07-27-2009, 08:34 PM
| || | Mollies, Platies, Guppies and Swordtails.
I am doing research for setting up a 29 gallon main tank. So far the stocking consists of nine Mollies. I am curious as to how many Guppies, Platies and Swordtails I can fit along with the Mollies into this tank. I will be doing bi-weekly water changes and scrubbing down the tank once every two months. There /may/ be live plants and driftwood but both are still undecided other than maybe some java moss. Any plants put in will be low maintinence, low light plants. The substrate will be gravel and there will be an underground filter as well as any others I may need. 7.2-7.4 will be the ph level. All of the tanks will undergo a fishless cycle so I'm not left with unwanted fish in the end.
As far as fry go, I have two ten gallon tanks; one without a hood, as well as a five gallon and many one gallon vases and bowls. I also have an ACF and will be purchasing two male Bettas soon that can have some as well. I will not save every last batch of fry. Those I do save and aren't given to my ACF or Bettas, will be given or sold to my local LFS and friends. (I have one friend whose brother has a AKF and Ropefish and she's looking to get mollies anyways.)
As food goes, what would be good variation for these four species and their fry? I have Tropical Flakes as well as frozen and freeze-dried blood worms. For the fry I was going to just crush the tropical flakes finely. I will also give the adults Zuchini slices and both fry and adults will have a regular supply of algae in their tanks. Would they like algae wafers, too? I was going to treat some tap water and put clean decorative rocks with the water in a jar and set it in the window sil, placing them in the tank when they had as much as I liked on them. Would this be enough variation? I have a few medium shrimp pellets I could crush a little and give them, too. Would the fry eat that is they were very finely crushed?
This is off-topic but what should other parameters read? I've only ever cycled one tank so I am new to this. I would just find it easier to have this on one section on the forum rather than two.