01-26-2010, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Pasfur
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.