Homemade Molly Fish Food. Great for your fish and you can save money!
Is it difficult to make your own molly fish food? Simple guide how to make fish food
Would you like to save some money, have fun and at the same give your mollies better food? Make your own fish food! It isn’t that hard and you mollies will love it. It is ok to feed them with flakes and to be honest….flakes don’t cost that much if you don’t have hundreds of mollies and multiple tanks, but it all adds up and you might have most of the materials needed already in your fridge or at your local grocery store.
You can find multiple recipes from the internet, but basically with mollies it comes down to having some vegetables and probably some protein (shrimp, white fish) if you want to add vitamins, spirulina etc. to make it more professional you can, but it is not necessary. Add everything to blender and create fish food smoothie. It looks and can smell pretty nasty, but don’t worry about it. After creating that lovely smoothie, you add gelatine or something that will make your DIY fish food hold together. After adding gelatine you can pack it to ice cubes or flat ziploc bags, cool it down and freeze it for later use. It is ready to be served to your mollies after cooling. You can give the frozen cubes straight from the freezer. Cubes usually float and it is fun to watch mollies eating them like there is no tomorrow. So there you have it. Not much science behind it, but lot of small easy steps to make your own homemade molly fish food.
Quick homemade molly fish food for beginners
If that sounded like a lot of work you can always go the quick way: Just microwaving frozen peas until they are bit hot and take out the pea shells with your finger. You can cut them, but microwaved peas drop them to the tank and mollies will most definitely eat them. Remember to let the pea cool down after microwave! Peas are great food for mollies, because they seem to help mollies digest food better. A good tip is add some sliced garlic with peas. Garlic can help with internal parasites. You can also cook/steam peas or vegetables, but microwaving is quicker 😀
Mollies love almost all vegetables, but they seem to enjoy peas, cucumber, spinach and other soft green vegetables.
Why don’t you start steaming vegetables for your self to eat and save some for your mollies? Just don’t add any salt, butter or spices to ones you give your mollies. You and your mollies would be eating healthier and saving some extra money at the same time.
Homemade fish food can be a good option for molly fish, as it allows you to control the ingredients and nutrients that the fish are receiving. Here is a simple recipe for homemade fish food that can be suitable for molly fish:
- 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato
- 1 cup cooked and mashed peas
- 1/2 cup cooked and mashed carrots
- 1/2 cup cooked and mashed spinach
- 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
- Cook the sweet potato, peas, carrots, spinach, and brown rice until they are tender.
- Mash the cooked vegetables and rice until they are smooth.
- Mix the mashed vegetables and rice together until well combined.
- Divide the mixture into small balls or patties and place them in the freezer.
- To feed the fish, remove a ball or patty from the freezer and thaw it in a bowl of water. Once thawed, cut the ball or patty into small pieces and feed them to the fish.
This homemade fish food recipe is high in nutrients and can be a good option for molly fish. It is important to remember to feed the fish small amounts several times a day, as they have small stomachs and cannot eat a lot at once. It is also a good idea to supplement the diet with other types of food, such as live or frozen foods, to provide the fish with a varied and balanced diet.
Do you have a special mix for your mollies or any other tips for home made molly fish food? Let us and everyone else know!
Dear all please help me before few days I don’t know why my molly fishes die one by one… so please help me
Can you tell more about symptoms and your tank? Water parameters such as pH?
my mollys are dying due to cold water
Hi Anish! You should try to keep water temperature between 70°F-82°F so that is around 21°C – 28°C. I would recommend using submersible temperature controlled heater such asEheim Jager. Those last forever, I had one from the 90’s and it still worked after years of storage.
My fish too
IT IS DUE TO STRESS IN MOLLY, FIRST YOU PUT HIDING PLANTS . 2ND THERE MAY BE CHANCES OF OVER FEEDING OF FOOD , MAXIMUM 3 TIMES A DAY, 8 X 3 OR 12 X 2, 3RD THING SUDDEN CHANGE OF WATER PROPERTY , PH, TEMPERATURE, ALKALITY, – DO NOT CHANGE WATER FREQUENTLY, CHANGE ONCE IN A MONTH , OR IT IS VERY DIRTY WHEN YOU CAN NOT SEE YOUR MOLLIES. BUT CHANGE IN THE RATIO OF 60 OLD /40 NEW
You should never wait until your tank is so cloudy that you can’t see through it. Partial water changes (66% old 33% new) need happen ~once every two weeks~ even if your tank looks clean. Just make sure to be using a water conditioner and that the new water is the same temp as the old water
What do you think of Omega One fish food brands? I heard they are pretty descent for feeding mollies. I feed mine just the generic tropical food.
Hi Amanda! Omega one is good brand! I’m testing now Tetra Pro Algae, but they seem to start spitting flakes quicker than usual and it creates a cloud of food 🙁 I try to give my mollies microwaved peas (soaked in garlic) and fresh vegetables as often as I can. Thank you for commenting!
Can you feed mollies beans / tomatoes / cabbage?
YES , BUT WITH DUE CARE- CLEANING. BOILING THEN COOLING
My Molly was giving birth to fry but all fry was eaten by other fishes
is it other fish food a molly fry ?
can you explain this i never know to to take care of molly fish in decent way?
Koi fishes and gold fishes tends to keep on eating that gets on its way…. Definitely small fishes are the food for other fishes.. my suggestion is… Keep all Molly fishes in a separate tank with no other types of fishes..!!
But my tank is only molly fish tank I am having all mollies of a different color in it.I don’t know why they eat their own babies I cannot afford a breeding tank or fry tank for babies birth as a separate how I can manage it?
if you going to bread mollies put one per in glass container of put 3 to 5 per in closed container(like cement tank or plastic tub etc..) it will help you to bread well.
Buy a plant called hornwort, it grow very quickly, everytime it gets to be 10 to 12 inches tall, pinch it in half and bury it in the subtrate. Keep doing this. When your fish is nearly having babies, allow the plant to keep growing but instead of planting the pieces, let them float so the babies have places to hide. Though after a couple days to a week theyll want to go to the bottom of the tank so make sure its planted densely for them to hide everywhere.
Hornwort is a super messy plant. I ended up removing it from my tank. Clogged up my filter as well.
PUT BABY IN SMALL BUCKET WITH ALGI
SEPARATE BABY MOLLIES, IT IS BY NATURAL THEY IT THEIR BABY, BECAUSE THEY LOVE TO EAT ANYTHING
hi, guys, I have three colors of mollies in a tank ( white, black and mixed black and yellow ) . while I feed food they started to chase another and bites what can I do I don’t know all the time same things happen.
I m facing the same problem.
SPREAD FOOD IN DIFFERENT AREAS
#1 Make sure they aren’t overcrowded in the tank and #2 Make sure the female to male ratio is fine. Most say a 1 male to 3 female is good. #3 I noticed in my tank when they are breeding or the males are trying to show off for females they pick small fights and will chase females around. #4 Mollies have a pecking order in a school of them so they will bicker sometimes over who is the dominant fish.
I got 2 molly fish yesterday. I cannot get my filter to work and cant get to the store until tomorrow to get a new filter. Will they be okay until then? Water looks cloudy…
I think they will be ok.
If you’re cooking frozen peas, aren’t they shelled already or do you mean taking off the skin of the pea as well? How many peas would you do for 6 mollies and 3 baby molls?
YES PLEASE REMOVE SKIN, AND 4 TO 5 PEAS ENOUGH FOR THEM
My moly fish has given to many babies…now how I will clean the water of my boul…..
Why the water of tank is changing into milky white….??
What can I feed baby mollies
Can I give vegetables everyday to my molies
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