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Zeetrain 03-07-2010 06:58 PM

Mollies Question
 
I was wondering how important it is to have brackish water for mollies. Will they die with out the tank water being brackish?

Markieemel 03-07-2010 08:01 PM

they wont die, they'll be totally fine in fresh water. thats how i've always raised mine for the last 5 years.

Zeetrain 03-07-2010 08:16 PM

Im trying to figure out why my friends mollies died. They were only a couple months old and they both died within 3 days. there was also a guppy in the tank with them and its not dead. Im going over to check the levels and see if they could have killed them.

Markieemel 03-07-2010 11:00 PM

that could've been it. or they could've jus been old. dont stress to much about it.

iamntbatman 03-08-2010 03:42 AM

Post the water parameters if you can. An ammonia spike or something of the sort could have been responsible.

Mollies can be kept in fresh water just fine so long as it's hard and on the basic side, but from what I've read those kept in brackish water generally grow much larger and live longer.

1077 03-08-2010 06:04 AM

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Originally Posted by iamntbatman (Post 340294)
Post the water parameters if you can. An ammonia spike or something of the sort could have been responsible.

Mollies can be kept in fresh water just fine so long as it's hard and on the basic side, but from what I've read those kept in brackish water generally grow much larger and live longer.

+one;-)

fryup 03-08-2010 06:57 AM

yep i agree with the last post too :):):)

redchigh 03-08-2010 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by fryup (Post 340332)
yep i agree with the last post too :):):)

I'm not sure how accurate it is since I've never had mollies, but one book I read a year or two ago said that there are several species of "mollies" and one of them does pretty much require brackish water.

Maybe you can find out the latin name of HIS molies and do some googling?

Zeetrain 03-08-2010 01:46 PM

Thanks for the replies. Im going over her house tonight to check the water. I got those quick dip 5 in 1 test strips.

Zeetrain 03-08-2010 10:07 PM

So I went and checked it and the Nitrites and Nitrates were both very high. So I changed the filter cartridge cuz it needed to be and I sucked out a bunch of garbidge in the gravel and added more tap water. Im going back tomorow to check the water again and probably do another water change.


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