Black Mollys In 12/14 Gallon

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Michael100, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. M

    Michael100 New Member Member

    Hello,

    I understand that Black mollies prefer tall quairums. I have a 12-14 gallon aquarium that is quite square, would this be okay for say a trio of standard black mollys?
     
  2. goplecos

    goplecos Well Known Member Member

    That would not work Mollies need at least a 20 long. I would do a school of Balloon Mollies. IME it's a myth that they don't live as long as regular Mollies. I have had several that have lived for over 6 years.
     
  3. OP
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    Michael100 New Member Member

    Surely the bioload of black and baloon would be similar if not identical??? and are they not practically the same size?

    Im not keen on baloon mollys, they are just so unnatural.
     




  4. goplecos

    goplecos Well Known Member Member

    It's not bioload it's activity that's the issue balloons aren't as active as regular mollies.
     
  5. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    They need a 29 gallon minimum (20 long would also work, IMO).
     
  6. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    What are the dimensions of the tank?
    Knowing this, we can give you other options since the mollies need larger tanks.
     
  7. m

    mollybabes Well Known Member Member

    Agreed. Mollies cannot live happily in a tank that size.
     
  8. m

    mollybabes Well Known Member Member

    Try a 30 gallon or 40 if you want a lot of them.
     
  9. OP
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    Michael100 New Member Member

  10. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    That should work. What are the dimensions of the tank though?
     
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    Michael100 New Member Member

    18x12x15
     
  12. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I'd do 3 male platies and 15 red cherry shrimp.
     
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    Michael100 New Member Member

    Wont the males fight over teritory, better to go all female I would have thought?
     
  14. m

    mollybabes Well Known Member Member

    The thing is, females may already be pregnant so if you don't want fry get males. I don't know about the territory bit.
     
  15. f

    fishboy345 New Member Member

    + Quote
    mollybabes is right before you know it you could get way too many, and i haven't heard about them being territorial before.
    If I were you I would look into getting a male and two female pea puffers for the tank! They are fun to watch and very intelligent!
     




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