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post #1 of 5 Old 01-17-2011, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy molly in a 1 1/2 gallon tank

hi about a week ago i went to the fish store to get a friend for my female betta she was in a tiny betta cube and looked very unhappy so i went out and got a 1.5 gallon tank and went to buy a friend i asked them what she would get along with and they said any thing without a flowing tail. so i picked out a fish and was on my way, they knew it was going to be in a small tank with her and didnt say anything , and i wasent even sure what kind of fish it was . . . so i looked it up today and found out it is a Damation Molly !!!! ive read up on them and 1 1/2 gallon is awful what do i do? she seems to be bullying my betta and the betta today has a red mark on her back did the molly bite her? my brother is getting a 10 gallon soon do i just keep her in mine till then ???

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-17-2011, 06:28 AM
1.5 gallons is very small for a molly. i have 3 mollys in my 65L (17 gallon) tank and they swim around a lot so they need more room then your betta tank. Your molly is probably stressed in there. Id take out your betta into a separate tank with just to be sure you have 2 fish in a week, and when you get the bigger tank put the molly into that one.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-17-2011, 06:59 AM
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Are you able to purchase larger tanks soon, or are you dead set on waiting for the ten gallon? If you can, I'd set up a larger tank for the molly (the betta can survive in the 1.5 for a bit) with aeration and a filter. If not, then I'd do your best to get seperate small tanks, and then put the molly in the ten gallon once your brother gets it.

PS: a 1.5 gallon tank is too small for any fish. Including betta fish. I would reccomend nothing under 3 gallons.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-17-2011, 07:06 AM
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Any respectable fish store employee would have told you that the tank was too small for two fish never mind one fish. Grrrr!

If you can't get a larger tank set up soon, bring the poor molly back to the store until you can get a proper home set up for them.

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Any respectable fish store employee would have told you that the tank was too small for two fish never mind one fish. Grrrr!

If you can't get a larger tank set up soon, bring the poor molly back to the store until you can get a proper home set up for them.

Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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