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post #1 of 3 Old 09-02-2009, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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New plants causing trouble?

Over the past weekend I added 2 live plants to my 10gal tank (1 java fern and 1 banana plant); the first live plants in the tank. I also added a gold molly to go along with my 1 silver lyretail molly, 3 sunset platies, 2 bleeding heart tetras and siamese algae eater. Unfortunately, the gold molly died on day 3 in the tank, and today (day 5) the silver molly has also died. My water was good before I added the plants and tests ok even now. The tank has been up and running since the spring and these fish have all been in the tank for about 3 months with no problems. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-02-2009, 07:00 PM
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The plants probably didn't do anything harmful. They, particularly the java fern, soak up the built up toxins in the water and likely do much more good than bad.

I'm sorry to say that the mollies were too big of a fish for a 10 g. For the 10, the platies and tetras are fine. You might even go with more of the tetras.

The algae eater. That might be the type that doesn't eat a lot of algae and eventually turns aggressive. I do mix up the siamese with other species though; please look it up from something or someone more reliable than me.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-05-2009, 03:13 PM
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there could also be some overnight bully somewhere? or maybe a hidden water issue. what exactly were your water stats?
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