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I have a ten gallon tank with 3 small mollies, 1 sunburst platy, 2 ghost shrimp and 1 snail. First does that sound too crowded? They are all very tiny at the moment. One of my ghost shrimp just hides, doesnt move that often. My main concern is my sunburst. She just swims up and down the glass staring at her reflection and doesnt interact with the other fish. Do they not get along? There is no sign of aggression by either species, they just leave her to her swimming but I feel bad. Should I add another one like her in there? Also my snail is a gold mystery snail. Some people said they are asexual.? Thanks for all the help.
 

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I have a ten gallon tank with 3 small mollies, 1 sunburst platy, 2 ghost shrimp and 1 snail. First does that sound too crowded? They are all very tiny at the moment. One of my ghost shrimp just hides, doesnt move that often. My main concern is my sunburst. She just swims up and down the glass staring at her reflection and doesnt interact with the other fish. Do they not get along? There is no sign of aggression by either species, they just leave her to her swimming but I feel bad. Should I add another one like her in there? Also my snail is a gold mystery snail. Some people said they are asexual.? Thanks for all the help.
Is your tank cycled? Your fish could be responding to high levels of ammonia or nitrites. What are your water parameters? If you don't have a test kit go get the API liquid test kit.

Those fish should not have any problems together. Sounds like your Platy is stressed for some reason, that would explain the moving up and down the glass. Your tank does not sound over crowded, but if the fish are behaving stressed, I'm guessing you have a problem with your water parameters.

I don't think Mystery snails are asexual, so you shouldn't worry about getting more if you just have one.

Welcome to the forum!

Gwen
 
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Thankyou I bought a test kit and my tank is perfect. The shrimp seems to be acting a little better today, as well as the fish. Im concerned about my snail, I have not once seen it eat any food. Heard the algae wafers are good? Wont the fish and shrimp just eat them before the snail has a chance?
 

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If the snail is active, I'm sure it will be fine. They like to eat the biofilm, algae, and such thats all over the glass. They'll also eat any tiny specks of food left over from the fish.

As for the sunburst- how long have you had it? Some fish do that until they get used to the tank. Are there hiding places in the tank? (fake/real plants, rockwork, driftwood, etc)

The shrimp is hiding because of your 'giant' fish in the tank. It'll get over it's fear eventually.
 

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I'd get another platy, most fish prefer being in pairs.
 

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The snail is very active now, I bought some algae wafers and it really got it active. The sunburst is acting alittle better, I purchased it on Tuesday so I'm assuming it needs to adjust. I have 4 live plants and 2 fake rocks. BUT, I just tested my water, and my nitrite seems to be a little high. Its in the lower stress level, Im assuming the tank is still cycling, it is only a week old. The girl at the store said only do 20% water changes once a week, but some websites say to do 50% everyday if there are fish in the tank. I trust you on here to know what is correct. Thanks I don't want to harm my fish
 

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hello and welcome. :-D
 

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The snail is very active now, I bought some algae wafers and it really got it active. The sunburst is acting alittle better, I purchased it on Tuesday so I'm assuming it needs to adjust. I have 4 live plants and 2 fake rocks. BUT, I just tested my water, and my nitrite seems to be a little high. Its in the lower stress level, Im assuming the tank is still cycling, it is only a week old. The girl at the store said only do 20% water changes once a week, but some websites say to do 50% everyday if there are fish in the tank. I trust you on here to know what is correct. Thanks I don't want to harm my fish

Any bit of nitrites will stress and perhaps kill your fish. Don't listen to the pet store lady. Do a water change everyday if you have nitrites. A 10 gal is a small tank so 50% or less will be good. Also, buy Prime Seachem as your water conditioner, it also will neutralize any nitrites, ammonia or nitrates for 24 hours, so that will help you too.

Best of luck, but if your tank is only one week old you may have a couple/few weeks to go until your tank is cycled. Water changes (frequent) are the only thing you can do to keep from killing your fish.

Sounds like you're doing good things by your fish, so far.

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what type of snail??? if its a pond/pouch snail, malasian trumpet snail or ramshorn snail, it will reproduce quickly. but if it is any other snails, and complications come up with water quality, it will most likely go first. so if its not a pest snail from above then watch it carefully also. as for the ghost shrimps, they tend to be very hardy knowing inverts get affected by chemicals fast but for some reason my ghosts can take alot of damage. been through cycles twice lol. your tank is "perfect" for starting a cycle lol. watch ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates. i prefer a high dose of nitrite ---> nitrate but that will most likely kill your fish.. easier to tell that it will complete but will affect your fishes. do your water changes should be fine, condition your water also. ive read through many forums and used many conditioners. my hair is perfect. but the conditioner im talking about is one of my favorite Seachem's "PRIME". listed above
 

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The snail is a gold mystery snail who, once comfortable, eats everything and goes pretty fast up and down the walls. My tank seems to be done cycling? Can that really happen in only a week? All of my levels are perfect and I checked the amonia at the store and it was 0. Maybe my plants sped up the process, but the tank seems to be doing great with all the fish thriving. I made a new post about my white molly possibly being pregnant? If you get a chance if you want to look at the picture I posted. Thankyou to everyone who replied to my post, I really appreciate all of the help you all gave me! Look forward to asking you more questions!
 

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The snail is a gold mystery snail who, once comfortable, eats everything and goes pretty fast up and down the walls. My tank seems to be done cycling? Can that really happen in only a week? All of my levels are perfect and I checked the amonia at the store and it was 0. Maybe my plants sped up the process, but the tank seems to be doing great with all the fish thriving. I made a new post about my white molly possibly being pregnant? If you get a chance if you want to look at the picture I posted. Thankyou to everyone who replied to my post, I really appreciate all of the help you all gave me! Look forward to asking you more questions!

Be careful. A week seems unlikely. I thought I had a cycled tank, because I was only testing for ammonia and nitrates. Nitrites are worse than nitrates and come after ammonia. If you don't have a liquid nitrite test kit, get one - you'll likely have those next. They will kill your fish, unless you do very frequent water changes to keep them at 0.

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1 week is too soon. i wouldnt plan on saying its safe. although it could happen. did you happen to check your water parameters when you started? if they were 0/0/0 and have not changed in a week then your cycle has not started yet.
 

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I agree, probably need a liquid test set.

Plants can absorb ammonia as their source for N, but since nitrite appeared, there's obviously a surplus of ammonia.

(If plants use it, they use the ammonia form and the numbers will stay 0/0/0 or very close to it... Of course, that takes a lot more plants than you have.)
 

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mmm if plants are used the numbers should not be 0/0/0 it should have some nitrates, since plants dont absorb nitrates, the numbers should go up to 0/0/X..
 

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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Other members are guiding you through the cycling issues, so I can stay out of that.

Glad you joined us.

Byron.
 
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