Overly Aggressive Female Balloon Molly

Discussion in 'Molly' started by pvnking, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. pvnkingNew MemberMember

    Hey guys! So I currently have a 20g tank with 1 Female Balloon Molly, 1 Female Marbled Molly, a Betta, 3 Ghost Shrimp and 2 African Dwarf Frogs. My tank is pretty well planted with plenty of hiding spots but I've still noticed that my female balloon molly will still go way out of her way to try to attack my Dalmatian molly. She constantly chases her all day back and forth throughout the tank and even lunges at her at full speed. Luckily my Dalmatian molly is much faster then her. I've tried separating them before by putting my balloon in a 10g to "calm down" for a few days. Odd thing is, whenever I add her back to the tank they both act like best friends?? It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen with mollys. Like for a few days after adding her back into the tank they'll swim with each other, sleep in the same decoration and even rub on each other kind of like they're cuddling. But then sure enough my balloon molly will start acting aggressive again. I've thought about getting rid of her but I got both of them together and I've had them for about 8 months now and I'd be really sad if I had to get rid of her at this point. Weird enough they're like kids to me haha. Any advice guys? I'll also include some pics so you can see them!!




  2. Tyler FishmanValued MemberMember

    Fish cannot recognize each other, when you seperate them they reset and have to sort out the dominace process all ovee again, everytime you add back the other female, the dalmation is dominant, however you should always keep livebearers in a group of one male to three females adding more fish may sound problematic but it works, you will end up with some aggression at first which is normal, females are very agressive and often squabble, though aggression like this rarely happens in groups, did you buy these mollies together or separate?
  3. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    9/10 molly aggression is due to space, the fish feels cramped :)
  4. pvnkingNew MemberMember

    I actually had them in a group of 3 females and 1 male molly! Just recently tho I lost both of them (on separate occasions). And I bought them together from the same tank!
  5. Tyler FishmanValued MemberMember

    I conquer with the previos comment, perhaps your fish is best left alone

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