02-25-2010, 10:21 AM
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Beginner's molly troubles
We're beginners at the fish hobby, had our 6 gallon (23 litres) tank about 2 months. Being beginners, we trusted the personnel at the aquarium store (huge trustworthy-looking place..) to give us good advice and went home with 3 black molly and 2 bamboo shrimp. Both of these species will outgrow 6 gallons, we now realize :(
One of the shrimp has died since then, and today I found one of the two female mollies dead in the tank. She'd been getting the cold shoulder from the other two and some of her fins had split, she was also pretty thin for a while so we realized she wasn't doing well. So now I've got a one-male-one-female situation on my hands, which isn't too ideal according to what I've been reading. Will these two be able to keep the peace or will the female be pestered? She just gave birth to 8 fry and is looking well at the moment.
From what I understand I can either split them up (got a spare 6 gallon tank, not cycled) or ad more (they are 2,5cm-3cm long now, if they survive we will have to buy a bigger tank anyway..) to save their social life? There's also the question of what to do with the fry...I counted 6 of them today, they're a few days old. If I put them in the spare tank it would have to be cycled with the fry in it, and 6 of them might crowd it?
Thanks in advance!