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Male black molly abusive
My male black molly is chasing both my females and scratching them. They both have many cuts on them and they are hiding. Should I separate the male in a breeder container? Its urgent.
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While your mollies may be doing nothing more than mating, it is hard to tell without tank details. Other possibilities may be overcrowding, uncycled tank or any number of other scenarios.
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20 Gallon, 2 tetras, 1 Male Molly, 2 Female Molly's, 3 Green Cory cats and one Large sized pleco. Thanks.. One looks pregnant... Is this normal for them to have so many cuts? Will they heal? Should I put any meds in the tank to help the healing?
I have seen this behavior when I had my mollies. That is why you need to have either all males or all females. Are their three mollies in their, one male to two females?
This is very aggressive behavior if the females are wounded. Definitely put the male in a breeding container or find him another home, for the behavior will not stop. If I were you, I wouldn't allow him to swim freely in the tank with the females, I would get another female and perminately remove him, or put a tank divider with the male on one side and the females on the other, just don't keep him in that breeder container for too long or he'll get depressed. Anyways, good luck
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When there's a fish that's giving you trouble, you definitely want to isolate it. I would see if you can swap it for another, hopefully less aggressive male. If your tank is not cycled, then I would just give it up and worry about getting another after the tank has completed the cycle.
If you have a breeder container, and you think the situation is that dire, I would at least separate him temporarily until some more experienced members can offer advice.
I have merged your two threads. Please use one thread for a topic. Thanks.
You'll want to keep up on water changes to make sure the females heal well. If the water quality is poor, injuries that would otherwise heal on their own can get infected, and then a very simple situation becomes much more complicated.
I agree with Jaysee, water quality is key. Do you have a test kit?