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  1. My experience goes back to the 1970s with marine and freshwater tanks, but very much off and on because of job related moves. After retiring, in August of 2021 I retrieved my old Tropiquarium 88 from the garage, cleaned it with vinegar and rinsed it well, then started setting up again after 16 years. It's a European Fluval/Hagen product, bought when I worked overseas, the flower of 1980s technology, with two 24" 20W fluorescent bulbs in the canopy, currently Ocean Sun 10000K. The tank holds 130 liters, or about 34.4 US gallons. The old HIT (hang-in-tank) Bio-Life filter wore out long ago. My old undergravel filter and power head still worked, at least for a few months until I had to replace the power head. I added a submersible Fluval U3 rated for 40 gallons. My gravel is a 40 lb bag of river rock for $4.99 at the local hardware store, well rinsed. Hardscape is petrified wood and a couple of coprolites (petrified "road apples") from the middle of the Arabian desert. After cycling, I gradually added flora and fauna. Planting started with Amazon's "Florida" pack of ten, followed by some losses and additions. Now I have Vallisneria, Dwarf Sagittarius, Anubias that's bloomed twice and is branching off a new rhizome, Amazon Sword that's branched out a baby, Java Fern, Pogostemon, susswassertang, Java Moss, Moneywort, banana, Red Amazon Sword also with a baby, couple of others whose names I don't know, and a big bundle of Anacharis. Most of my little red plants are dying, and I can't change my light fixtures, so I'm thinking of getting a Cryptocoryn Wendtii. Current fish population, stable for a few months, includes a clown Plecostomas, a Panda Corydoras, six Rasbora hets, six White Clouds, six Rummies, six Cardinals, six Green Neons, six Black Neons, six Glow Lights, one surviving very pregnant female guppy, and the algae patrol. Last fall the BBA was bad. After research, mostly here, I got six olive nerites, six Amano shrimp, six red cherries, and six Dalmatian mollies. The shrimp have bred like crazy, 42 total at last count, but the mollies apparently had too many males, sadly now only one male, two adult females, a juvenile female, and a week old baby. I used Excel for a couple of weeks, then relied on the critters to finish off the algae, which they did. No more algae problems, and the "windows" hardly need any cleaning. I haven't tested any measurable ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate since the first month, but still I change five or ten gallons of water weekly, treated with Prime and a tablespoon of API salt per five gallons, and siphoned in slowly through airline tubing. Also I use Flourish twice a week, occasional root tabs, and regular Wonder Shell. And I keep a couple of dried guava leaves from my back yard tree. I put a variety of flakes and freeze dried food in the once a day autofeeder, and occasionally hand feed blood worms, tubifex, pleco wafers, pleco cakes, Daphnia, and bug bites. All my food critters are freeze dried; I have no patience for live or even frozen. I'm hoping my ever increasing jungle will be enough to hide baby guppies, more mollies, and eventually White Clouds. Edited to add photos. I chose a very small filesize when I emailed them from my phone; let me know if anyone wants better resolution. My tank doesn't really have a front and back. The first view is the "front", but my tank really doesn't have a front and back. The "front" faces a wingback chair and a vintage rocker, and the "back" faces an end table and sofa. Looks like I cut off the far right end of the "back" as I don't see the submersible filter or the riser for the undergravel filter, just part of the power head. Sorry about that.
  2. trying to make a sailfin lyretail hopefully mottled mollie strain sailfin female First generation of fry
  3. Here's our complete BAP Spawning Report. Earned "Advanced Breeder" level with this submission! Spawning Report: Poecilia Sphenops (Mollys) VIDEO JOURNAL: NEW MOLLY TANK SETUP (NOV. 21, 2020) MOLLY FRY BAP COUNTING AND RELEASE INTO TANK (MARCH 2, 2021) FINAL BAP VIDEO SUBMISSION FOR MOLLY FRY (MARCH 16, 2021) COMPLETE SPAWNING REPORT: _______________________________________________ PVAS BAP SPAWNING REPORT 16 March 2021 SPECIES Scientific name: Poecilia Sphenops Hobby name: Tangerine Painted Lyretail Molly REPRODUCTION Method of Reproduction: Live Bearer Number and Gender Distribution of Parents: Four Adults, Two Males / Two Females Origin of Parents: Bought from LFS Approximate number of fry: 21 Date of Birth: Free-swimming on 01-31-2021 Approx. Number of Fry at 30 Days: 21 AQUARUM CONDITIONS pH — Tap water is about 7.8, but pH dives down to as low as 6.0 Ammonia - 0.25 ppm Nitrite - 0 ppm Nitrate: 30-80 ppm (it gets pretty high . . . we only water change 1x every 2 weeks) GH - 9 drops (API) KH - 1 drop (API) Temperature: 75-78—degrees Fahrenheit Aquarium Size: 10 Gal. Water Source: town / city water Water Changes: 50% every two weeks Filtration System: 1 small HOB, 1 Box filter DECOR & ENVIRONMENT Live Plants: Java fern, Anacharis, Pothos (grown in filter), Ludwigia Repens, Anubias Nana Petite, Duckweed Caves or Similar Hiding Places: Dense plant growth, One small log-shaped structure Substrate: Common tan pea gravel Lighting Type and Timing: Cheap, small LED originally for under-counter applications FEEDING Food Fed to Parents and How Often: 2x / day. Parents fed live baby brine shrimp, finely crushed flake food, and anything else from frozen to life blackworms Food Fed to Fry and How Often: 2x / day. Sera Micron, and after 1x weeks live baby brine shrimp (Artemia) and crushed flake food COMMENTS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION It took awhile for these Mollys to get down to business. Once the females were pregnant, we decided to just let them go on their own and wee how the fry did. Only 6 fry survived. Some were jett black, and others were tangerine / painted. With the second batch, we pulled the larger female and let her drop her fry in a small floating fry container. This seemed to wor well. We added a bubbler in the container along with some floating anacharis to keep fry calm and sheltered. After 3 weeks, we let the fry go into the tank with the parents and older siblings. All is well, and everyone seems to get along beautifully. The female is ready to pop again, but we’ve decided to just let her be and see if any fry survive. In a tight-spaced colony like this, eventually the fry won’t survive the older siblings. By about four months, they’ll be large enough to sell to our LFS or bring in to auction at PVAS Fish Club. One interesting thing is that the final pH reading was exceptionally low (6.0). This is a situation we are finding repeated in a few tanks. IT is _possible_ that our API pH test fluid is off. If not, seems that our soft water loses its buffer over time, and certain things seem to hasten that quickly. Water flow and aeration may play a part in accellerating buffer decay in our water. Molly’s (and other livebearers) are usually unhappy in pH that low. Provided this reading is accurate, in order to maintain health, crushed coral ought to be added to the substrate.
  4. A week ago I noticed a large white spot on one of my male molly fish. Water parameters were normal for tank (picture of test strip below) Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate between 25 and 50, Hardness > 150, Buffer >40, PH 7.2 -7.6, Chlorine 0, and temperature 78° F. Molly1.jpg is picture from last week. I did a 50% water change at that time and otherwise adopted a wait and see approach. Tank mates are other Molly fish, a Cobalt angelfish, some Corydoras and Ottos. No changes in stocking levels in past 8 months. I have not noticed any new aggression beyond what is normally displayed between the male mollys. Molly2.jpg and Molly3.jpg are taken today. the affected area seems to be slowly spreading but fish seems otherwise unaffected. It is eating/behaving normally. Water parameters are same as last week (seasoned tank so they're pretty steady). Any thoughts appreciated. *Edit* To add no other fish in tank show any similar signs.
  5. Hello. I have a question about these fish I got a while back. I used to own some mollies and wanted more. One day I went to the store and got two new ones that were in the mollie tanks (the black-orange and white one in the pics). I only had two females and one male mollie before hand so I thought adding these two will help which it didn’t. A female died a few weeks back and I noticed the male being more aggressive to the other female I had so I thought adding another mollie would help. I went to the store and got the green one from that same mollie tank I originally got the other two from. Adding her didn’t work either so now I’m confused if I’m confusing the platys for mollies or the store is. If anyone help clarify if my fish are platys or mollies I would really appreciate it. Also sorry for the dirty pictures.
  6. This is listed as a red leopard lyre twin bar molly and I was wondering if anyone knew if this was a molly, or a hybrid of a molly and something else like a swordtail. I have been watching videos, and no molly that I have seen has those twin long dorsal and ventral fins.
  7. First time getting fry! I isolated her in a ten gallon. Wondering if it's soon? I'm so excited!
  8. What tank temp do you guys run your molly/platy/variatus at?
  9. I'm currently feeding my fish Tetra flakes and occasionally some community repashy gel. What are some other foods that I can feed to change things up a bit?
  10. Hi all, I’m posting a few pictures to see if anyone had seen these white patches/film before. I have since quarantined this sweet molly who I raised from a little fry, so any help would be appreciated. She originally looked like this gradually, but always had an appetite. Then she started having buoyancy issues, so I did my best treating her for swim bladder infection in QT (Kanaplex with Metroplex- bath and food; then I added Furan-2. Then, no meds and only meds in food). She hasn’t had meds for almost a week now but is so back and forth, and I just don’t want to keep throwing these meds at her. Recent water parameter readings are NH3 0; Nitrite 0; Nitrate 10. I have an ammonia patch and have been doing 50-60 percent WC’s daily since she has been in this plastic tub because it isn’t cycled. I have since added wonder shells due to the low GH and KH, which are now within livebearer range. And pH is 8.0. Anyway, she has been touch and go but just started swimming right side up three days ago. However, yesterday she looked worse and had the white film again, so I broke down and gave her the med trio (aquarium co-op) and today, she is swimming upright again. I still have no clue what I am treating though… There are no fish vets in my area either! I cannot believe these precious beings are under the care of a diy fish keeper making educated guesses. Anyway, I be so grateful for any help at this point! Thanks.
  11. Hi Everyone, I'm wondering if it's possible to ease some of the fighting between my two female gold dust lyretails. One is larger and constantly picking on the smaller one. They're the only fish in the 10 gallon planted tank. The tank was intended for a single betta who fell ill during cycling (he's ok now and back in his 3 gallon). The cycling process stalled after I took the betta out and it was recommended to me that mollies would help restart cycling, which they did nicely and without getting sick. Anyway, as I'm still working remotely and have the tank on my desk, the fighting is driving me nuts. I miss the calm of a betta cruising around just admiring himself and begging for food 😊. But the mollies are very pretty and active and I was thinking of adding 1 or 2 additional female mollies. Would this just give more "victims" for the larger one to pick on? Do they every stop chasing each other in larger groups? I'm guessing the smaller tank is probably not helping the territoriality and adding more fish could strain the bio load (though I do regular testing and water changes). I could try to return them to my lfs, but would feel guilty. So either 1) moving the tank out of the room so I don't have to witness the constant harassment, 2) splitting them up by moving the smaller one to another existing 10 gal with a betta, or 3), a few more molly peacekeepers. Thoughts? I should also mention that the smaller molly getting harassed isn't getting fin nipped or damaged, just chased into the plants where she hides for a few seconds and then comes right back out to nibble on stuff, gets chased back into the plants, repeat. The larger female is especially bad during feeding time.
  12. Hey everyone! I've never had a fish give birth on my before, and i'm almost positive my female molly is pregnant. Like i said i've never dealt with fish babies, so if she does give birth what do i need to do? i don't have a spare tank, and she's currently in a 29 gallon with 2 other male mollies, about 15 tetras of mixed kinds, 1 angelfish, and 2 corydoras. Any advice would help! Also, what can i do to help ensure she does give birth? water is about 77 degrees, ph 7, nitrates 20 ppm
  13. I have a 55 gallon tank with 6 mollies. 1 male 5 females. 2 females have gotten pregnant in the last couple of months. First female died while giving birth. Other female had 2 fry and then she also died. Is this a common occurrence or I’m having bad luck or doing something wrong. 2 fry are about 2 weeks old and doing great in a breeder box in the tank. thank you for any advice
  14. I have 7 mollies in a 10 gallon tank. I'm looking to move these fish to a larger tank soon, but that's a separate topic. Today's question is regarding my one black male Molly. He's singled out just one female and chases her constantly, slaps her with his tail, and shows generally poor manners. He's 100% okay with the other 5 female fish, and the other tank-mates. The picked-on Molly has been hiding for the past couple weeks, but she still looks healthy. Any tips for dealing with the trouble maker, or should I just get rid of him? Images: 1. black male Molly, isolated 2. black and gold Molly, out of hiding and healthy
  15. We’ve been growing this Molly tank out, readying to sell them soon. Short video below. It’s really remarkable to reflect on these all being brothers and sisters. Here were the parents... And here now, with genetic color traits crossing out, here’s the offspring many months later... The “lyre-tail” trait has virtually disappeared. It would be fascinating to see what proportion of the original Tangerine Koi Lyretail would return if these were bred together. I don’t think we’re patient enough. But maybe some lucky kid will buy a pair someday, take them home, and be blown away when they drop fry that are wildly different colors! Seriously... isn’t this hobby the best??!!
  16. I have a female gold panda molly that seemingly has mood swings. She will swim around being just fine, seemingly coupling around with my male mickey platy. They even show mating behavior and seem to attempt to mate at times. Then she seems to turn on him as if they have had a quarrel and she chases him and bullies him around the tank until he hides to get away from her. She was pecking at my plecos head this morning, and has never really messed with the pleco before. LOL Rebecca
  17. My poor Molly needs some help! It started about 10 days ago, she was towards the end of her pregnancy when she started acting a little “off”. She was hiding away from the other fish but seemed to start struggling to swim a bit but was able to stay near the bottom of the tank. I figured this was just due to her pregnancy and she was having a tough go of it because she was towards the end of her pregnancy and she was BIG. This uncomfortable swimming continued for a couple of days and I eventually woke up to about 30-35 baby fry!! Yipppeee!! However, post pregnancy mom was now at the top of the tank kinda just bobbing about. Her tail kinda drags and she doesn’t seem to use her back tail anymore. When she tries to swim down she gets about 3-4 inches down but can’t go any further and bobs back up to the top. Like a good tank dad I hit the forums and came to the conclusion that it may be swim bladder. So I give her an epsom salt bath, she goes on a fast, I try to feed her peas (she never ate them though) I go through the seven day process for both API’s Melafix and Pimafix. Followed everything to the letter of the law but to no avail as she is still struggling to swim. She has had a healthy appetite pre and post fast and poops well. Tank is 20 gallons and is fully cycled. Runs on a HOB filter as well as a sponge filter. There are 3 other Molly fish in the tank as well as some snails, 3 albino Corydoras, and a few shrimp to help as my clean up crew. pH - 6.8 Nitrates - 0ppm (I do regular water changes but did not do water changes while using the Melafix and Pimafix) Hardness - 60ppm (wouldn’t mind getting some tips on how to increase this as well) Nitrite - 0ppm Ammonia - 0ppm KH/Buffer - 80ppm Water Temperature - 80 Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated! Hope I can turn her life around.
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    One of my Black Mollies gave birth over night. Yesterday she was huge and I noticed a whitish blotch on her left side. This morning she was much thinner and I've found 27 fry so far. Her side is still white and from above I can see her scales are slightly lifted in that area. She's still active, and has an appetite. The male has been on her a lot the last week. Attached is a photo from last night before she gave birth with a decent view of the concerning spot and another from today. Her gills are white, but so are the other female's and I think they have been since I got them. The spot doesn't seem any larger today. I understand that raised scales is often a sign of dropsy, but I'm not clear on what it means when it's an isolated spot. The tank is a 40B with a built in AIO sump. Total water volume is probably about 30 gallons. Params are pH: 7.8 GH: 14 KH: 6 Nitrate: 8 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Water Temperature: 78 Thr nitrogen params and pH are pretty stable. Hardness isn't perfectly stable yet but doesn't swing dramatically. Temperature is controlled by an adjustment heater plugged into a temp controller, so is also very stable. Population is 2 female BM, 1 male BM, 4 juvenile female platies and 2 male platies. There are ramshorn snails and it's medium heavily planted. Tank is a few months old. I'm hoping you'll say the spot is an injury or a symptom of having been so pregnant, but I'm afraid you'll say it's dropsy and already too late. I appreciate any advice you may have. Pregnant last night: No longer pregnant today: Edit: updated number of fry from 23 to 27.
  19. Okay for those that follow this 10 gallon tank was my first tank it also started MTS with me, but in the beginning it has the trio of guppies which had 2 sets of fry about a year ago, they got moved into a 20gL, which left this tank partially drained for a month or two which somehow became a cyclops tank all by itself which I tried to Nuke with periclens cuz I thought they were parasites lol, before someone here told me what they, which for the longest I used it as a "death tank" just a tank full of Cyclops and snails that Id put all the dead fish, all the dead plants, everything I didn't want in any other tanks into it and just let it rot away, no filter, no Air, then one day I decide you know what let's do that, I add a 150w led (23w) and a 10g sponge, and boom green water, I add a hang on the back and some hornwort trying to clear it up, but nope, but water parameters were good so I added four silver Molly males now my question is do I still feed them as normal because Molly's are algae eaters too a point and it's a giant tank of algae, so do I still need to feed them as regular or do I need to change something here, cuz personally tamales are doing absolutely amazing and I kind of grown fond of the green color almost it's just different than all the others cuz it's my only green one
  20. Okay y'all my tap water is pH 7 gh 300+ kh 40 A 0 ni 0 na 0, I'm raising guppies, Pilates and Molly's along with mystery snails. I've been wanting to raise my KH and crushed coral isn't available and I'm not comfortable using like alkaline buffers so I put some aragonite in a filter media bag and put it in some filters, it's raised one tank, my 55g to pH 7.8 -8 gh 300+ kh 120ish which is running a standard canister filter with 1 bag inside instead of carbon pellets, will the aragonite eventually stop or is it just going to keep on raising the pH on up and up
  21. Hi! My big sailfin molly has had this white splotch on his sail fin, not letting him completely open his majestic sail. Until a few days ago it turned red, and now I'm getting worried. He had this on him when I got him, an I really need advice on how to get rid of it or what it is. I got help from Petco and they said add Maracyn, so I've done that. Anything would help. I think it's a fungal disease, but I'm not sure. Thanks!
  22. 55gl 4 months old at 80ish, one canister, one hang on the back with aragonite and a mesh filter bag. stocking, duckweed, hornwort, bell pepper and an unknown plant. pestnails, 12 MTS, 10ish guppies 3 Pilates 4 Molly's and a 7-in pleco, (bad test strip ph7.2) retest 4x ph6.4, gh 300+, kh 120ish. A 0, NI 0, NA 30-40 Does anyone know why my guppies and platys are all hiding up in the corner directly under the outlet of the canister filter, cuz the Molly's and the Pleco are still running around just fine only changed 5gl 3 days ago and the only thing different is I did not add salt back to the water I changed, and some of them are diving to the bottom and rubbing into the sand like trying to wipe something off of themselves for about a week, hence why I changed water and did not add salt, so I don't know what they're doing, do 1 of y'all of know (edit 3 I think I have bad strips and kits, strip 1 ph 7.2 - 7.6 strips 2,3,4,5, 6.4, 7.6 6.4 6.4, api test kit low ph sold 7.6, high ph 7.8 maybe a 8, so still idk I guess the mystery just gets thicker)
  23. Hi, I am setting up a community tank in a 29 gallon. The fish I want to have in it are cardinal tetras, guppies, Cory cats, a pleco, and gold dust mollies. I have done extensive research on each species and have all their water parameters written down. My question is how important is water hardness to mollies? I have read through so many articles and forums and they all go back and forth. When I first started I got a lot of my info from Prime Time Aquatics and KGTropicals on YouTube. They have taught me so much and I respect their opinions. But after watching both channel’s videos on best community fish and stocking options for 29 gallon tanks, they both recommend mollies. From what I can gather on the internet is their is a lot of confusion around the Molly species from people saying they can only survive in brackish water, and some say they do completely fine in fresh water. Similarly people say they can only survive in hard water environments, but then other people say their fine in soft water. My water out of my tap is soft. Now this is perfect for my cardinal tetras(possibly my all time favorite fish) but will the mollies be ok? Essentially, do you guys have mollies with tetras or in soft water? If so, are they healthy? Did you use an extensive acclimation process? I was thinking about going with platties instead but not a very good variety in my area.
  24. I have 2 pregnant black mollies and 1 pregnant orange lyretail molly. One of my black mollies gave birth about 3.5 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I do not know which one. And neither appears to have lost any weight after giving birth. And both of the black one look like they are ready to explode. I have them in 55 gallon tank without the male.
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