Originally Posted by Crazie Queenie
I Don't intend on trying to cross breed them at all so im hoping they wont.... I wont get female guppies then as that would just be cruel knowing they may end up pregnant to a molly and more than likely end up dead :o(
I have 3 Dalmatian 1M/2F was 3 females but one died after giving birth a few days after i got them and 6 black 1M/5F so as you can see by that i was trying to keep the ratio ok but was unaware that the guppies would effect that ratio. I refuse to get balloon Mollies as i think its just cruel to breed something that is so malformed it will never have a chance to actually develop properly.
Hmmm i dunno what to do really cause my mollies are like my babies lol i don't wanna give them up :o(
The black ones are still quite small the dalmatian ones are much bigger than them in particular the male, more commonly known to me and my mates as "fatty" lol, who is the total king of the tank. The dalmatians were the first fish i got for the tank so i guess to him he was there first so its his tank. Problem is i can't get a bigger tank right now as i rent a bedroom from friends and a bigger tank ain't gonna happen until i get a lot of other stuff sorted out and my own place but that wont be till at least sometime next year..... Do you think they would be ok in this one till then since the black ones are still kinda small? Or do they tend to grow pretty fast? The biggest black molly is like half the size, if even that, of the male dalmatian one and the male dalmatian is about 2 inches long including his tail and as you may have guessed by his name tends to be a tad on the plump side lol. When he sticks his fin up he is probably at least an inch and a bit from his belly to the tip of his fin.
P.S i just noticed your info says your in Irving Texas that is pretty much right next to where i was living for the first part of last year lol small world!
Be glad you arent living near here this summer!!! It is HOT!!! We have been at over 100F for like two months now, with a day or two inbetween where it was only 98F, but today was day 30 straight of being in triple digits. At 9pm tonight, it was still 101F!!! Too Hot!!! I need a summer home in Alaska!!! lol
As for the mollies... their growth rate can be expedited by certain water parameters, not sure which ones, as all fish are different. I know for example, with guppies warmer temps make them grow faster, but that cuts their life span. While cooler water (but still in their needed range), allows them to grow slower and live longer...same with mystery snails. Also over feeding can cause faster growth, as well as more bio in the tank from excessive poop, causing ammonia spikes in the tank. And you of course want to maintain nitrates that are under 50ppm, preferably 20ppm or under. Nitrates, while still being researched are thought to be the least threatening thing in aquarium water chemistry to fish, but studies have proven that high nitrates can cause stunted growth, which in turn caused organ failure, deformities, and early death.
I would expect a molly to reach full growth size in a year or less time.
I dont want to say they would be fine for a year all together in that tank size, but I dont want to say that it is the worst thing in the world if all other needs are met.
If there are no other options, lots of water changes and continual upkeep with water parameters to their liking will be needed, as well as proper food intake. (Mollies are omnivores, so no-meat food should also be provided for optimum health. Tetra makes a crisp that has both meat and veggies in it, perfect for this fish. The crisps are a bit large, so I crunch them in my fingers before feeding, or I did when I had omnivore fish like gourami...still do often since I have omnivore cherry barb.)
If at all possible maybe a second tank of siimilar size set up and cycled so you can split the group up in half so they can have ample swimming room and higher changes of good water quality??? Overcrowding has lots of ill effects, including poor water quality, which the best way to combat that is with water changes.
Have you ever visited AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor
It's a tool to assist is overstocking based on tank size, filtration, and species of fish. You should try it out, input your info for your tank, and see what it says to give you an idea of what you are looking at as far as stocking goes. And for comparison, put in your full stock with the plecos and all and see, and also try re-arranging the stock there to see what you would be able to have to have your stock under 120% by their tool. It is interesting to see. And I say 120% because there is room for error with any tool. In my signature you can see what I have stocked...in my 29g tank it reads crowded, but aqadvisor has my stock in the low 90%.