Mollies

By C. Moormann

Quality Livebearers


I have struggled with mollies over the years until in a moment of observation, I found the secret to success with these fish. As stated in my article on the UFO Pond: The UFO in my back yard.
I spend a lot of time staring into this pool. I saw an amazing feat of balance by a female molly -- as a male came up to her on her side she was able to rotate her body so that her ventral regions (the lower area of the abdomen of interest to the male) quickly turned away from the male about a quarter turn. This is about one half of the rotation my first wife could make but it had the effect of neutralizing the male's advances. As stated in the pool article I am seeing hundreds of fry each week and the reason is apparent in another observation while watching the pool activity -- the females are attacked by multiple males at the same time. Twice I have seen a mass of over a dozen mollies with a female on the bottom trying to keep her ventral regions from them. So all of those times in the past where I have tried breeding mollies in pairs -- I did not get fry in the past because the females were so agile. >

Here are a few of pictures of our mollies:
Mollies and cichlids
Assorted mollies, nicarguensis, and rainbow ciclids in the greenhouse. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge

Sunset sailfin molly
Similar fish went for $40 per pair at the San Antonio ALA auction. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge

assorted mollies
Assorted adult mollies. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge

assorted mollies
Assorted adult mollies. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge

assorted mollies
Assorted adult mollies. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge

assorted mollies
Assorted adult mollies. Photo, C. Moormann, 2010 Click to Enlarge