Do Mollies have color preferences? Question 

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I just came back from a weekend away and came home to a deceased black molly. The tank is still new and on its way to being cycled(I know what you are thinking, but I am doing the best I can from a bum pet store start).

my question is this, I am down to one black molly, and I was never 100% sure, but it always seemed the orange mollies stuck together, the dalmation pair stuck together and the black pair stuck together. should I try and get another black molly or does it matter?
 

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IMO, I wouldn't do anything until the tank was 100% cycled. That is more than likely what killed your fish. As for color I don't think it really matters as long as one if male and one is female. Males will fight each other.

I am sure you will get more post from people who have been keeping fish longer than me. Lets wait to see what they have to say.
 

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Good morning,

I have moved your thread to the Live Bearers/Molly section of the forum.

Thanks!
Ken
 

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My black and marbled mollies hang out together. Also, I have fry that are black, dalmatian, and even orange. They're all good buddies.
 
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I appreciate all the feedback but unfortunately my last black molly died the other night. I wonder if it was a bad batch from petco. All my other fish are happy and thriving, but I lost these 3 over the course of 10 days. Woke up and the snail were feasting on its carcass.
 

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Petco fish are a crapshoot. If I buy at Petco/Petsmart I always expect to lose some of them. If you can get the fish to last through the first two weeks, they'll probably last a long time.
 

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I agree that the most likely culprit is the uncycled tank, so finish the cycle before adding any more. From what I understand, mollies are a species that actually prefer a lightly salted tank. Have you had a chance to read this yet?:
 
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Yes I read that. I was salting the tank, but after research and much advice here I found that most other fish don't do well with salt. Especially my corries and eel. So I stopped using salt a while ago.
 
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