I am getting 8 baby mollies, just born a couple days ago, from someone for free.
I have a 30 gallon hexagon tank that is well planted, has driftwood, and java moss. My last fish died off recently and for a few weeks it's been running with just a legion of little snails living in it.
I've been reading about Mollies, but I've read so many different things. Will they be alright in my freshwater tank? I have it planted with freshwater plants, so does that mean adding aquarium salt isn't a good option? I had the water at a safe pH for my tetras that were in there. I am going to retest here in a minute to see exactly what the pH and hardness are now. How sensitive are mollies to soft water? Our tap water is pretty hard, so I guess they are well suited for my area.
How long does it take before Mollies start reproducing? I was thinking I might have to separate them by sex, but I'm not sure how quickly they grow and when I'll be able to tell...
And my last question--what tank mates do you have with your Mollies? (Assuming I keep it freshwater.) I've read differing things about what's safe to keep with Mollies and what isn't. I'd like to get some Silver Hatchet fish, and maybe something colorful my toddler would like. (Of course I'll wait quite awhile before adding new fish, so as not to overwhelm the bio load...I'm a little concerned about adding the 8 babies at once.)
Any thoughts? I want to make sure I'm doing the right things.