09-06-2011, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by mattfishgeek
hey guys ive heard alot of opinions on "shimmy". i specialise in breeding mollys my self and i have come across it many times. I have my own way of dealing with it and my own opinion on it but would be interesting to hear from you guys. what causes it? how to treat it? have you come across it and with what species?
Look forward to hearing from my fellow fish lovers ............
Mollie's,assuming they are kept in hard alkaline water around 80 degree's F have faired well for me but to keep them,, I must adjust water by adding buffer or crushed coral to the filter for my water is not quite hard enough.
Other's use a bit of salt for these fish which seem's to help.(still need fairly hard water)
My own opinion, and nothing more, is that breeder's of these fish found that they often do better with a bit of salt and so they raise the fish in slightly brackish water.
It is much more difficult in my view to introduce fishes raised in this way(brackish condition's) to freshwater,than it is to introduce fishes bred in freshwater to salt.
Those with soft water also use Marine Salt at half dose suggested for marine application's to both increase hardness,and supply a bit of salt as well.