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 Post subject: My poor fish
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:08 pm 
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I have 2 male mollys and now no females they both died sometime during the night I saw my silver sharks munching on them post mortem but never went near them before so I don't think thats the problem everything tests out ok so i'm baffled I think my boyfriend and I have both been feeding the fish so they may have died from overfeeding there is also 2 frogs 2 tiger looking things no idea they look like catfish and are always hiding and 3 guppies any ideas sugggestions comments on the set up ect any input would be great

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 Post subject: Molly's
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:25 am 
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The biggest mistake most people make is over feeding.This quickly pollutes the water and can lead to a variety of problems and disease.Overfed fish(like people) are not healthy.Overfeeding can even prevent
fish from breeding.Feed your fish once or twice a day,only small amounts-
what they can eat in 2 minutes or less.If they had to-healthy,adult fish could go a long time w/out being fed.
Changing 25% of your water while siphoning debris from the gravel every
week or so is very important(use water conditioner,temperate water).
Molly's are not a beginer's fish.They do best in brackish water or at
least hard,high p.h. water.I believe black Molly's are the most difficult and
really need brackish water.If you have those balloon Molly's,they are an
altered,unatural version and at best would not be very hardy.Also,molly's need a diet high in vegtable matter.
Those tiger,catfish looking fish are probably loaches if cylindar shaped.
You didn't give many particulars on tank.The Molly's could have died for many diffrent reasons.
Two things that saved me money,time and kept my intrest in the hobby were joing the BAS and getting a good book on keeping fishes.

Good Luck w/your fish. Tom


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:13 pm 
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I have 2 tanks a 30 gallon and a 15 the 30 has 2 real plants and 3 plastic plants a bio wheel in both and heaters a small castle and driftwood in the 15 I have some pictures of my set up here http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/tinkk1979 ... /my_photos
the pics are not that great I have video as well but have no idea how to post those

the 30 has 2 mollys left 1 loach? one is missing no idea he is prob under rocks like last time 2 small frogs 2 silver shark catfish I have heard conflicting reports about how big they will get may need a bigger tank soon they are only about 1 and a half inches and 3 fancy tailed guppys 1 male and 2 females I bought the tank with all included

the fifteen has 4 dwarf puffers they were the reason for getting the different tank nippers and one barb they leave alone for some reason the pictures are from move in day for the different tank I can take more I also added more plants since the pics were taken

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:12 pm 
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I'll second what Tom said :D


How long have you had the 30g running ?

(I find mollies in particular don't do well in newly setup tanks)

when you say "everything tests out ok" - what were you testing ?
could you list the pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate if you know them ?

How recently was some water changed ? how much ?

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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