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1 year ago#1
Fishy_1123
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Can platys live with mollies?? I heard that they can and I was wondering if I can get answers from some people in here. Mollies need daly and platies don't. Will they be ok?

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1 year ago#2
Christi
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They are fine together and both require the same basic care.

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1 year ago#3
Usagi
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My 2 mollies living with a platy

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1 year ago#4
Fishy_1123
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I got 6 sunset fire platies and 5 silver mollies. The mollies don't move around a Lot like at the pet store. Does the mollies need salt to live?

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1 year ago#5
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No the Molly's do not need salt at all. They need the same basic care as any other freshwater tropical fish and they can live happily with many other types of fish as well as they are typically non aggressive.

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1 year ago#6
Fishy_1123
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But the mollies haven't looked happy.... Can I add salt to see if that changes anything?

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1 year ago#7
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Their are alot of great references here on this site. Up in the search bar type in "Salt in a fresh water tank" etc. Their are numerous posts and blogs on the topic. Maybe if you read some of these it will help you with your concerns for the fish. Maybe also type in "salt and Molly" and see what comes up. This forum is filled with so many smart people I am betting someone has already answered this! Good luck in your reading. Good luck with your fishies!

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1 year ago#8
Fishy_1123
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Haha ok thanks. But is one benefit for adding salt is lowering the percentage of diseases?

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1 year ago#9
Usagi
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Salt does not actually serve as a behavioral tactic for freshwater fishes....it is usually use as a disinfectant and medicinal use for curing diseases.

There can be a number of things that is making your fish slow...


Could be the tank itself?
The size of your tank?
The cleanliness?
The tank mates?
The decorations in your tank? Too much or too little hiding spots?
ph and ammonia levels?
Food?
how much/little are you feeding?
temperature?

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1 year ago#10
Fishy_1123
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20 gal tank, crystal clear,6 sunset fire platies, 2 albino Cory catfish, 1 zebra danio and 1 comet goldfish (giving it to a pet store. ), I drift wood with Anubis on it, got 4 other plants,ph:7.2 ammonia:02-3 flakes/fish, 80•f

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1 year ago#11
Usagi
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How much food are you feeding them?

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1 year ago#12
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Fishy do you know what the hardness of your water is?
Also do you know if the store you got them from was keeping them in a brackish tank?

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1 year ago#13
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by the way this also is something I'd consider?

You have 6 sunset fire platies correct? Do you know their genders? Some fishes can also be affected by the gender, for instance...Male mollies prefer two female mollies per male since the reproduction period can stress out a female.

I don't know about sunset fire platies for sure but that could be a reason...

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1 year ago#14
Fishy_1123
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The platies r doing fine. For the mollies 3 female and 2 males, 2-3 flakes per fish,I don't know what the water hardness is and the mollies were in a tank with other mollies. I think

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1 year ago#15
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Very few petstores display mollies in brackish tanks, as far as I've seen. Mollies have adapted to brackish water in the wild, but most commercial mollies are raised and sold in freshwater. (Though some breeders/stores use salt to compensate for crowding, etc., so it is worth asking the store about.)

However, I would test the hardness of the tap/tank for the mollies, as soft water can present some serious issues for them. I currently use the test strips for GH/KH, but I will be upgrading to an API liquid hardness test kit soon.

ETA: Do you feed exclusively flake, or do you supplement with fresh veggies, as well?

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1 year ago#16
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Alright can you be more specific with what "they don't look happy" means?

Mollies while many people keep them in freshwater can be considered brackish fish. They also need rather hard water.

If your pet store was keeping them in a brackish tank (this means a tank with a low salt level, not full salt water) they could be suffering from some shock. Also if your water is not hard enough that could be an issue.

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1 year ago#17
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Do you think maybe its soft/hard water issues...is it happening to all of your mollies or just a single one?

that it could be bloated or constipated even if you aren't over feeding? Cause maybe one of them is getting too much food, or one of them isn't getting enough food... I dunno. Its hard to diagnose... sorry.

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1 year ago#18
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Fishy_1123 wrote:
20 gal tank, crystal clear,6 sunset fire platies, 2 albino Cory catfish, 1 zebra danio and 1 comet goldfish (giving it to a pet store. ), I drift wood with Anubis on it, got 4 other plants,ph:7.2 ammonia:02-3 flakes/fish, 80•f


What to you mean by "ammonia: 02-3"?

Do you have 2-3 ammonia in your tank, currently?

ETA: Oh, no - my mistake. "ammonia 0; 2-3 flakes". Gotcha.

What are your nitrates?
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1 year ago#19
Fishy_1123
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Sorry I meant 0 xD nitrites:0and amber what I mean by they don't happy I mean like they don't swim a lot and sometimes like for 10 min their fins r down. Happens almost every hour. Anneholly should I get a hardness liquid test kit.

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1 year ago#20
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Usagi wrote:
Do you think maybe its soft/hard water issues...is it happening to all of your mollies or just a single one?

that it could be bloated or constipated even if you aren't over feeding? Cause maybe one of them is getting too much food, or one of them isn't getting enough food... I dunno. Its hard to diagnose... :( sorry.


If the mollies are consuming too much protein, which is a hazard with commercial flake, they can suffer constipation. This is why they need fresh veggies on a weekly basis, in my experience.

Mine love their Sunday Peafests.
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1 year ago#21
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Wow good to know that... My two mollies are pretty happy with the 1 platy for now and for some reason the three is always together LOL?

But yeaaah... But what kind of vegetable should I feed them? I've only fed them flakes, but when I feed my pleco...they sorta eat the algae wafers too.

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1 year ago#22
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Fishy_1123 wrote:
Sorry I meant 0 xD nitrites:0and amber what I mean by they don't happy I mean like they don't swim a lot and sometimes like for 10 min their fins r down. Happens almost every hour. Anneholly should I get a hardness liquid test kit.


Okay, 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites. What is the nitrate?

Clamped fins could mean a lot of different things, from bullying/social issues to infections to parasites. Sluggishness could suggest low oxygen level, or some water quality issue.

Is your pH stable? I know you said 7.2, which is a little on the low side for mollies, but is it constantly 7.2?

Do you have an airstone? My mollies seem to have fun with it, and it might raise the pH gently alittle and keep it stable.

Yes, I would certainly get a hardness test. I currently use the strips, and they seem to jive with the local water quality reports in results, so I think they can do well enough. I just want the liquid tests because they tend to be more accurate/reliable, and I use an API liquid kit for everything else, and I like consistency.

But you do need to test the hardness.
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1 year ago#23
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You should have something to check gh, and kh of your water yes. Clamped fins is a sign of stress, and could possibly be because of things like the hardness being wrong. It could also be poor nutrition. My endlers will get sick if they don't have enough vegetation as well.

Whatever the cause we should find it and address it before it becomes more than just clamped fins. If you can not get a gh/kh kit your lfs may be able to test it for you.

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1 year ago#24
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Usagi wrote:
Wow good to know that... My two mollies are pretty happy with the 1 platy for now and for some reason the three is always together LOL?

But yeaaah... But what kind of vegetable should I feed them? I've only fed them flakes, but when I feed my pleco...they sorta eat the algae wafers too. :s


Algae wafers are like crack to my mollies. They get one every so often. However, many algae wafers are surprisingly high in protein, unless they are specifically for herbivores, so I feed them sparingly.

I generally go with peas, but they also get some spinach and zucchini once in a while. I experimented with broccoli bits, and they all seemed to like it, but it was messy. Green beans can also work, but I haven't tried it.
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1 year ago#25
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Good call....is there a method where I can feed my pleco without my mollies getting to the algae wafer lol ,_, or should I just drop some peas for both of them and skip the wafer for every other day?

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1 year ago#26
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No. I don't think there is any way you can sneak anything even remotely resembling food into the tank without the mollies getting a cut. They are like the mafia, only for food. They will find a way.

But, through feeding peas weekly, you will offset the problems potentially caused by the algae wafers. If they are getting a lot of algae wafer, often, you might want to do peas one day a week and some spinach another day in the week, or something similar, to make sure they are staying balanced out.

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1 year ago#27
Usagi
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thank you i am gonna try that. Thanks for helping me before any problem arises. I appreciate it a lot

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1 year ago#28
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I've been looking at your stats - and you have "Mickey Mouse Mollies" listed. I've never heard of these. From the picture you posted on another thread, it seems you have Mickey Mouse platys, not mollies?

If that's so, then you shouldn't worry too much; platys need ample veggie matter, but aren't quite so bothered by protein, in my experience.

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1 year ago#29
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oh o_o when i bought them from PJ's the title was "Mickey Mouse Mollies" lol so i just assumed they were mollies...but then Petsmart said the same thing to me, that they're [strike]mollies not platys[/strike] sorry I mean platy's not mollies.....so I got really confused ,_,

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1 year ago#30
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Google "mickey mouse platys" and see if that is what you have. A Google search for "mickey mouse mollies" came up empty for me, and just directed me to "mickey mouse platy".

If they are platy, that means you have two males and one female, which is a potential issue.

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