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post #11 of 15 Old 01-25-2010, 09:41 PM
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this was 2 years ago on a molly only tank. i now have community tanks with corys and balloon mollys that have no salt in them because of the corys. i mentioned in my post to be careful what fish you add in the salted environment.

the info i recieved was from a man who also bred mollies and said he always uses a light mix of aquarium salt for his molly tanks.
Glad to hear this, that you're not using salt in those tanks. While I said mollies can tolerate brackish, I didn't want to be too harsh on you but I do actually agree with Angel that I wouldn't. It is hardness livebearers need and I suspect salt is often considered an easy fix, but in naturally hard water that isn't necessary. Fresh water is what it says, fresh. Well done. B.

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...I didn't want to be too harsh on you but I do actually agree with Angel ...
I seriously didn't mean to be "harsh" with you....but sugar coating things wouldn't help neither....I'm just a honest & helpful person

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post #13 of 15 Old 01-26-2010, 05:48 PM
I'm sorry, I've kind of browsed through here but --pH aside--I'd recommend buying a test kit (API) and test the water yourself. My LFS told me my tank was "good to go" and come to find out, after adding a pleco, that the tank hadn't cycled. So I'm wondering how your levels are now (all levels being zero does not equate a cycled tank--you want some nitrate in there).

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Reason no 2 behind this could well be yur source you're getting these fish from..are they all from the same store? Livebearers are heavily over-bread fish and some are more prone to sicknesses and early death then other.
I'd bet this is the problem. It is so difficult to find good livebearers any more. Especially red and orange colored swords & platies. I bet if you try out a different pet shop, and wait a minimum of 3 days after the fish arrive before purchase, you will have better success.
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I'd bet this is the problem. It is so difficult to find good livebearers any more. Especially red and orange colored swords & platies. I bet if you try out a different pet shop, and wait a minimum of 3 days after the fish arrive before purchase, you will have better success.
And to follow up on this thought...

I happened to come across something in the February TFH today about mollies being very intolerant of any ammonia. One writer was a breeder and supplier in Florida and the other was one of the TFH editors. According to them, mollies frequently arrive in stores suffering from ammonia during shipping and they are not likely to recover. Shimmying, clamped fins, then resting on the bottom are signs that the end is near. Advice was to leave new fish in the store for a couple weeks to be certain they are healthy, as well as ensuring they are not subjected to new tanks. I note you mention mollies, so this may be worth considering.

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