how much should I feed my molly fish?

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6 years ago #1
melis_383
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I was just reading other posts and it seems that overfeeding is worse than underfeeding so now I'm wondering just how much I should be feeding my fish. I have 7 baby mollies and am unsure of how much to feed them. Right now I am giving them tropical fish flakes, is this even the right food?
Melissa

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6 years ago #2
johnarthur
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If they're really small, you may want to grind the flake food between your fingers. They will benefit from frozen baby brine shrimp (well thawed) once or twice a day. Fry can eat several times a day, but lots of the food will settle to the bottom and need to be removed. A turkey baster does a good job. In a few weeks, the fry will be big enough to go on an adult diet.

When the fish are adults, it's very important to avoid over feeding. They should eat all the offered food within a couple of minutes. As previously posted, I like to feed a good flake food in the morning and frozen adult brine shrimp in the evening. Of course, that's not the only schedule; it just happens to be the one that works in my aquariums.

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6 years ago #3
melis_383
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I'm not sure how big they are when you can classify them as adults. Mine are between half and inch and an inch long now but the person that gave them to me told me flakes was fine and thats all they've ever been given. Are they big enough now to be completly on the adult food or should they still be fed multiple times a day for a bit longer?
Sorry for all the beginner questions, I really appreciate your help in all of this.
Melissa

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6 years ago #4
dkpate
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I think they are big enough to eat flakes. Even with my adult fish, I still grind it up between my fingers. If you are having a problem with them not eating it all, I would feed less food, twice a day. Like maybe one pinch in the morning and one in the evening, instead of 3 pinches once a day.

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6 years ago #5
melis_383
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Well since I received them I've been doing one pinch in the morning and one in the evening, grinding them up each time and the fish are eating like crazy when it hits the water. Unfortunatly a lot ends up on the bottom of the tank so I must still be giving them too much.

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6 years ago #6
dkpate
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Yeah, I would feed a smaller pinch twice a day. Believe it or not, fish can go a long time without food! Bettas can go a month, although it is not recommended lol.
If you have a bunch of food on the bottom, I would do a vacuum, you will still have bacteria forming in your filter media and on your decor, so it won't contribute to the ammonia problem. You could even start with just vacuuming half the bottom one day, and the other side the next day. You will be suprised at how much food can get stuck down there! And as far as my fish go, only the loaches will get food off the bottom, the rest don't.

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6 years ago #7
johnarthur
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The frozen foods on the market can help provide a healthy variety and promote growth. Some aquarists even raise cultures of live food.

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6 years ago #8
melis_383
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I'm going to go and get some frozen foods this week and also a vacuum which I was told I wouldn't need for a small tank. After receiving so much bad advice its getting confusing to straighten out what is really needed and what you can work around. I don't have much money and want to get my tank clean. Is there any other way of cleaning the rocks without haveing to buy a vacuum?

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6 years ago #9
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A small aquarium needs more careful maintenance than a large one, because a small amount of toxin represents a relatively large percentage of the water volume. In a larger aquarium, the toxin is more diluted.

For cleaning the aquarium, pet shops sell an inexpensive syphon arrangement that consists of a long clear tube connected to a short one with a large diameter. The large diameter, pickup end makes it easy to start a syphon, and it lets you clean a gravel substrate without sucking out the gravel. You will also need a clean bucket that has never been exposed to soap, etc. Once your aquarium is cycled and has a good biological balance, the weekly partial water changes should take only a few minutes.

If you're low on money, the frozen foods are not essential. They're a nice addition to the fish's diet, but so are other dry foods.

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6 years ago #10
melis_383
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sounds good, I'll have to go pick up a syphon hose and clean my rocks, it should be an adventure. I do see what you mean about the small amount making a much larger impact.
Thanks again!

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4 years ago #11
meetamol
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4 years ago #12
Fisherwoman
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Thank you

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4 years ago #13
aakash
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hai sir
my name is aakash
i have molly fish i need that what kind of food did molly fish and shark eat and they are not happy

thanking you

by loveable


aakash

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3 years ago #14
Karie1957
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a shark should live alone!

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3 years ago #15
crimsondoom98
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Ive got a wide variety of foods so i can mix it up. I start with the fish flakes in the beginning of the day and later on i add either an allgey pellet or some brine shrimp. They love it! Happy healthy fish make a happy owner!

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2 years ago #16
Ross
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Are there any foods Molly's will not eat that cichlid will?!

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2 years ago #17
Cindy Robinson
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I was watching a video the other day on baby mollies and what to feed them. I can't find his video, but I found you. One of the things he suggested was putting a few pieces of celery in water and letting it ferment for a few days, Then, introduce it into their water with an eyedropper. The celery has been soaking in a little cup of water for two days. Mow, I'm afraid to give it to them. Have you ever heard of this?

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2 years ago #18
Diana
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i have 2 molly fish how much times i should feed them

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2 years ago #19
Joni
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Hi Diana, 2 Molly will not need much at all. Keep in mind their stomach is only as big as their eyeball basically. If you see food drop to the floor of the tank it is too much. Clean it up with a turkey baster and your water will stay nicer. Feed just a very small amount twice a day. Okay? Next time you have a question just start your own post okay? Have a great day!

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2 years ago #20
Diana
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thank you very much

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1 year ago #21
Jadeen
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it would be better u feed them dried worms it will be easy for them to swallow it
Best of luck
Jaden

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1 year ago #22
NavigatorBlack
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It's an old thread, but since it is back, I'll dive in.

In the wild, mollies eat algae, and the creatures that live in thick algae. I have watched them grazing on cliffs covered in green brown waving algae in Mexico. They pick a lot of small organisms out of the plant matter.
This means their guts are evolved to deal with a roughage diet, after millions of years in the same sorts of habitats. You can't go against that. For mollies, go with high fiber food (check the breakdown on the container). If you use frozen, try to avoid bloodworms as they are too soft and sometimes cause constipation. They are great for carnivores (meat eaters) but bad for herbivores (plant eaters). Avoid dried worms (unless you chop up earthworms) as worms often lack fiber. Fish only get bloated if there is a poorly chosen diet offered.

I would feed fry a tiny amount twice daily. Here, adults get fed once a day, sometimes twice. On one day a week, I skip feeding. Fish are not unlike us obesity is a big killer. Like us, they will eat too much given the opportunity. Mollies always want to eat.
I don't just keep my fish, but breed them as well. You have to be sure gravid females get enough food, but they are always aggressive feeders anyway. Since I started giving a weekly fast day, my fish have lived much longer, looked much better and have bred more consistently.

Those mollies from 4 years ago are hopefully great great grandparents by now. They could still be alive.

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1 year ago #23
rricker300
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Good advice! I just started doing the weekly fast day, too, and I was just given 5 baby mollies last night. Good timing for an old thread to resurface!

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1 year ago #24
aliviacornell23
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i feed my mallies 2-3 times a day and they re 4 days old

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1 year ago #25
B
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GET A ALBINO CAT FISH THEY DONT GET TO BIG AND KEEP THE BOTTOM OF YOUR TANK CLEAN.

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1 year ago #26
B
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YES YOU CAN USE A HOSE AND SIPHON THE WATER IN TO A BUCKET. SO YOU DONT HAVE TO BUY A HOSE...10%OF THE WATER ONCE A WEEK.

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1 year ago #27
B
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JUST MAKE SURE YOU STIR THE ROCKS GENTLY WHILE SHIPHONING THE WATER.

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1 year ago #28
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1 year ago #29
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Please don`t use capitals for all of your text as it is classed as shouting to some and also makes things difficult to read. Also, this posting is 5 years old and is resolved, please check the date of posts before replying as it pushes newer more urgent ones down the list. thank you.

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1 year ago #30
ingridA
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I know it's an old thread but I just thought I'd add (because I've never seen it mentioned on a forum before) that mollies grow a lot bigger than people think, my four are now a year old and nearly 3 1/2 inches so anyone who is raising/breeding them should make sure they have a decent sized tank

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