Sailfin mollies and salt?
Do mollies or sailfin mollies specifically, need salt in thier water? I read everywhere that they need salt but they do sometimes come from pure freshwater in the wild. Would they be okay in pure freshwater? I ask because I want to put them with my firemouth cichlids(which come from the same enviornment) but I wanted to add corys but corys and salt don't mix. The tank is 29 gallons but I will be upgrading to a larger 40 or 50 gallon tank eventually. Can anybody help me?
My mollies are in pure freshwater and doing fine. The important thing for mollies is that they do not do well in water with a low mineral content. My water is over 10 degrees of GH and of KH and has a pH of over 7.5. Mollies do very well in my water and I also keep cories in it. If you have soft water or low pH water, the sea salt can help by adding mineral content and raising the pH.
I see another possible problem though. A firemouth is a rather large and aggressive fish to place in a tank with mollies and cories. You may want to consider the mix you are setting up.
Thank you so much! The tank has a ph of around 7.2 so it's pretty close to nuetral but it does have a pretty high Kh. As for the firemouths. I don't think there will be much of a problem with them. They are cichlids but they mind thier own business for the most part. Plus I have done quite a bit of research and I believe the combo will work. They do come from mexico like the mollies and they like the same water. Plus they dwell on different levels of the aquarium.
Now I do know this dosen't garantee success but I have seen many people mix small and large central american cichlids with livebearers like swordtails and mollies. I will be there to seprate them if things do get out of hand though.
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