Originally Posted by tropicalfishkeeper2
hey i have a 9.1 gal tank and i brought 4 mollies today 3 females 1 male all the females are pregnant. i put them in the tank and they seem very stressed they swim up and down not really fast but normal speed i done nitrate and nitrite test they were both 0 ppm i added some aquarium salt didnt seem to help and i added very little bio booster in my tank and my tank has been filtering for a week. i checked today after school they seem fine except for 1 female, the male keeps mating with that 1 female and it is very stressed and hides alot what should i do plz help
Male mollies will pester females to exhaustion when interested in breeding.
I would remove the fishes and take them back to the store (all of them).
I say this because you tank is too small to keep this species, and also because I do not believe your tank is ready for fish after running but for a week before fishes were introduced.
In a Cycled tank, which can take six to eight weeks (read up on this), there will be zero ammonia,zero nitrites,and there should be a reading for NitrAtes.(10 to 40 ppm),
If you have a friend or family member with an established (cycled) aquarium, then you can shorten the time it takes for tank to be ready for fish. Otherwise ,the tank must go through cycling period which as mentioned can take a few week's.
Should you decide you wish not to remove the fish,(I would) then I would still remove the male for the females will soon produce (if they don't succumb to ammonia,nitrite poisoning) more fry than your tank can support, and you will in my view,need to perform DAILY or TWICE daily 50 percent water change while feeding the remaining two female fish a tiny amount of food ONCE every other day until the tank reads zero for ammonia, nitrites, each day,all day, and you also have some level of NitrAtes.