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post #1 of 13 Old 04-25-2008, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
Just got my first mollies

i just got
2 Balloon Molly
2 Sliver Sailfin Mollies
there in a 40 gallon with
2 Hi-Fin Black Tetra
2 Marigold Wag Swordtail
2 Sunset Patty
2 Red Fire Dwarf Gourami
2 Blue Paradise Fish
1 Albino Bristle Nose Pleco
3 Melanistus Cories
any tips or comments on the stocking
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-25-2008, 03:25 PM
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they sound nice,any pics :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-25-2008, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
not yet but i just wanted to know if there was anything special i needed to do to keep them happy
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-25-2008, 03:29 PM
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umm i've never kept them,however i'm sure there
are other members here who have,
hope they pop in and help. :)
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-25-2008, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
yea i hope cause there my first ones i dont wanna mess it up lol
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post #6 of 13 Old 04-25-2008, 04:07 PM
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watchout for the gouramis because if there 2 males they can become aggressive, and 3 cories should be fine but if they start acting weird increase the shoal to the recomended 5-6
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-25-2008, 09:36 PM
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The mollies should be fine but if you have as many males as females they can pester the females badly. It is better to have at least 2 or 3 females for each male to spread around the pestering. With all the other fish in the tank, you will likely never see surviving fry so the fact that mollies don't avoid crossbreeding based on color won't matter. If you were keeping fry, you might get a few strange color combinations.
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-26-2008, 06:41 PM
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Mollies eat a lot and are large waste producers, so make sure to monitor your parameters and keep up with your water changes to keep the water clean. To be honest, my molly would be pooping almost every time I look over at the tank.

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-26-2008, 07:57 PM
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Just an FYI. Mollies need, basically MUST have, a large percentage, easily 50 percent, of algae in their diet to thrive, and have decent-sized yields of fry. Mollies also live much better in brackish conditions, but they do OK in just fresh water, as long as they have their algae.
Spirulina flakes would help, though Spirulina isn't algae. You can seek out frozen preparations designed for herbivores, but make sure they are prepared in fresh water, from freshwater components, not marine.
Or, you could culture green algae yourself, which is the best option, though it takes a month or so to get a good crop. Contact me if you want to know how.

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post #10 of 13 Old 04-27-2008, 12:32 PM
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As for the brackish thing- I agree that mollies do very well in saltier conditions. However, most mollies are bred and raised in true freshwater nowadays, so you shouldn't worry about them doing well it your aquarium. They'll be quite happy.
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