What Gender Are My Mollies

SophieGreenTerrace

Member
Can anyone help to sex my mollies? 2 of them are very friendly and I'm really not ready to breed!
Sorry for the terrible quality photos, they don't really "pose"!

Thank you!

 

Giul

Member
It’s hard to tell from the pictures but they both appear male. My orange platy is a female and you can tell by the orange fan shaped analfin, meanwhile my black molly’s analfin is more thin and straight
 
  • Thread Starter

SophieGreenTerrace

Member
Oh I see, the dalmatian is a bit fanned, though not so much as yours. Would being nosed around that area point towards it being female?
 

Princethepurplebetta

Member
The all white molly is male, the dalmation is female. If you don't want breeding id rehome or separate the dalmation.
 
  • Thread Starter

SophieGreenTerrace

Member
Oh dear, that's what I was afraid of. How do you all deal with fry, I heard you have to remove them before the adults eat them? Will the pet shop take them to sell?
 

Princethepurplebetta

Member
SophieGreenTerrace said:
Oh dear, that's what I was afraid of. How do you all deal with fry, I heard you have to remove them before the adults eat them? Will the pet shop take them to sell?
I usually separate the fry into a cycled tank, and then sell them to my lfs. Maybe call your lfs and see if they take fry?

If your going to keep the 2 adult mollies you will want to add 1 or 2 more females so your male doesn't pester the dalmation too much. He could potentially stress her out to death.
 
  • Thread Starter

SophieGreenTerrace

Member
Oh no, poor girl! Maybe I would be better to rehome her. What about this one?
 

Princethepurplebetta

Member
Pretty sure that ones a female too
 
  • Thread Starter

SophieGreenTerrace

Member
So one male with 2 females isn't so bad? I don't want to get rid of any of them
 

Princethepurplebetta

Member
SophieGreenTerrace said:
So one male with 2 females isn't so bad? I don't want to get rid of any of them
Its not to bad if anything maybe add 1 more female. But they should be ok
 

Giul

Member
From the second picture the Dalmatian looks female and the last one appears female as well. The group should be okay just prepare for fry
 

Coptapia

Member

Stoka

Member
Mollies, platys, guppies. I only keep males. Otherwise way too many fish. Unless your LFS will buy or trade for them.
 
  • Thread Starter

SophieGreenTerrace

Member
Thank you all, I guess I assumed the pet shop would keep males and females separate, I should've specified I only wanted males.
I didn't even know one wasn't a molly, you can tell I'm new! Will she be happy with those fish, or should she be with other sword tails?
How often will the mollies breed? I'll speak to my lfs and see what I can do
 

Stoka

Member
Most livebearers will get along with one another fairly well. They will also drop babies about once a month.
 

Coptapia

Member
They can’t interbreed.
 
  • Thread Starter

SophieGreenTerrace

Member
Stoka said:
Mollies, platys, guppies. I only keep males. Otherwise way too many fish. Unless your LFS will buy or trade for them.
Is there a reason why it's males you keep? Could I have a tank of only females?
 

Stoka

Member
It’s just easier. Females are always pregnant and can store sperm for months and have brood after brood even with no males present. That’s a lot of catching and removing fry.
 

Most photos, videos and links are disabled if you are not logged in.

Log in or register to view

Top Bottom