Male Mollies Going After 1 Female

Discussion in 'Molly' started by Princethepurplebetta, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Princethepurplebetta

    PrincethepurplebettaWell Known MemberMember

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    Hi guys. I have 8 mollies in total (6 female 2 males). I noticed today that both males wont leave 1 female alone. They are only trying to breed with the 1 and ignoring the other 5. Do i need to remove her? Or will she be fine? Is this normal?

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    Substrate - sand
    Plants - live
    Filter - aquaclear
    Temp - 77/78F
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    5 cory cats (lost 1, will be adding another)
    3 octos
     
  2. Fishy McGee

    Fishy McGeeWell Known MemberMember

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    I would move her just for safety purposes. Did you buy them all at once or did you get her more recently?
     
  3. Mcasella

    McasellaFishlore VIPMember

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    If she is getting ready to drop fry the males will harass her for the chance to father the next spawn.
     
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    Princethepurplebetta

    PrincethepurplebettaWell Known MemberMember

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    I bought them all together. Ill move her to my 10gallon tank for now

    She doesnt seem pregnant yet. Shes still fairly slim like the other females. Could they be going after her since shes a little bigger then the others?
     
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  5. AquaticJ

    AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

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    I really wouldn’t worry about, 55 gallons is plenty of space. It’s likely shes not yet pregnant but the others are. Try turning the temp to 74/75.
     
  6. Mcasella

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    Some females do not get very big before giving birth, but she is releasing hormones that are attracting the males - otherwise they wouldn't be so focused on her.
     
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