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joe12 11-21-2008 05:43 AM

Re-Will these fish get along???
2-part question:

1.) Will 2 angel fish, 4 male molly fish, and 6 cory cats get along in a 55-gallon tank? Is it too small?

2.) Will 2 small blood parrots, 4 male molly fish, and 6 cory cats get along in a 55-gallon tank? Is it too small?

kritas 11-21-2008 05:51 AM

The angels will do fine. No to the blood parrots.
IMHO, Angels deserve a tall tank, nothing under 75G and 2 foot tall. Almost everyone would disagree with me, but like I said, JMO.

Chrisseh 11-21-2008 07:22 AM

No to the parrot and yes to the angels. That should work out fine.

joe12 11-21-2008 03:11 PM

So the parrots are out...
However, I've heard that mollys tend to prefer hard water, and angels and corys soft water...Is this true? And do corys and angels like aquarium salt like mollys?

kritas 11-22-2008 01:28 AM

No fresh water fish likes aquarium salt. Mollys do not like it either....................
I am 1 million percent against the use of any amount of salt useage in the freshwater industry. I nearly told off my boss yesterday when he was saying dose once a month to a customer, but I value my job(and my income)......

Yes aquarium salt is good for your tank, but not at all for your fish, and they will start to suffer if you start to dose it... IME, people dose once a week when doing water changes... They think doing one 25% water change takes all the salt out of their tank. Its quite obvious that it only takes out 25% of the salt, and then on top of that, they add another doseage...
I reccomend, that if you really are into ujsing salt, then only dose at maximum once every half yearly...

Not really a fan of mollys and am not sure what their PH preference is....
But, an interesting fact I have recently learned about PH changes..........

a ph reading of 7 is neutral, correct? when PH changes, it is a change of water quality by 10 fold...
SO!... When your ph jumps from say 7 to 8, it has changed 10 fold. if it jumps from 7-9, it is a change 100 fold. and so forth...
It is a logarithmic equation.....

Just thought id throw that in hehe

Kim 11-22-2008 07:31 PM

What we really need to know is the pH of your tap water. Most fish will adapt to pH values that are not completely "perfect" just fine. So, depending on whether your water is a happy medium between both species' preferences or not it may or may not work. If you already have soft water I would do some tetras instead of the mollies.

iamntbatman 11-26-2008 01:52 AM

Some people have also noted that mollies will nip at the long flowing fins of angels, but mollies are pretty goofy fish so it could be worth a shot. Mollies do prefer harder water and can definitely tolerate salt (even full marine) but your other fish, especially the cories, will suffer from its use. could try the mollies and it might work out, but something like a school of rummynose tetras would be a safer bet, not to mention would give you a true Amazonian biotope!

aquatramp 12-05-2008 08:45 PM

I see no problem with either of the setups you listed. I'd have to say no to mollies because I don't like them (LOL) but a pair of angels in a 55 or a couple parrots are fine with your corys. Actually with the mollies, too, if you have them and a good way to get rid of all those babies.

Cody 12-05-2008 10:24 PM

No Parrots whatsoever.

Everything else is fine IMO.

CTD 12-08-2008 07:54 PM

I would not put Parrots with the Angels!
Some Mollies will nip long fins so for that reason I would not add them.
I would add Cardinal Tetras instead of Neon Tetras A full grown Angel Can eat the Neons and IMHO Cardinals are prettier than Neons.
Harlequin Rasboras would also look nice along with Cardinal Tetras and Angels.

Theres my 2 Cents!

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