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post #11 of 19 Old 08-10-2012, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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3 Mollies will outgrow your tank,IMO.
Really, three mollies in a 25 gallon?
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-10-2012, 10:24 AM
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The molly does get large, 4-5 inches and some sources say 6 for males. I would say that 3 in a 30-inch tank (assuming the 25g is 30 inches length minimum) is OK but no more. The Common Molly and the Sailfin Molly are in our profiles.

Another thing about molly, they are very highly susceptible to any ammonia, so be careful. Lots of plants--here Corkscrew Vallisneria is ideal, along with floating plants--should help. And I assume your water is hard; molly must have minerals or they will slowly deterioriate. The pH at 7.6 is fine, or if it goes higher, not a problem.

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post #13 of 19 Old 08-12-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! My mollies are doing very well, one male and two females is what it seems I have, the water is still good, and I am ordering more plants in a few minutes. I am placing the large piece of driftwood once I get the plants, as I plan to plant on it. What do you all think about adding more fish in a few weeks, yea or nay? Thanks for all the help and advice!
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Thanks guys! My mollies are doing very well, one male and two females is what it seems I have, the water is still good, and I am ordering more plants in a few minutes. I am placing the large piece of driftwood once I get the plants, as I plan to plant on it. What do you all think about adding more fish in a few weeks, yea or nay? Thanks for all the help and advice!
I believe I already suggested the three molly were it. And with a male and two females, you wil have fry monthly.

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post #15 of 19 Old 08-13-2012, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, so as I was placing driftwood and planting this afternoon, I found one fry! I am assuming the others were eaten, and that the Molly was pregnant when I got them, five days ago! So one little fry is swimming around in there. Also found a snail on my rock this morning, I was pretty sure that I inspected and cleared the plants very well, not sure where that little booger came from. I won't be adding anymore fish as of now, no mollies and no other smaller species. I will however be adding shrimp, as I have researched and their bioload is next to nothing, I need some tiny cleaners for my aquarium, I just pray they aren't all eaten when I do decide to get them!
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Ok, so as I was placing driftwood and planting this afternoon, I found one fry! I am assuming the others were eaten, and that the Molly was pregnant when I got them, five days ago! So one little fry is swimming around in there. Also found a snail on my rock this morning, I was pretty sure that I inspected and cleared the plants very well, not sure where that little booger came from. I won't be adding anymore fish as of now, no mollies and no other smaller species. I will however be adding shrimp, as I have researched and their bioload is next to nothing, I need some tiny cleaners for my aquarium, I just pray they aren't all eaten when I do decide to get them!
Have a read of our profile for the Common Molly [click the shaded name], it will explain the fry bit and what to expect; when they get settled, you will have fry, they can't possibly eat all of what will appear monthly. The snail is not a problem, I have hundreds, they perform a very useful service that nothing else matches.

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post #17 of 19 Old 08-16-2012, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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The mollies are still doing awesome and we found three fry, I'm not sure how they are doing as of now, will gaze the aquarium in the morning and see what we find :/ the snail has been up and down our rock and is sliding along quite well! Maybe there are more of those as well, only time will reveal.
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-30-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE: hi Everyone! So my tank is doing excellent! We have two adult mollies, one male and one female, and 13 babies that are growing strong, and will be sold and given to my local fish store that specializes in aquatics and fish solely. I also have shrimp as cleaning machines that don't add to the load in the tank. My plants are thriving nicely and I am very happy with my tank thus far. Thinking of more plants for sure!
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post #19 of 19 Old 10-30-2012, 09:31 PM
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Sounds very good.

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