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post #1 of 6 Old 09-01-2008, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
First time...Molly

My betta just recently passed away and Ive been considering purchasing Mollies. Should I? THe tank is a 10 gallon with an amazon sword plant and multiple moneyworts. The parameters are: pH=6.5, temp= 80 degrees F. The tank also inhabits about 6 ghost shrimps. Im thinking of getting 2 female mollies and 1 male.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-01-2008, 05:01 PM
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Mollys need minimum 20 gallon tank size.

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-01-2008, 05:47 PM
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It depends on what type of molly you want. The shortfins will do fine in a 10G, the sailfins need a 20G. Also, you'll need to plan for what to do with all the fry they give birth to, which they inevitably will.

Mollies prefer more alkaline water than you have. There are other livebearers which would be better suited to your tank like guppies or endlers.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-01-2008, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
hmmm I see. so they wouldnt be okay in my acidic conditions? and their the short tailed kind. the kind that get about 2.5 in

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Mollies can be pretty hardy critters. However, I wouldn't keep them in a very low ph. Alkaline is ideal. Actually, brackish is ideal. Mollies tolerate a huge range of salinity- you can even keep them in fully marine conditions.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-02-2008, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
I do have a brackish tank with at least a teaspoon per 5 gallons. cant they tolerate my acidic conditions?

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