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I can't get over how adorable balloon mollies look, and if I bothered to start up a 10 gallon tropical, I'd really look into a trio (wouldn't mind a rotation of babies coming through because they don't last long to begin with). But I just feel terrible about their shortened lifespan--are they more fragile in general as well, when it comes to injury or disease?

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Most sources I've looked at say about a year for life expectancy. Anyone kept them before? I'm just quite curious how fragile they are in general, how sensitive they are to water quality and disease, etc.

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I would also love to learn more... They look real cute. Anyone have any ideas how many babies they have each time? What would you do with all the babies?

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I've never had balloon mollies but I have had balloon platys - I had 3, two lasted no more than four months or so, the other managed around 6 months. They always seemed a bit pathetic and far less robust than the other regular platys in the tank. Being slower they got a little overwhelmed by faster fish at feeding time sometimes. Sometimes went through a few days of bottom sitting and being very lethargic when no other fish were doing this. They were really cute but I wouldn't have the balloon type again.

Of course the same may not apply to mollies.

I'd really look into a trio (wouldn't mind a rotation of babies coming through because they don't last long to begin with)

I started with a trio of regular female platys which were pregnant...just over a year and a bit later I have taken a total of around 50 fully grown offspring to the LFS, and I still have a few more tiny ones in my tank that I'll take as soon as they're larger. And my tank has other fry-eating fish in it as well, I dread to think how many I would've ended up with if none were eaten! They are cute babies though :)

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I really do worry about babies, especially since I am not even sure the fish stores here would accept babies from private people..... :(

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I really do worry about babies, especially since I am not even sure the fish stores here would accept babies from private people..... :(

Some around here won't, but some do with prior agreement rather than having people turn up with fish and dumping them on them. Worth asking before you buy :) or you could always advertise them as free to good homes!

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