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Zombie 07-22-2009 12:56 PM

Molly Fry Questions.
Would am underground filter, a few live plants, some driftwood and some algae covered rocks be okay for a molly fry tank? There will me a substrate of small river gravel. Also, what should the ph level be for fryto thrive? They will be assorted mollie fry.

Fishin Pole 07-22-2009 04:38 PM

for a fry growout tank i woudnt put any type of substrate in.........alot of fish , also means alo of poop...its easier to clean a empty bottom, than one filled with gravel........for the plants, of course now with no substrate, you can only do some type of floating plant, which the fry will enjoy the cover and security.......I dont suggest driftwood in a molly fry tank because ideally the Ph should be rather near 7.5 to 8.0 for mollies, but they will do well in a lower Ph, just nothing real drastically low.....Whatever your tanks are now, is what you should go with for the fry tank, no reason to mess with the Ph.....For a filter, i suggest a sponge filter........Fry cant get sucked up in it and its works well for a smaller tank...........The algae covered rocks, im not sure about.....I dont know when the fry woudl start to eat the algae, or if they would at all

Regular tank maintainance and frequent water changes will help the fry grow.........water quality is key with any type of fry, or any fish for that matter.......Hope this helps.....Good Luck!

Zombie 07-22-2009 05:47 PM

What if I put small glass candle holders in with gravel and some plants? I don't have my other tanks set up yet and I am doing the research ahead of time so I'll have the tank cycle to the same parameters as my Molly tank? There will be cories in with them in the main tank so the Ph will have to be a little low. Like 7.2-7.3. Will that be okay? As for the filter, any idea how much a Sponge filter is? I'm trying to get the gravel, test kit and filters first and once I have all of that, I'm going to get the plants and driftwood to start cycling. I'm getting money off of babysitting and that's it so I have some time before anything major happens. I can't get a job because school starts in a month and I am going into high school. I'm in the Graphic Arts Academy as well as dual enrollment and have a lot going on so I can't maintain any sort of job after all the work I'll be doing for school. although my birthday is in October and Christmas is not far after that, so hopefully soon. It's going to be $100+ for just the gravel and the underground filter for my other 10gal. I can't seem to find any sponge filters online. I use a disposable filter in my 5gal. What if I used that? I don't think fry could get sucked into. I always find underground filters so much easier, though. I don't mind the extra cleaning if the fry will be okay.

Guppyluver4ever 07-22-2009 10:27 PM

just put in some gravel and some plants, i did it and it has worked out great, the only things i would consider is getting a smaller tank, because you didnt mention a heater and fry need to be kept around 78 Fahrenheit.... you could get a 5 gallon tank with no heater, its just less water that needs to be heated the better

Zombie 07-22-2009 10:32 PM

I'll be getting a heater. I'm sorry. I'm having health issues and not thinking straight. I'll need the ten gal because I'll have six female mollies.

Fishin Pole 07-23-2009 05:52 AM

I wouldnt go to a smaller tank for the fry.......If anything i would go to a 20 long if thats an option for you...Fry will do better in a larger tank, and the water quality will be better for a longer time......Its easier to maintain a larger tank for water parameters than it is a small tank.........Sponge filters are relatively cheap, i know the one's i used for 10 gallon tanks are under $10, but you will need an air pump for it............I have never been a fan of undergravel filters, but its your tank and if you like them, i would say use them.........The Ph should be fine for your mollies and their fry, as i stated before, i wouldnt start messing with your Ph to suit your fish, i would buy fish that suit your tap water Ph...With 6 female mollies, your gonna need more than one tank for your fry to grow out in............

Zombie 07-23-2009 02:45 PM

A 20 long isn't an option for me and I'm only going to save some fry. Any that are born in the tank are on their own and a lot of them are going to be fed to the gourami and betta I'm getting as well as my ACF. The ones I let grow out will be sold or given to an LFS, few will be kept in the main tank after adulthood to prevent breeding parents with children. If I end up with something spectacular I may put it in the main tank, but that's it. I have a friend whos brother has a BGF and a ropefish and my father has a 20in catfish, so if I can't manage to get fid of some, I'd rather give them to them for feeders than have them buy those goldfish.

Zombie 07-23-2009 02:45 PM

And I have about five airpumps, so all is well in that department.

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