1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons) --46 gallons
2. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or saltwater? --freshwater
3. How long the aquarium has been setup --since july 4th, fish were added on the 9th
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know) --three lyretail mollies, one black molly, two male guppies, three female guppies, and an albino cory catfish
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium? --various fake plants, anacharis and moneywort
6. What make/model filter are you using? Emperor 400
7. Are you using a CO2 unit? I don't know what that is...
8. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? It is in a large upstairs room with several windows but it is in a corner so there isnt any direct sunlight.
9. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? I am breaking in the tank so I havent changed the water yet.
10.How often and what foods do you feed your fish? I feed a small pinch of flake food once a day and a variety wafer once a day for my catfish.
11.Is your aquarium light incandescent or fluorescent and how often is it kept on? It is florescent and is kept on during the day but not at night.
12.What specific concerns bring you here at this time? Water temperature, and one of my lyretail mollies has an injured mouth and quick moving gills. He is lying on his side on the bottom of the quarantine tank.
13. Water are your water test results for:
pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate? I took a water sample to the local petsmart (as of now I only have at home ph tests) and they said everything looked good but that my ammonia and nitrates were between .0 and .5 but that is to be expected during breakin.
OK! hopefully that helped. My white molly is the "tank bully" I checked on him at 2 o'clock and came back at 6 to find him on the tank bottom. Gills moving like mad. He looked very stressed. He would swim around for a bit and then rest on the bottom. When he does swim it seems pretty normal. His mouth however, well, it looks like he got a fat lip. My boyfriend says it looks like someone decided to fight back for a change. I had posted earlier that I am in a situation where the room the tank is in is not air conditioned, so I was afraid he wasnt getting enough oxygen. I moved him to a quarantine tank and moved him downstairs so he can be in water that is in the upper seventies. The tank is a one gallon betta tank with air filter. He seems to be responding well to the air bubbles and I put some melafix in his tank to start healing up his mouth. I am afraid he won't make it through the night.
Any insight would be great. One of my smaller cory catfishes was also attacked and he didn't make it. All of his fins and tail were gone. I was horrified. It just seems so brutal. I dont know if it was this white molly or not. I want to think it was and that he injured his mouth against plants and gravel when he was repeatedly diving for my catfish. Sad but it seems likely.
This is my first aquarium and I want so much to do this right.