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May I have some help with feeding my Mollies?

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May I have some help with feeding my Mollies?
Old 07-17-2008, 03:15 PM   #11
 
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I posted a question, and your not answering it, and being somewhat rude. Please help me if you can, but stop repeating things. You have been saying the same thing about me and my tank for two days now. If you can help answer my questions, please do, but if not, please leave. I'm sorry.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:17 PM   #12
 
How do I post pictures? I uploaded them from my camera, and onto my photobucket. I'd like to post them.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:21 PM   #13
 
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Hello?!?! I'm obviously way more experienced then you, and like I just said I would be MORE THEN HAPPY to answer your questions. But you need to realize you've made a mistake here, and you can't expect your fish to thrive until you learn how to properly maintain a freshwater tank and keep everything balanced and happy. But clearly, you don't care about your fish and you don't want the advice. So I can only hope that someone else on the forum *HINT* will tell you about the mistakes you have made so you will realize I'm not just trying to pick on you.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:27 PM   #14
 
I just asked you for help. Please? (I posted a tank, it's got pictures of my fish and my tank.)
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:36 PM   #15
 
If I get the 10 gallon soon, would that be big enough for my fish, and something that eats algae?
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:54 PM   #16
 
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The minimum tank size for black mollies is 30 gallons. So to answer your question, a ten gallon would help... For a little.

Have you cycled your 5 gallon? As in your water parameters read Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrites - 0ppm
Nitrates - 5-40ppm

If you don't know your water parameters and don't have a water testing kit I recommend getting API liquid water testing kit.

To answer your question about feeding them, you don't HAVE to feed any live food. All you REALLY need is flakes. But I like to give my fish a variety of things, I feed flakes, pellets, sometimes an algae wafer. And veggies and fruit. Oh and blood worms as treats!

You don't HAVE to give them all these things every time you feed. Normally my fish get a pinch of flakes and a pinch of pellets everyday. Then two times a week I give them fresh veggies/fruits. Always make sure the fruit is really well washed before putting it in the tank. If your feeding cucumber, you just cut a little slice off, like into rounds, as if you were going to eat it. And you can buy clips with a suction cup on it to attach it to the side of the tank or just try and cram it somewhere so it won't float back to the top. And if no ones bites, then after a day or so remove the veggie so it doesn't rot and cause water quality issues. That are more then likely to happen because your tank is over stocked.

I can't stress how important it is that you get your test kit and keep an eye on your water parameters to ensure your fish would kick it due to poor water quality during the cycling process and due to being over stocked.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:54 PM   #17
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I don't really know which is better, but I would go with the freeze-dried bloodworms as a supplement to their staple diet of flakes. Bloodworms would be a natural food source for tropical fish in the wild, whereas brine shrimp would not. Again, I don't know if this really makes a difference or not. As for the catfish, before I got old enough to care for an aquarium my parents had one. They went through many cory cats before they figured out that they were starving to death. (They still to this day do not know how to properly care for fish, hence all the fish tanks are now in my room!) I don't know if upsidown catfish eat the same as corys do, but we bought some pellets for them that were advertised specifically for catfish and they did great on those. One question, did you cycle your tank? Oh...I said only one but, how big is it? If you give me some info on it I can help you with any problems in the future. Oh, about your molly, the male might not be interested in her because she is staying away from him, or there could be water problems in your tank. Could you post your parameters too. Don't worry, everyone makes mistakes (I sure made my share, and I just wish that I could have had someone to ask. My parents definitely couldn't help. My mom still asks me why I am wasting my time with cycling my new 15 gallon tank .) but the people who ask questions are usually the ones that will be answering them in the future :) . One thing though...don't ask the people at the fish store anything, as I have yet to get one sound piece of advice from them. Sorry this was pretty long winded, but I just wanted to cover all the bases.

PS: I am in no way an expert, just a person who has done a lot of research and learned from my and other's mistakes. So for now I will still be asking a lot of questions!
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:02 PM   #18
 
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Don't feed blood worms in place of fish flakes. Blood worms should be treats rather then a full blown diet.

I also forgot to mention that mollies LOVE salt. Since your cat fish passed, then you will be safe to add aquarium salt to your tank. But look up a safe dose of aquarium salt for a 5 gallon tank before you just go and plop a whole crap load of salt in there.

Good luck, I'm leaving now but if you have any more questions/ issues feel free to pm me or just post on this thread and I will get back to you asap.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:04 PM   #19
 
I don't know if I'll do the blood worms, or brine shrimp. I got advice from my grandmother and grandfather on my tank, and they helped me set it up and stuff, but they never said anything about cycling. They never cycled their community tank, and their fish did fine. One acctually live for 6 years, and when they got rid of their tank, they had to find a pet store to take it.

How much are testing kits, and how many uses do you get out of them? I can't spend a TON. I'll probably feed them a slice of cucmber every week? If I should more, please tell me. Do I need to skin it?
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:07 PM   #20
 
Look at my tank blurb to see my fish, and tank.
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