female mollies give birth to babies or young ones that are called so “molly fry”. These babies are just like the adult molly but small in size, Tiny version of adult fish. So after birth, these babies need proper care, living space, and special food. So the special care needs things listed below:
- Fish Food
- Small Fishtank setup
- Prevention from diseases
Fry Mollies Food:
Fry Mollies do not require a special diet plan. They can eat that food adult mollies eat but it’s better to provide them food to be crushed in powder form than usual so they can easily eat them.
Because they have a very small mouth. the fry fish mouth is smaller than a grain of food. Meaty food like brine shrimps, glass worms, blood worms, and black worms will allow the fry fishes to grow quickly and become healthier but in chopped form. Feed them branded food to achieve the best growth, size and color patterns in it.
This doesn’t mean that fry mollies are not born with definite colors and shapes but the proper food only enhances the beauty and growth of mollies.
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Tank setup for babies:
As you know now that parent mollies do not care for their babies. Fry fish could not live more life in a big tank with adult mollies because they eat them all in a short period. So for the survival of newly hatched babies, we separate them in a small tank with the same conditions as water parameters, temperature, and food. If you need more fishes in your aquarium after some period of time.
This tank setup is also helped a lot a pregnant molly to survive well in such critical conditions. After birth, we separate that female again in the parent tank.
Another way to save fry mollies can be achieved by providing them space to hide. Add as many as real or artificial plants in the aquarium or tank. Plants having longer leaves that float up to the top of the aquarium are much better in providing space for the fry mollies to hide.
Prevention from diseases:
As you know that air consists of many microorganisms that harm other living organisms. So they also try to enter in water or you can say that some parasites or fungi like microbes are always present in water. Our ultimate goal is to save babies of our fish to grow them into adults.
Babies have less immunity to diseases and environmental changes. We use different chemicals to maintain habitat and keep them safe. One of them is methylene blue. As we know fungus is the main reason for death in mollies
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Fry Molly Grown Up to Adult Mollies
Just after 4 months, fry mollies completely change to adult fish. They do not get specific colors while during this time span they acquire the major color variations and shapes. They can get beautiful colors due to quality food and good habitat.
The maximum size of an adult molly is approximately 6 inches while this size may vary from species to species. The average size of molly fish is about 2 to 4 inches.
Babies usually don’t have bold and specifically defined colors after birth but they will acquire their specific color combinations after reaching their adulthood. The color variations mollies usually have white, black and orange as their three primitive colors and all the other color combination coming out are from these three.