Black Mollys In 12/14 Gallon

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

  1. Michael100New MemberMember


    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. goplecosWell Known MemberMember

    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. Michael100New MemberMember

    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. goplecosWell Known MemberMember

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

    They need a 29 gallon minimum (20 long would also work, IMO).
  6. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

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

    Agreed. Mollies cannot live happily in a tank that size.
  8. mollybabesWell Known MemberMember

    Try a 30 gallon or 40 if you want a lot of them.
  9. Michael100New MemberMember

  10. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    That should work. What are the dimensions of the tank though?
  11. Michael100New MemberMember

  12. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I'd do 3 male platies and 15 red cherry shrimp.
  13. Michael100New MemberMember

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

    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. fishboy345New MemberMember

    + 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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