I've been taking care of my mollies for nearly a year. As other newbies, I too have had problems with the fish food directions: "feed amount they will eat in a few minutes," The flakes sink and I can't see what they eat. What do you mean by few, is that 2, 3, 4? If they are jostling for food doesn't that add time to their "few" minutes? "feed a pinch" - is that a pinch per fish, a big pinch, a small pinch....what are they talking about!!? Then I read that mollies should be grazing all day like they do in the wild. At first I thought I had to give them the food to graze - which would lead to way too much food. But finally I realized they are eating tiny bits of algae off of everything and they even eat detritus worms that come up from the gravel. (Deduction about the detritus worms: I took mollies out of a tank and only left pond snails in it. A few days later the glass was covered in detritus worms when I had never before seen them.) One day as I was still contemplating the grazing issue, I observed that they started mating and sparring right after I fed them. No one was grazing. A light bulb went off...if they have time to mate and spar, they are getting fed too much. They should either be resting or pecking at anything and everything for food. So I reduced their food until I could count on looking at the aquarium throughout the day and seeing all the mollies heads-down looking for food. This new tactic has led to consistently perfect ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings. Now I wonder if they are so hungry they will eat all the babies but that's a different issue.