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Marien29 02-01-2013 02:27 AM

New to fishkeeping
Hi, i have a 60l tank with 2 mollies (Sandy and Danny), 2 platies (Dorris and Marble) 2honey gourami ( Ben and Geri ) and 7 neons (Norris, Borris, Connie, Frankie, Bonnie, Clyde and Symore) im worried about my mollies, they are normally so much fun they come to the front of the tank when i go near them, they clean the glass i like to call it blowing kisses, if i have to put my hand in they come to me and swim around me , they swim together and seem to be playing but yesterday they started just laying on the bottom not doing much, i have had the water test done and its all good, they still eat, thanks in advance for any advice xx

AndrewM21 02-01-2013 03:55 AM


Originally Posted by Marien29 (Post 1414782)
i have had the water test done and its all good

What were the readings? What this done via strip or liquid kit?

Romad 02-01-2013 04:16 AM

Hello and welcome to the forum :wave:

Can you have your water hardness tested? I pulled this off of our Tropical Fish Profiles (top of main page of forum)

Ideal water parameters for Common Molly

Medium hard to hard (10-30 dGH), basic (pH 7.5 to 8.5), temperature 21-28C/70-82F. This fish cannot survive healthily in soft or acidic water. Many sources recommend brackish water, though in its habitat the fish generally prefers freshwater. The black strain will be healthier at the warmer end of the temperature range, and most sources recommend brackish water.

Marien29 02-01-2013 01:37 PM

Hi, it was a liquid test at the local aquarium centre, ammonia is 0, nitrate 5 nitrite 0 and ph 7.5, the temp is 29 xx

Brandy13 02-03-2013 10:08 AM

Have they had any algae to graze on? Mine always perk up when I feed live foods as well.

Thoth 02-03-2013 10:22 AM

How long has the tank been setup? Are you sure that you are not confusing the results of the Nitrate and Nitrite test? 5 ppm of Nitrate is a safe level but 5 ppm of Nitrite is very damaging to fish. Are the fish breathing rapidly on the bottom? Regardless of your answers, you should do a 50% water change.

Marien29 02-04-2013 03:37 AM

The nitrate is 5, the nitrite is 0, the tank has been set up since October, they are always cleaning the glass and grazing on the bottom xx

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