Recently I got a 36 gallon bowfront tank and was wondering if you lovely people would be interested in answering a few of my questions.
The tank has been cycled and now has fish in it, but I want to know how often is it recommended to change portions of the water and if I need to use the chlorine removal drops? Also can I leave the fish in when I do this or do they all need to be removed?
The fish currently in there are:
2 Dalmation Mollies, a male and a female
2 Balloon Mollies, both female
2 Sun Platies, not sure on gender
The male Dalmation has bothered them a couple of times like he does the female mollies, so I'm assuming they're both probably female.
3 Tiger Barbs?
They have the coloring of Tiger Barbs and were labelled as that, but they're very small and only have one stripe.
2 Striped Tetras, 1 long-fin, 1 short-fin
5 Neon Tetras
1 Red Dwarf Gourami
Labelled as that at the pet store, looks more like a Honey Gourami. Has vibrant blue sail, with a gray head and reddish-orange body.
What would you recommend as a good bottom-feeder? The fish have not been in the tank long enough to need one, yet, but in a couple of weeks I'll be needing one.
The male Dalmation Molly is being very domineering over the females, is this normal? He chases them all over the tank and is doing what I'm assuming as constantly mating with them. Should he be returned or is this just normal behavior? The female Dalmation Molly is fast enough to run from him or slap him with her tail, but the two Balloon Mollies just start flailing around and he does as he pleases with them. Also, they all swim along the glass as looking for a way out, is this normal behavior or a sign for something?
Are platies not very active? They aren't ever together and don't really swim around in the very large tank at all. Is this normal behavior for platies? I also think they might be young as they're both rather small, which might be why the male Dalmation Molly leaves them alone as they aren't breeding age, yet.
My Gourami has been doing this weird bubble blowing thing, could someone tell me what it is? This isn't building a bubble nest, either. He usually stays at the bottom of the tank, but every now and then he zips up to the top. At the top he starts blowing bubbles straight out of the water, they go pretty high, too. The lid was open when I was feeding them and he did it and they probably went a good five inches out of the top of the tank. I'm not exactly sure if he's just having fun or trying to signal he wants a friend or what, so if you could explain this action that'd be hepful.
Adding more? Is the tank suitable to have more fish, or no? I wouldn't put more fish in for probably another week, but at that time would that be acceptable or no? Based on the whole 1 inch of fish to 1 gallon of tank rule, I have like 13-15 inches of fish. Things I'm interested in doing are adding more neon tetras, they're all like half an inch and I think they'd look cooler in a larger shoal.Maybe another molly or two, should they be male or female? And then maybe a couple of cories, what are the most docile kinds to pick from and how many would go well together?