02-19-2012, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Three molly in a 20g is the limit. With weekly partial water changes (40-50% of the tank volume) and live plants, this can work. Good plants for mollies are Corkscrew Vallisneria, it thrives in the hard water molly must have. Given this variant you pictured, a playsand substrate, a couple bits of bogwood, and plants wold make a lovely aquarium. And of course, floating plants, Water Sprite is ideal. The fry will naturally gravitate to the surface and you can remove what you want.
Thank you again. We have super hard water here in Arizona and I actually bought stress zyme that adds bacteria to your tank and had to cycle it for almost 3 weeks to get all of the levels to a good area. I only add one fish at a time also when I was getting them b/c I heard that if you add too many it can mess with the levels and make them go backwards and possibly kill the fish. I still have no clue why my other molly died she looked great and all of my levels were fine so it is a mystery to me. The lady at the store where I get my fish say it is super hard to keep real plants alive in our water. She is from Germany so Idk why but she suggested I don't buy them which was weird b/c how many shop owners do you know that do that. But I will most definitely get the one you suggested. Also I am going to get the 20g tank tomorrow or possibly larger depending on what they have. But that way I can get it cycled and get the molly's in there. The tank I have now I let my nieces and nephew decorate which is why it is kind of mismatched. But I will give the live plants a go in my 20 gallon tank and also try some for my fry in the 10g tank. I actually turned the heat up in my tank a little and now my mollies seem to have stopped picking on each other. They are swimming around the top and playing in my bubble wall. Thank you again for all your help and advice it is very much appreciated!