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Blaxicanlatino 09-01-2008 04:15 PM

First time...Molly
My betta just recently passed away and Ive been considering purchasing Mollies. Should I? THe tank is a 10 gallon with an amazon sword plant and multiple moneyworts. The parameters are: pH=6.5, temp= 80 degrees F. The tank also inhabits about 6 ghost shrimps. Im thinking of getting 2 female mollies and 1 male.

Little-Fizz 09-01-2008 05:01 PM

Mollys need minimum 20 gallon tank size.

okiemavis 09-01-2008 05:47 PM

It depends on what type of molly you want. The shortfins will do fine in a 10G, the sailfins need a 20G. Also, you'll need to plan for what to do with all the fry they give birth to, which they inevitably will.

Mollies prefer more alkaline water than you have. There are other livebearers which would be better suited to your tank like guppies or endlers.

Blaxicanlatino 09-01-2008 08:43 PM

hmmm I see. so they wouldnt be okay in my acidic conditions? and their the short tailed kind. the kind that get about 2.5 in

okiemavis 09-01-2008 08:54 PM

Mollies can be pretty hardy critters. However, I wouldn't keep them in a very low ph. Alkaline is ideal. Actually, brackish is ideal. Mollies tolerate a huge range of salinity- you can even keep them in fully marine conditions.

Blaxicanlatino 09-02-2008 11:54 AM

I do have a brackish tank with at least a teaspoon per 5 gallons. cant they tolerate my acidic conditions?

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