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Zombie 07-27-2009 08:34 PM

Mollies, Platies, Guppies and Swordtails.
I am doing research for setting up a 29 gallon main tank. So far the stocking consists of nine Mollies. I am curious as to how many Guppies, Platies and Swordtails I can fit along with the Mollies into this tank. I will be doing bi-weekly water changes and scrubbing down the tank once every two months. There /may/ be live plants and driftwood but both are still undecided other than maybe some java moss. Any plants put in will be low maintinence, low light plants. The substrate will be gravel and there will be an underground filter as well as any others I may need. 7.2-7.4 will be the ph level. All of the tanks will undergo a fishless cycle so I'm not left with unwanted fish in the end.

As far as fry go, I have two ten gallon tanks; one without a hood, as well as a five gallon and many one gallon vases and bowls. I also have an ACF and will be purchasing two male Bettas soon that can have some as well. I will not save every last batch of fry. Those I do save and aren't given to my ACF or Bettas, will be given or sold to my local LFS and friends. (I have one friend whose brother has a AKF and Ropefish and she's looking to get mollies anyways.)

As food goes, what would be good variation for these four species and their fry? I have Tropical Flakes as well as frozen and freeze-dried blood worms. For the fry I was going to just crush the tropical flakes finely. I will also give the adults Zuchini slices and both fry and adults will have a regular supply of algae in their tanks. Would they like algae wafers, too? I was going to treat some tap water and put clean decorative rocks with the water in a jar and set it in the window sil, placing them in the tank when they had as much as I liked on them. Would this be enough variation? I have a few medium shrimp pellets I could crush a little and give them, too. Would the fry eat that is they were very finely crushed?

This is off-topic but what should other parameters read? I've only ever cycled one tank so I am new to this. I would just find it easier to have this on one section on the forum rather than two.

Thanks much,

Oldman47 07-28-2009 05:10 PM

The adults and fry will all do well on a diet of high protein flake with a heavy veggie content. They will also thoroughly enjoy algae wafers. Since you have already decided on 20 inches or more of mollies, your added fish numbers will be very limited in a new tank.

Zombie 07-28-2009 05:26 PM

How about the tank without the hood. The hood will probably be next to last. If I put a towel over it or something would it be okay? I'm just afraid of anything airborne that may find it's way to the tank.

Zombie 07-28-2009 06:44 PM

How many Guppies could be put in a ten gallon without over-stocking? I went to get my API Master Test Kit today and didn't see any swords. I'm second-guessing the platies. Sorry about all the questions.

Oldman47 07-30-2009 08:59 PM

You might get away with 7 or 8 healthy guppies n a 10 gallon but beware. I have a 10 gallon that I put 3 guppies in 6 months ago. Their present population is likely to result in some deaths soon and I have nowhere that I am willing to put them. Guppies are prolific to say the least.

Zombie 07-30-2009 09:06 PM

Okay. I finished stocking plans for my 29.

9 Mollies (3m 2f)
2 guppies(m)
6 corydoras(??)

I'm thinking about a goldie in the hooded 10 and I haven't decided on my 5 yet. The other 10 will be for fry.

brianfish 08-05-2009 11:17 AM

I have a twenty gallon tank with six mollies, four guppies, five swords, six platys, one corydora cat, and one algae eater, small, and they do very well together. The fun of a community tank is the different varieties one can have in a tank. Live bearers are easy and they tend to be tolerent of eachother, at least in my experience. My tank has as many as thirty fry swinning with these adults, and they get along great most of the time. I plan on setting up a ten gallon tank for a breeding tank very soon. Most folks are very conservative on the amount of fish they claim you can have, but with an underground filter, and a good pump to keep the water moving, you can easily raise what I have in my tank. I'm not an expert, just a guy who loves his fish.

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