Molly fishes are very common in home aquaria, because they are easy to care.

How to breed Mollies at the home aquarium?

Mollies being live breeders they are one of the easiest fishes to breed and are known to be prolific breeders. This article will take you through a step by step process on how to breed your mollies the right way.

Required supplies

  • Adult male and female mollies

Required tools

  • Fry Trap
  • Breeding tank
  • Fishnet

Total cost: USD 30


Total time: 25 days

  • Step 1 – Selecting the breeding tank

    Select a good quality tank which is densely planted for breeding your fishes.

  • Step 2 – Water parameters

    Set the water temperature to 80 F or less, water pH at 8 and make sure you have an attached filter.

  • Step 3 – Introduce Fish

    Now allow your mollies inside the tank in male female ratio of 1:3 or 1:4.

  • Step 4 – Feeding

    Feed them with a healthy diet: flakes, blood worms, meaty foods, live brine shrimp, and cucumber.

  • Step 5 – Spawning

    Watch out for pregnancy symptoms: the female’s abdomen will become bulgier and she will move to dark corners.

  • Step 6 – Isolate the female

    Now remove you female from the tank and shift it to another tank where she can give birth.

  • Step 7 – Young fries

    When she has given birth to the fry shift them to another tank so that you save the fry from being eaten up by the adult or you can place a lot of aquatic plants in the breeding fry or fry trap so that they can hide from being eaten up by the adults.


Feed your frys with healthy food that will fit the size of their mouth and do not keep them in the fry trap for more than two weeks.

As mentioned, the step by step instructions to breed molly fish at home has been explained. Request you to leave your comments, which would help enhance this step by step guide.