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post #1 of 13 Old 03-07-2010, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering how important it is to have brackish water for mollies. Will they die with out the tank water being brackish?
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-07-2010, 08:01 PM
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they wont die, they'll be totally fine in fresh water. thats how i've always raised mine for the last 5 years.
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post #3 of 13 Old 03-07-2010, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Im trying to figure out why my friends mollies died. They were only a couple months old and they both died within 3 days. there was also a guppy in the tank with them and its not dead. Im going over to check the levels and see if they could have killed them.
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-07-2010, 11:00 PM
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that could've been it. or they could've jus been old. dont stress to much about it.
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-08-2010, 03:42 AM
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Post the water parameters if you can. An ammonia spike or something of the sort could have been responsible.

Mollies can be kept in fresh water just fine so long as it's hard and on the basic side, but from what I've read those kept in brackish water generally grow much larger and live longer.

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Post the water parameters if you can. An ammonia spike or something of the sort could have been responsible.

Mollies can be kept in fresh water just fine so long as it's hard and on the basic side, but from what I've read those kept in brackish water generally grow much larger and live longer.
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-08-2010, 06:57 AM
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yep i agree with the last post too :):):)

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yep i agree with the last post too :):):)
I'm not sure how accurate it is since I've never had mollies, but one book I read a year or two ago said that there are several species of "mollies" and one of them does pretty much require brackish water.

Maybe you can find out the latin name of HIS molies and do some googling?

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post #9 of 13 Old 03-08-2010, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. Im going over her house tonight to check the water. I got those quick dip 5 in 1 test strips.
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-08-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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So I went and checked it and the Nitrites and Nitrates were both very high. So I changed the filter cartridge cuz it needed to be and I sucked out a bunch of garbidge in the gravel and added more tap water. Im going back tomorow to check the water again and probably do another water change.
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