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Why Does My Molly Keep Laying On Its Side?

When the swim bladder malfunctions, the fish has trouble maintaining his level in the water and can sink to the bottom of the tank or be stuck near the top. The abnormal ballast can cause the fish to turn sidewise and swim on his side, or even roll entirely upside down.

How can you tell if a molly fish is sleeping?

Signs that your fish are sleeping include:

Why is my fish laying on its side?

Symptoms of Swim Bladder Disorder Fish suffering from swim bladder disorder exhibit a variety of symptoms that primarily involve buoyancy,1 including sinking to the bottom or floating at the top of the tank, floating upside down or on their sides, or struggling to maintain a normal position.

How do you know when your molly fish is about to give birth?

The Eyes of the Fry and Signs of Impending Birth To accommodate the developing eggs, the mother’s body expands, becoming deeper and broader. A few days before delivery, she develops a bulge below the gills, her outline becoming fairly square in this region, while the gravid spot has enlarged its area.

Where do baby mollies hide?

Mollies need places to hide from other bully fish. The timid fish gets pushed around a lot by other fish in the tank. So there have to be ample hiding places in the tank for the molly to hide and feel secure. The more decorations and plants you have in your aquarium, the safer the molly will feel.

What does a Molly Fry look like?

Molly fries can be any color they want to be. Normally, they are close to the colors of the parents. Fries are dark grey but as they are growing and getting older, they will start changing color. And, before you know it, you have a colorful tank full of mollies.

When can you put Molly Fry in main tank?

At about 2 weeks, molly juveniles are large enough to not be mistaken for food anymore and you can release them into the main tank or you can set up their own aquarium.

Do mollies eat their own babies?

Mollies definitely eat their babies. Sometimes, they tend to be very nippy eaters. However, mollies feed on almost everything that fits into their mouth, including their babies.

What is the lifespan of molly fish?

around three to five years

Do mollies die easily?

Overfeeding causes mollies to produce a lot of waste, more than you’re removing with weekly water changes. With waste products accumulating and oxygen levels dropping, fish become ill and eventually die off.

How many babies does a Molly have?

Gestation and Birth They can give birth to between 40 and 100 fry. Mollies that are young or are having one of their first few pregnancies will tend to give birth to a smaller rather than larger number of fry. When a molly female is near her time to give birth, you will need to separate her from the rest of the tank.

How do you feed baby mollies?

Baby mollies can eat your regular fish flakes, crushed finely. Live baby brine shrimp are also a popular baby food. Do not overfeed them. In about eight weeks your baby mollies should be large enough to go into the tank with the other fish.

Can baby mollies live without a filter?

Can baby mollies live without a filter? Coradee. Yes they do need a heater & filter, a sponge filter is good as there’s no danger of them getting sucked in. You can feed them whatever you feed the adults, just crush it small enough for their tiny mouths.