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Cauldron 02-25-2010 10:21 AM

Beginner's molly troubles
Hello everyone,

We're beginners at the fish hobby, had our 6 gallon (23 litres) tank about 2 months. Being beginners, we trusted the personnel at the aquarium store (huge trustworthy-looking place..) to give us good advice and went home with 3 black molly and 2 bamboo shrimp. Both of these species will outgrow 6 gallons, we now realize :(

One of the shrimp has died since then, and today I found one of the two female mollies dead in the tank. She'd been getting the cold shoulder from the other two and some of her fins had split, she was also pretty thin for a while so we realized she wasn't doing well. So now I've got a one-male-one-female situation on my hands, which isn't too ideal according to what I've been reading. Will these two be able to keep the peace or will the female be pestered? She just gave birth to 8 fry and is looking well at the moment.

From what I understand I can either split them up (got a spare 6 gallon tank, not cycled) or ad more (they are 2,5cm-3cm long now, if they survive we will have to buy a bigger tank anyway..) to save their social life? There's also the question of what to do with the fry...I counted 6 of them today, they're a few days old. If I put them in the spare tank it would have to be cycled with the fry in it, and 6 of them might crowd it?

Thanks in advance!

TankMAster 02-25-2010 11:45 AM

Personally I think you should just squeeze your filter media over your new filter and in the new tank......

This will be a fish-less cycle. You can put the adults in 2 days after you apply the media 'juice' to both the new tank at it's filter.

These are hardy fish and will survive in small enclosures such as your 6 gallon.

Have you done large water changes recently?
Have you changed the temperature of the water?
What filtration are you using?

Just work on a bigger enclosure and use your smaller tanks for the fry.

Cauldron 02-27-2010 09:26 AM

Thanks for your reply!

That sounds like it will work..I change about 2.5 gallon each week, temp is 27c, filtration is a fluval with three steps (both 6 gallon tanks are the same model, the fluval edge).

I could move the babies into the new tank (counted them again today at feeding time, none has died or gotten eaten...still 8 of them) but that won't solve my adult molly social problem? Or will one male and one female be able to live together without stressing eachother out?

fryup 02-27-2010 01:05 PM

that depends on the male for example i have 1 male platy and 1 female the only reason i diddent get more females was because my male isnt that interested in her so if your male dosnt bother your female then they will live happily but if your male bothers her then get 2-4 more females the spread the males attention....:):):)

TankMAster 02-28-2010 09:43 AM

I agree with you fryup

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