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Wow...after being told that everything will die within days (which it didn't), we now have babies!

The dalmatian mollie gave birth to about 10 little ones. The babies are hiding out in the plants while a couple have been sucked up in the filter system.

Being that we have such small tank (2.5) I know we can't keep them. Plus the mollie is keeping the platy securely in the corner.

Should I remove the little ones or let nature take its course?
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Have you returned the Mollies? It's either that, rehome them or get a bigger tank. A platy or a molly cannot go in a 2.5 gallon alone much less with 2.


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Have you returned the Mollies? It's either that, rehome them or get a bigger tank. A platy or a molly cannot go in a 2.5 gallon alone much less with 2.

It is what it is...old school fish advice...1 fish per gallon, hence 2 fish. Now one has had babies. The 2 fish aren't going anywhere. Call FFS (Fish Family Services) if you insist.

I still need help with the babies.
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I think your best course of action is a cheap 10g setup. I prefer to let livebearers fend for themselves, if you actively try to help the fry survive they will multiply unmanageably fast. In a planted tank there will be enough cover and food to keep a stable population. At most I'll put a screen on the filter intake.

Be careful in the 2.5g, slow poisoning due to bad water quality will stunt fish and make them more prone to disease. Its not fun to watch a fish slowly die over weeks or months.
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I isolated the platy so he can have a break from the aggressive mother molly. Rescued one fry the the filter, couldn't find any others in there.

Best count is 10 little ones hanging around the ground cover.
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have to agree with the other commenter, a molly in a 2.5 gallon (or under a 5 gallon AT LEAST) is not good. usually no fish is good for a 2.5 gallon which is why they are mainly used a shrimp tanks. Water quality in that small of a tank inhabiting fish is very difficult, and hard to maintain steadily. I suggest you donate all the fish inhabitants to an lfs or forum member, someone who is willing to care with proper conditions.
As for the filter issue, I suggest until you rehome the fish, to get a window screen and cut it into a reasonably small piece. Then put it around the filter intake, using rubber bands (or similar) to keep it on tight. this will however require you to clean the intake more often.
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Babies!

^ assuming you do rehome the fish because you sound like they're staying. The old one fish per gallon rule is not correct or accurate in any way. Would you put a blue tang in a bowl? Either way it's one inch per gallon but that's not correct either. Neither methods take into account bio load, activity level, aggression or any other factors. A tank that small could just barely hold a betta and that's definitely not ideal.


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