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Old 08-21-2014, 03:13 PM   #21
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Hi Gio ,when I feed blood worms I use that for their meal in stead of the flakes or pellets o r whatever you are using . If you unthaw a few to many just cover it, put it and put it in the fridge and feed them the next meal. Just use in 24 hours then discard any that you haven't used. As for plants, go with low light plants that don't need a lot of extra care. Java fern, java moss, anubias, marimo moss balls, some easy floating plants, like riccia, hornwort, water spangles, annacharis. The floating plants give the fry somewhere to hide from other hungry fish like mom and dad. The live plants also help to convert the waste in the water which they use for fertilizer to grow and thereby help to keep the water cleaner. Just take it slow with the fish but plants you can add any time. Alison
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:16 PM   #22
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Oh okay.. I'll get rid of the flakes then. About to head over to grab some blood worms. Thank you for he plant recommendations! I'll look for those too. I'm okay with 2 little platys for now.


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Gio don't get rid of the flakes. that is what I use for their staple diet most of the time with a bloodworm meal or baby brine shrimp meal two or three times a week . They get fed 2 times a day so may have flakes for breakfast on one day then shrimp or worms for supper, then back to flakes. By the way the worms and shrimp look like little wrapped frozen bullion cubes.
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Ahhh got it. Makes sense. Flakes for breakfast then for supper some worms the flakes again at night or no?


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Old 08-21-2014, 10:36 PM   #25
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Hi Alison, Gio! I came across this post and I was just wondering if you may be able to share your knowledge with me too, as I have red wag platies as well with mollies, gouramis, and other fish. I just got two males today along with two female black mollies. If you don't mind spending a bit of time answering my questions then that would be greatly appreciated

1. Can the mollies breed with the platies?

2. What can I feed them besides my micro pellets and how do I feed/prepare those?
2A. I've heard of brine shrimp and bloodworms and I believe you touched on that above.

3. Will the males fight?

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Old 08-22-2014, 12:48 AM   #26
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Hey, Namirah! Thanks for chiming in. To be quite honest all thin formation that Alison was kind enough to share has been my starting package if you will. I don't know much as I'm starting out too, but allot of these questions are answered above. Lots of helpful information.

As far as fighting.. I don't think so, I have two females and they play around a bit but nothing too serious. Did you get a starting tank and supplies?



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Gio, Two meals per day only for most fish. breakfast and supper, Is how I feed mine. Did you go to the pet store yesterday? The fish I ordered, ember tetras, came in yesterday and boy are they tiny. The biggest one is about half an inch long and will top out at an inch when full grown.
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Hi Namirha, And welcome. To symplify I feed my community tank differently from my betta. For the tank, small tetras and shrimp. I feed 2 meals per day for a total of 14 meals per week. at least 2 of them are frozen baby brine shrimp and 2 of them are frozen bloodworms. Both of them come in a dehydrated form in a pkg. with the rest of the dry fish food. I don't like them personaly. I buy the packages in the freezer section of the fish store as I feel they are better. They come in little cubes. I take off as much as I want and put it in a small container with a teaspoon of tank water. Let it unthaw for a couple of minutes till they are all seperated then dump in the tank and watch the feeding frenzy begin. It gives the fish some healthy variety in their diet, and is easier than raising you own live foods which I did in my early 20's when I raised fancy guppies for my local fish store. I do not know whether platties and mollies will interbreed. The males should not fight they are peaceful community fish. Alison
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First time (sunburst wag platys) need help :)

I have a 23 gallon tank and I've had it for a while now, my fish seemed to be doing fine until this morning, one of the new platies died(

Edit: I wrote this after the post below...?

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Thanks for the warm welcome I've never fed my fish either foods but I am looking forward to feeding them the bloodworms. How do you feed them brine shrimp? I am going to the pet store soon to exchange the platy and I think I'll pick up both the shrimp and worms. I also did some searching around AA and found that many aquarists put the frozen block right in to the aquarium so that the worms don't sink to the bottom. I also saw that some people do not do that because residue from the water the bloodworms were in is bad for the tank and fish. I think your way is the safer solution but I'm reluctant to do so because only the gouramis stay at the bottom.


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