Will Black Skirt Tetras Eat Molly Fry

aquari0jess

Hi! About a month or two ago I set up a tank with 6 black skirt tetras, but before I put the tetras in I did a fish-in cycle with some feeder fish (livebearers: platies & mollies). Most of the feeders died at first as expected, but a few of them survived. Since I didn't expect the feeders to stay alive, I wasn't prepared for taking care of them or doing any specific research. Anyways, my question is: one of the mollies looks pregnant. The 2 mollies are always following each other around and seem like a pair. I'm not completely sure if she is pregnant or not, but if it ends up giving birth, will the black skirt tetras eat the babies? My black skirts are not usually aggressive but can be nippy.
 

ANudibranch

Hello! Welcome to the FishLore! Almost any fish will eat pretty much any fry. They are sort of like what chips are to us but with fry instead of chips. And fish instead of us. Especially some nippy fish will pretty much obliterate any fry. Good luck!
 

aquari0jess

Hello! Welcome to the FishLore! Almost any fish will eat pretty much any fry. They are sort of like what chips are to us but with fry instead of chips. And fish instead of us. Especially some nippy fish will pretty much obliterate any fry. Good luck!
Thank you! Good to know. Is it okay that they eat them? Or should I remove the fry from the tank?
 

ANudibranch

Of course! If you want to breed them you will have to remove the fry. Otherwise it is perfectly fine for them to eat the fry.
 

DuaneV

Every fish will eat any fry if it can fit them in their mouth.
 

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