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Stocking Question for a 10 gallon!
Old 07-17-2009, 08:04 AM   #11
 
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I agree with ghreed. Since you're not getting an oscar anymore, then you can only start with a few fish.

My mollies started with 1 black male, 1 silver female and 2 black females. The offspring are all black or dalmatians. In a few months there were lots of fry that I had to resort to feeding the smallest fry to the largest of my bettas just to reduce their numbers. It's nice being able to predict what fry will come out. I guess lyretails can be mixed with ordinary-finned ones but nothing too extreme like sailfins or balloons.

The resulting fry will then grow up and become the other inhabitants of the tank.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:18 AM   #12
 
I'm planning on giving to friends and selling the fry to a LFS after they come of age. About how old will they have to be to sell to a LFS? They sexually mature at six months, correct?
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:24 AM   #13
 
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I don't recall the exact age but I think it's around 6 months. It depends on the LFS on what age/size do they prefer to buy.

Don't start with too many. You can start with 4 and see how fast they breed. If it's not to your satisfaction, then you can add another. Just be sure to maintain at least a 1:2 male-female ratio.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:27 AM   #14
 
And how about the stocking of four females to my step-brother's ten gallon? (previous page)
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:37 AM   #15
 
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I guess the four females are okay. But you mentioned that you're afraid of agression from male mollies. From both my experience and reading, male mollies are not agressive with each other. Swordtails are the ones known for male agression and from my experience, it isn't even lethal. It's just to establish a pecking order. All I saw from my two male swordtails (no female tankmates) was some chasing and that was it. They calmed down eventualy.

I'd recommend males for the 10g. But it's up to you.
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