Molly Fish Tank Mates (Live-bearers):
Live-bearers are also known as the ‘Carp-like American Fish’. Live-bearers have a common ability to give birth to the live fry fishes rather than laying eggs. So, they have the same aggression level and temperaments. And the most important common factor is the absence of their parenting habits. They don’t care for their babies even they can eat their babies. Some live-bearing tank mates I can suggest to keep with your mollies are described as:
- Other Mollies
These are also a good option for tank mates with mollies. They are also smaller in size, but their faster swimming habits make them equally compatible with every activity. Their males have a stick-shapes anal fin which is used for reproduction and have a pointed caudal fin. While the female has a fan-shaped anal fin. The female platys can give birth up to 50 babies at once within a month. Unlike other live-bearers, they usually consume their babies (fry fishes).
This fish is considered as close relative to platys because they are closely related to each other and they even perform cross-breeding. These are narrow fishes which can compete with mollies during the feeding period. Their males also have a smaller size than the females. Males can grow up to 5.5 inches in size while the female can grow up to 6.3 inches.
This is the most popular live-bearing fish. They have most of the things common with mollies so, in my opinion, these are the best option as a tank mate for your molly fish. Unlike every aquatic inhabitant, the male guppies have a usually smaller size than the females. Their males have brighter color variations which can brighten your tank. They are smaller in size but are very active fishes and participate in every activity and fight whether it comes to fight for your food.
This is also a small fish which can usually perform cross-breeding with guppies. Their cross-breed offspring are often named as Endler’s Guppies. Their males have a variety of colors which can brighten your tank while females usually have plain, purer or denser colors like silver. My personal choice is male Endler tank mate just because of their fantastic color variations. They best suit with mollies due to their sizes and same aggression levels.
If you are facing any difficulty in choosing best tank mates for your mollies you can go with other species of mollies. They have a lot of varieties, and different colored inhabitants so they can choose the best one suitable for you. And even you don’t need much search work to find the common things as almost every kind of molly can live well with each other.
Bottom Feeders Tank Mates:
Typically, the bottom feeders proved to be the best tank mates for them. Their main benefit is to search for food at the bottom of the tank while they can also fight with mollies for their food and in result mollies usually stay away from them. Wildlife has a lot of bottom feeders while in aquariums you can only keep a few of them which are as follows:
They are a fun additive to the aquariums. They can help in keeping your aquariums clean. They are known by algae eaters and also eat the food left over in the tanks. But mollies can eat young shrimps if they have enough space to hide. While the number of shrimps can be multiplied in just a few months. I suggest keeping some bright colored shrimps as this can also add more color variations and scenic view to your tank. No doubt shrimps are fun to add but you should also change the tank’s water and cleaning regularly. They can’t do miracles in cleaning every type of harmful particles from the water.
They are also a great addition in your tank. They are harmless as they have their protective shell which can protect them from mollies. Adding too many snails are also not beneficial, add a few beautiful of them. They also eat leftover food and water wastes collected at the bottom and are great algae eaters.
These are bottom feeder fishes. They move very slowly or even mostly stay still. They also eat leftover foods at the bottom of the tank. They are very easy to keep and are very peaceful, entertaining and active. They can sometimes even go to the upper surface of the water.
Tip: Never overcrowd your tank with the fishes as this can cause a lot of health issues and can also affect your aquarium’s environment.
Molly Fish Tank Mates (Non-Live-bearers):
Mollies can also live with the tank mates other than live-bearers. Some of them are:
If you wanted to keep some small-sized and agile tank mates for your mollies, then minnow fishes can be best. These are saltwater or freshwater fishes existing in a lot of different varieties.
These fishes a lot of varieties having slight variations in aggression levels from different kinds. They also exist in different sizes and can grow as much as 6 inches. So, if you are keeping them with mollies choose wisely the type of gourami fish according to the size of the tank and aggression level of other tank mates.
As the name expresses, they are considered angels of aquatic life due to their unique shape, color variations, and behavior. These are the most common freshwater fishes which are kept in warmer water. So, they might also live with the mollies well and even a great addition to the tank.
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Most of the people think betta fish can’t be kept with any other fish due to their higher aggression levels. While the female betta fish are very calmer and even enjoy living in groups otherwise gets depressed due to loneliness. So, they might prove to be the best tank mates with mollies.
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