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  1. chrisdenyer

    stocking 45L tank

    Hi guys, so my 45L tank had been housing a dwarf gourami, but sadly he died this week. I have three purple harlequin rasbora in there at the mo (originally 6), and am trying to decide how to restock it. (I can move the rasbora if need be depending on what I go for, or rebuild the shoal) My...
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    change in molly behaviour

    thanks, I expect that's it. I'll keep an eye on them!
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    change in molly behaviour

    Hi guys, I wonder if anyone can tell me if they've noticed mollies becoming more shy, and whether it might be a sign of anything bad? I doubt there's anything wrong, my mollies are behaving perfectly normally (as far as I can tell) when I watch them from across the room but recently they've...
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    What Will My Fry Look Like And How Would You Manage Them?

    Yeah I thought it would only be small independents. I think I'm over my fry population problems...only have females now, although the adult is still pregnant (hopefully only this lot to go though, it's been 6 months now!) and I've moved everyone around and done a major re-stock recently so I...
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    What Will My Fry Look Like And How Would You Manage Them?

    I don't know about guppies, but in my experience with mollies you really can't tell what colour they will actually be until they're a good 2 months old...none of my fry have kept the coloration that they were born with - I my case, it was around 50/50 for them looking like the mum or the dad...
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    Too Many Fry.

    If the danios will eat them that will probably keep it under control - you could temporarily remove hiding spaces I suppose - I used to have a tank of tiger barbs which I fed quite a few molly fry to, but they aren't really any good for a community tank. A pair of killies or a dwarf gourami...
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    Platy Hasn't Given Birth Yet?

    Is there anyone else in the tank that could be gobbling up fry before you've had a chance to spot them? Have the females ever looked slightly smaller again? My biggest molly has looked pretty much constantly gravid since her first lot of fry, she sometimes looks a little slimmer if she drops a...
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    Pregant

        yeah, I've never liked the idea of the balloon varieties! There are so many breeds of pretty much every domesticated animal which are hideously malformed...half of which have serious internal problems as well as the visible physical deformations, because someone decided that they liked the...
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    Pregant

    Inbreeding never goes well! It's a funny one, since in the wild some populations are so small that they must all be related - but then their gene pool is kept healthy because even though they may be closely related, they still have all the difficulties of survival to contend with, meaning that...
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    Pregant

    Oh yes...expect to be inundated with babies!   I had a similar problem with my mollies until I re-homed the male. My biggest female is still producing fry, it's almost 6 months since he went now so she should have run out of sperm soon! All the fish shops that I know of who take fish won't take...
  11. chrisdenyer

    10G Tank Stocking

    Well, my lfs' tetra stock is commercially bred in Singapore, so that's definitely a no go - they had a purple variation of the harlequin rasbora, so I decided to get 6 and see what happens. So far the gourami is completely ignoring them!
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    10G Tank Stocking

    Thanks, that's interesting! I did think it would take rather longer for any fish to really adapt - and the inbreeding/hybridising problems makes sense. I wonder also if the breeding environments are particularly sterile that would affect the development of their immune systems as well, if they...
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    10G Tank Stocking

    Yes, I understand that the environment is very important! I do want to make my fish feel as comfortable as possible - I was only thinking of considering something like the glowlights if they were tank bred, in similar water to my tank - from what I've read, it sounds like whatever water a...
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    10G Tank Stocking

    I'm still trying to find suitable tank mates for the gourami. The harlequins are still an option although I would worry about gourami aggression...the only fish that my gourami didn't stress out were the rummys - obviously they were too big for the 45L, I took them back, and I know most...
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    10G Tank Stocking

    Yeah I figured it would be best to let them fight it off themselves... TBH the flashing is so infrequent (I've noticed it once or twice a few days apart) I wonder if it is just a harmless itch? I had a few cases last year (before getting my water quality properly under control) but have had no...
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    10G Tank Stocking

    Ok thanks. Water parameters are fine (no ammonia or nitrite, just about to check nitrate again but it's always been under 20) pH and GH same as always. Can't think of anything that would knowably be causing stress...  It's only very occasional flashing (just the male), and definitely no sign of...
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    10G Tank Stocking

        I just thought of a possible stable water-softening method - do you think it would work if I used one of those ion-exchange pillows, but rather than using it in the tank, which would be all over the place, having a big bin full of water and use it with a spare filter to lower the GH in there...
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    10G Tank Stocking

    Just introduced 6 c.sterbai to the ram tank, all seems to be well so far! 
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    Need Some Advice.

        I second Akasha72, I wasted £20 on aquarium sand for my first tank before I cottoned on to using play sand! It's actually much easier to clean than it sounds. I've got a 20L bucket that can take it all at once, stick e garden hose in it and I've got it crystal clear in about 20 minutes! Let...
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    Possibly Stressed Out Molly?

    she didn't stop for anything, but they're back in the big tank with their friends now so much happier!
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