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Old 04-14-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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So glad to have found this site! I am a twenty-three year old young man who has turned into a complete tropical fish enthusiast! I have been running my 20 gallon tank for nearly a year now and have been really enjoying it.

I have a traditional 20 gallon tank and would like to add some fish to the family. I currently have 1 young Bulldog/Rubbernose pleco, 1 adult female platy, and 3 two month old female platies. I do 25-50% water changes on a weekly basis. I run my tank at 79 degrees and add a tablespoon of aquarium salt every other water change.

I would like to add 2-3 balloon mollies and possibly a few swordtails to the family. My only concern is if these fish would all get along well with one another? I have read swordtails can be quite aggressive. Ideally, I would also like to have a male or two in the tank as well.

Would it be possible to add 3 balloons and 2 swords? I am extremely open to suggestions on any pairings of fish, I would just like to keep my tank as peaceful as possible.

Any advice/knowledge would be a great help! Thanks so much in advance!
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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just like bettas only one male swordtail should be in the tank at once and that swordtail will readily mate with your platies too
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dont get balloon mollies,they are specifically bred for the screwed up-ness and commonly die when giving birth,they also have trouble swimming. if your going to get 2 swordtails,get both female,2 males may fight and a male and a femlae will end up with the male harrassing the female
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I enjoy my balloon mollies. One in particular has a bunch of personality and I enjoy her very much.

When I had one male swordtail he wasn't very aggressive. Just very nippy.

But all should be compatible!
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I enjoy my balloon mollies. One in particular has a bunch of personality and I enjoy her very much.

When I had one male swordtail he wasn't very aggressive. Just very nippy.

But all should be compatible!
So let's say I add 3 balloon mollies, 1 male 2 females, will the male molly get along with a male platy? (If I were to just get a male platy instead of a swordtail)

Does aquarium salt work okay for balloons?

Sorry for so many questions!
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oh! forgot this in my original post,the min tank size for mollies is like 30 gallons
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I have a 65 gallon tank with platies and swords an they all do just fine.
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So let's say I add 3 balloon mollies, 1 male 2 females, will the male molly get along with a male platy? (If I were to just get a male platy instead of a swordtail)

Does aquarium salt work okay for balloons?

Sorry for so many questions!
I have balloon mollies with Red Platys and they work out fine. And aquarium salt is perfectly fine for them.
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Welcome to the site! I am from WA too.
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