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post #11 of 29 Old 04-16-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
She just started peeling after the incident but, they have never had any problems before with the stock
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post #12 of 29 Old 04-16-2010, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
i was told my tank was only a tiny bit crowed and there should be 2 inches of fish per gallon this fish grows about 1 and a half inches long and 10 gallons so......... but I am very, very worried about my one fish i have never had this happen in my tank
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There should be one inch of fish at the maximum per gallon.
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post #14 of 29 Old 04-16-2010, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
But that means according to that rule that my tank is still ok. Because that would equeal 9 inches of fish and i have a 10 gallon tank. But is there anything i can do to help my poor fish?!?!?!?!
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post #15 of 29 Old 04-16-2010, 09:53 PM
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don't forget the dozens of babies they'll be having, they'll all mature to be 1.5" PLUS.

No, I'm sorry, there's nothing you can do to help your fish. If she's suffering unduly I would put her down humanely.
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post #16 of 29 Old 04-16-2010, 11:14 PM
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Your tank is VERY overstocked
6 mollies in a 10G??????

Quick to jump to capitalized extremes, aren't we? Unless we're talking sailfins or something, I would very much disagree with your categorization.
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post #17 of 29 Old 04-16-2010, 11:20 PM
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There should be one inch of fish at the maximum per gallon.

That "rule" is so simplistic and inaccurate, it isn't even funny. And it's a "safe-side" rule, created for the sake of newbies. It definitely is NOT a "maximum allowable" capacity. On a more accurate surface area calculation, your basic 10-gallon long aquarium is sufficient for approx. 17 inches of fish!
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post #18 of 29 Old 04-17-2010, 12:19 AM
BTW...I think it is worth mentioning that the above calculations do not include accommodation for improvements in capacity for improved aeration (i.e. power filtration, air stones,flow-through systems, etc.), live plants, etc.
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post #19 of 29 Old 04-17-2010, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
well i guess my fish tank stoch won't really matter since everone had proclaimed that my fish will die or that i should just put it down thanks but no thanks i was trying to find someways to save my fish not to just hear that she is going to die
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post #20 of 29 Old 04-17-2010, 10:01 AM
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Okay on the whole overstocked thing.... inches of fish is a very inaccurate way to calculate available space in your aquarium. For example lets look at these 2 1" fish: The dwarf puffer, who has a very high bioload and needs about 3-5g to itself and the endlers livebearer, who has a very low bioload and only needs about .25-.5g per fish.

So stocking according to how long the fish is is not a very accurate way of thinking. In order to more accurately check whether you are ovestocked and how you can fix it, I recommend you plug your tank stats into aqadvisor.com.


Now about the fish: you will really want to make a post in the disease section. There is absolutely NO way even the most experienced fish keepers can give you a 100% certain diagnosis without knowing your ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH levels, knowing your tank maintenance schedule and seeing a picture.

We're not fish psychics... when you give us little to no background information we can't give you a straightforward yes-or-no answer.
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