Are Mollies Good Feeder Fish, And Should You Breed Them?

Last Updated on June 27, 2022 by cmoarz

Mollies have been used as feeder fish for other aquarium fish and some reptiles for many years. They are a good source of food for larger fish, and their small size makes them easy to care for. Their fry is great live food for much smaller fish and the adults are often used to supplement the diet of larger fish.

What makes mollies so great at being feeder fish?

Mollies are often used as feeder fish. There are a number of reasons why mollies make great feeder fish.

First, they are relatively easy to care for and do not require a lot of special attention.

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Secondly, they are relatively cheap to purchase.

Third, they breed quickly and easily, which means that there is a constant supply of them.

Finally, mollies are not particularly picky eaters and will consume a wide variety of food items. As a result, they make an ideal choice for those who are looking for affordable and easy-to-care-for feeder fish.

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They are packed with nutrients

While a strict diet of live fish isn’t always ideal for every fish species, mollies are certainly up there in quality.

Mollies are packed with nutrients that other fish need in order to stay healthy. In particular, they are a good source of protein and fat. As a result, they make an excellent choice for those who are looking for a nutritious food source for their fish or reptiles.

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Breeding them for yourself or to sell is easy!

Breeding mollies at home is super simple, and it doesn’t require a lot of specialized equipment. All you need is a tank, some plants, and some basic knowledge of fish care.

If you’re looking to make a bit of extra money, breeding mollies can be a great way to do it. They are easy to breed and sell, and there is always a market for them.

If you just need them for your own aquarium, then you can easily keep a small breeding colony going without too much effort.

Mollies are great feeder fish, and they have a lot to offer those who are looking for an easy-to-care-for and affordable food source. If you’re thinking about adding them to your aquarium, be sure to do some research first to make sure that they are the right fit for you.

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Molly breeding cycle

The breeding cycle of a molly is relatively straightforward. The fish will reach sexual maturity at around 8 weeks of age, at which point they will begin to actively seek out mates.

Mollies don’t lay eggs like most other fish. Instead, they give live birth to their young.

A single molly can give birth to anywhere from 30-100 fry at a time after about 60 days. This cycle will continue for 5 or 6 more times over the next 6 weeks.

The speed and numbers at which mollies breed can be both a good and bad thing. On the one hand, it’s great because it means that there is a constant supply of them.

On the other hand, it can be difficult to keep up with the demand if you’re not selling or using all of the fry. So that’s something to keep in mind.

But the speed is also the reason they make such good live feeder stock.

These live fry can be used right away as feeders for very small fish or reptiles.

They can be grown to a larger size to accommodate larger fish, or they can be sold to other aquarium enthusiasts.


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