Well, I have room for one more fish in my 20 gallon, and I've been thinking about a balloon Molly. They had one today at Petco that looked like a Calico pattern. I thought hard about it, but decided not to, as I just added a Dalmation Molly, and don't want to just jump into it without research. I saw a video on Youtube today that kind of upset me. Someone's Dalmation Molly was harrassing their balloon Molly. I wouldn't classify it as just chasing, as it was posturing, then biting at the poor balloon Molly for a good few seconds before the balloon Molly swam off quickly. I felt as if the balloon Molly was not able to defend itself, possibly because of its body shape. Although it was not as slow as I would have expected. The tank also looked grossly overstocked.
Even though I want one, if my Dalmations (two females) go after it, I wouldn't want to subject it to that kind of abuse. My 10 gallon holds a male betta, so can't have a balloon in there. Anyone here have Dalmations and balloons together? And what is the secret? I was thinking a female would be good, as that's what the Dalmations are, and it seems the general consensus that the females are generally a little less aggressive than the males. What are your thoughts? Should I try it?