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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
It could be that they are just stressed at their new surroundings, give them a day or so to settle in, make sure they have plenty of places to hide and that the water temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit), oh, and leave the light off for 24 hours. Adding the salt and checking the other stuff is certainly the right way to go. If the females are pregnant and you end up with fry from all three, then you'd better get yourself a bigger tank, your 9 gallon tank is barely big enough for the 4 Mollies that you already have, keep us up to date on the progress and good luck.
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.
The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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