Sailfin Molly Food/adult Size Question

Discussion in 'Molly' started by ericabelle, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. ericabelleNew MemberMember

    Hello! I've got a male sailfin molly with some white cloud minnows in my Q tank right now, and I've got just a couple questions:
    How large will a male sailfin ultimately grow? (He'll be in a 75 gallon tank after quarantine.)
    Can I feed him sheets of marine algae as his primary food?
    You see, he'll be in a tank with a dozen long finned danios after I move him; and they are very aggressive eaters! I want him to get enough food, so I was wondering about the sheets of marine algae. I don't THINK the danios will eat that, but they will eat just about anything I guess!
    Thanks for your help!
  2. Fish tankValued MemberMember

    He can get from 3 to 6 inches and I feed mine alge wafers but if that doesn't work feed him bloodworms

  3. ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

    Do you know what type of sailfin? Most males will get at least 4 inches with some rare species nearly twice that. But they all have on thing in comon: they are aggressive eaters.

    Expect him to try and be an alpha dog at feeding and some algea, as well as some periodic veggies like shelled peas, cucumbers and zucchini slices. But they also need high protein flakes or pellets.

    I truly doubt you will have a problem... But just watch how he eats.

  4. Sarcasm IncludedWell Known MemberMember

    Mollies rarely loose out to other fish when it comes to eating.
    What species/ color form is he?
  5. ericabelleNew MemberMember

    It looks like he is a creamsicle sailfin molly, and he has a bit of a lyretail, although it's not as exaggerated as the lyretail photos I've seen on the internet. Right now he's around 2.5 inches.
    That's good that they are aggressive eaters - he's definitely a more aggressive eater than the minnows. Once he learns the ropes, I bet he'll be able to hold his own against those crazy danios! I really like his personality -he seems really smart! I can't believe I've never had a molly before, but better late than never.
  6. ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

    LOL he will probably just push them out of the way. Mollies are a lot like horses... And male Mollies are very much like a stallion... Always push to be alpha male.
  7. Redshark1Fishlore VIPMember

    This is interesting as I've never kept them either and I've kept lots of the available fish. I think I'll be researching now.
  8. ericabelleNew MemberMember

    ashenwelt: I've been thinking of getting a couple more males after I add him to the 75 gallon tank. Have you ever kept just a few males before? I have read mixed reviews about it. My husband got a dalmation sailfin molly for his 30 gallon tank, and I can tell his is much more aggressive than mine. Maybe it's a matter of the personalities working out?

    Redshark1: Yeah I've just had this one a few days, but he looks outside the tank, kind of like a betta, to see what's going on. That seems really smart. Plus, they eat algae!!! Mine will go into a plated tank, and supposedly they eat algae without bothering the plants.
  9. ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

    My rule of thumb is always get at least 3 males when doing live-bearers... its spreads the dominance games around. And just as an FYI... Mollies WILL eat plants. I always went for fast growers like water sprite and anacharis with them. They would rather eat other things... they need lots of protein to be healthy.

    Love mollies...
  10. ericabelleNew MemberMember

    Oh no! Do they eat all kinds of plants or just the fine leaved ones? I have java fern, anubias, crypts, hairgrass, pennywort, to name a few. So not too many fast growing plants.
  11. ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

    All depends on the Molly. Just watch.

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