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post #1 of 13 Old 07-01-2007, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Molly vs molly?

Two questions here:

Firstly, I have two mollies with the 'pointed' tail, if that makes sense - at the top and the bottom of their tail, there's an extra long bit floating behind.

In the fish shop today, they had the other kind of molly, the 'potbellied' one. I know, I'm terrible, I don't know the names!

Anyway, the guy in the pet shop told me that his mollies would fight and weren't compatible at all with my mollies. Is that true?

Secondly, my two mollies, one of which is male, one female, are swimming around and around the tank together, with one always right behind the other one's tail, pestering it. Could I have a randy male molly on my hands? It also seems to be bugging the female guppies, too!
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-01-2007, 06:31 PM
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Anyway, the guy in the pet shop told me that his mollies would fight and weren't compatible at all with my mollies. Is that true?
Happens mostly between male rivalries.
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Secondly, my two mollies, one of which is male, one female, are swimming around and around the tank together, with one always right behind the other one's tail, pestering it. Could I have a randy male molly on my hands? It also seems to be bugging the female guppies, too!
I might suggest that a sex ratio of one male to 2-3 females should be followed. Males are pessimistic in nature. I've heard of cases where mollies and guppies do crossbreed but I have yet to see the resulting fry from the two.

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So I should buy one or two new molly females? Can I get a different variety of molly, or should I stick to the same one?
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So I should buy one or two new molly females? Can I get a different variety of molly, or should I stick to the same one?
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So I should buy one or two new molly females? Can I get a different variety of molly, or should I stick to the same one?
What's the size of the tank? You can if your tank is 20 gallons or larger.

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It's roughly 8 gallons, where they're going tomorrow. There will be six female guppies, possibly my three frogs and a cleaner fish in with them.
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It's roughly 8 gallons, where they're going tomorrow. There will be six female guppies, possibly my three frogs and a cleaner fish in with them.
Which cleaner fish were you going to keep? The stocking list is pushing the limits of the 8 gallons unfortunately. Guppies alone will breed like everything is not going to end. If I were you, stick with only a trio of male guppies, one or two frogs and possibly 2 otos (if you can provide algae for them to eat). No plecs will fit in there. They are heavy waste producers and this will undermine the constant water chemistry.

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When the guppies are going to give birth, I've got a seperate tank for the fry until they're gone, so it won't be congested with too many guppies!

I've got pics of the cleaner fish I've got, which I'll upload once I get to the office today, hopefully someone can help me identify it...

What are otos?

I'm afraid my other tank is smaller, which is why I want it to house as few fish as possible; much as I'd like another 8 gallon or 10 galon tank, I just don't have room! I'm trying to find the best possible solution, which, I think, is letting the guppies have the smaller tank (which will be shared by some fry in the future, I guess), and the frogs, mollies and female guppies in the larger tank; at the moment, there'll only be four females in there anyway, as two are in the tank I've set aside for pregnant ones about to give birth, to let me control the fry a little. I've got houses set up for most of the fry to go to when they're ready from this lot, and I'll be able to find homes for any future ones, too - thank goodness I live in a country of fish-lovers! :p
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Some links you might want to read about otos.:)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otocinclus
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=923

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-02-2007, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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I called the fish stores that I know of, and they said they'd never heard of an oto and couldn't order them :(

But, here's one of my cleaner fish, which I'm pretty sure is a plec of some sort... the other's the same.





This is the new tank:





This is the smaller tank:



I've just moved the female guppies, mollies and plec into the bigger tank, though two of the girls are in the fry tank as they're about to pop - but more pics of them in another thread.
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