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Old 07-16-2008, 02:41 PM   #11
 
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You might want to try with clean panty hose. Or just rinsing them off before you add it to the tank.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:43 PM   #12
 
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I read your last post, and I washed them before I put them in. What kind of net would I buy? I have a full hood on my tank with a small opening in the front that can be closed, and a medium strip in the back that my filter comes out of. I don't have room for a HUGE net.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:46 PM   #13
 
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It sounds small, but the people at petsmart (5 of them) told us three max. I have a seperate thing for the fry. The tank is also quite large for a 5 gallon. They think it might even be bigger. and I'm getting a type of catfish that stays small.
The people at pet smart are also just trying to sell you things, I on the other hand am not making any money off the advice I am giving you, so who would you rather trust? Theres no such thing as a tank being rather large for a 5 gallon, 5 gallons is 5 gallons. If your talking about the vase that you used to have goldfish in before they died (Their death more then likely had something to do with the vase) I would not house your fry in there because fry are ultra sensitive to water quality. What type of catfish are you getting? because no catfish stays small enough to be housed in a 5.5 gallon tank with three mollies, considering the three mollies shouldn't be housed in a 5.5 gallon tank.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:50 PM   #14
 
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Why are you so concerned about these fry already?? You don't even have the fish and its not like you'll end up with fry on the very first day you purchase the fish.

Plus I believe its more important you figure out how you are going to take care of the adults before you start thinking about the fry they will produce. I'm not giving you any more advice on how to raise the fry until you seriously take into consideration the health and well being of your other fish, and you clearly have not done that.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:54 PM   #15
 
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I also asked an expert on another website, here is my question and answer.

Q:Okay, I am buying three Mollies today. A female and male Dalmation, and a female Black. I am also buying a suckerfish of some sort. I am looking to breed. Right now I have a tank with rocks and a filter/pump. If I buy some plastic plants and put them in the corner will the fry be safe? What would happen if I just let a plastic plant float on the surface? Would the fry be safe there? As for feeding, How often do I feed the adults, and how often do I feed the fry? (they'll be in the same tank, so how do I go about that?) and If I rub tropical fish flakes between my fingers until it's fine, will that be okay for the fry? Also, how much do I feed the adults/fry? I'm sorry for all the questions. I just need to know before we go to the store tonight. and I can't buy special food for the fry, or a breeding tank, so plants/rocks are going to be the only hiding place right now.

Please help,
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A:The best thing you can do is buy a small breeder net/container that you can keep the fry in, these usually will float in the water in the tank you already have established. Other than that it will be very difficult to ensure the fry are getting proper nutrition, until they are big enough to make do on their own. They can easily eat crushed up fish flakes. Once they near normal size that they can eat on their own things should run smoothly it sounds like they have places to hide.

Feeding the fish, I feed mine every other day and they do fine. In the wild it takes them sometimes days to obtain the nutrients that flakes give them so they do very very well now that all the vitamins and things they need can be found in one flake, you should feed the babies daily. No more than they (babies and adults) can eat with in 15 minutes. There stomach is about the size of their eyeball, over feeding can get really bad.

Before you get a sucker fish, do you have any algae growth in your tank at the moment? (as most Plecostomous require 55-75 gallon tanks by the time they are full grown)

Chinese algae eaters stop eating algae and will turn aggressive on other fish. One I can suggest is an Otocinclus Catfish these guys stay small and do wonders cleaning algae from the glass! I hope this helps!
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:56 PM   #16
 
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Good for you, when your water quality goes crazy and all your fry die. Don't come crying to us. I hate to be rude, but your stubborn.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:58 PM   #17
 
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I have a smaller pump, that dosn't have a filter. Do they ABSOLUTLY need the filter? The pump would be A LOT better in that tank.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:00 PM   #18
 
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my grandma's had mollies in a community tank, and they didn't have a filter.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:54 PM   #19
 
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Why don't you go ask your 'expert' on the other site, or your friends down at pet smart.


Your expert on another forum also failed to ask what size your tank was. I'm sure if they had of known it was a 5.5 gallon they would have given you the exact same advice I gave you.

I wasn't going to reply to you anymore, but that filter question is ridiculous. Clearly you do not know anything about keeping fish and you should really be taking my advice to heart rather then ignoring it and going along with your plans.

Is your tank even cycled? Do you know anything about the nitrogen cycle? Do you know about the beneficial bacteria that thrive in your filter? It's good that you came for advice before you bought your fish, but why ask for help if you don't want to hear it? Why be so selfish and put your fish in harms way even though you've been told its not a good idea?
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