Mollies are considered a fish for the beginning fresh water fish keeper if you keep only female or only male fish. If you have male and female together, you could fairly quickly end up with a lot of baby fish. They are live bearing fish. This can be great fun, but if you are getting mollies for the first time, you might try caring for just one or the other sex at first. The males are more slender and have a modified anal fin and the females are more round.
Start with a 20 gallon tank. Molly fish do better in groups and they can grow up to 5 inches long. The water temperature ought to be between 70 - 82 degrees Fahrenheit since the molly is a tropical fish, and the pH should be from 7.5 - 8.5. Mollies enjoy live plants and open swimming areas. Install an external filter with a bio-wheel and 1/4 inch or less of gravel.
Water quality is of utmost importance as always. Water changes will go a long way in helping your fish to stay healthy. It is much easier and a happier way of life for both your finned kids and yourself as pet parent to keep the water clean consistently because then no one has to suffer and it is so much better to keep them healthy. Otherwise, you will enter the struggle filled world of attempting to cure your little fishes of diseases that occur usually due to water that is toxic for them to breath since it has not been kept clean all the time.
Molly fish do best in brackish water. 1 or 2 teaspoons of marine aquarium salt per gallon of water is the healthful environment for this type of fish in order for them to successfully avoid disease.
A steady diet of floating flake food is the best thing for them as long as you add some live foods such as bloodworms and some vegetable matter like peas. They will eat algae for their intake of vegetable matter if there is some in the tank. They also enjoy grindal worms, blackworms, and brine shrimp.
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