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Old 02-27-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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Is this a Mollie?

Is this fish a Mollie? I was told at the store they were Mickey Mouse platies. But I'm not sure. These are the fish I bought.Click image for larger version

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Old 02-27-2015, 04:46 PM   #2
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The picture in the middle looks like a platy and two on the sides are ballon belly mollies.


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Old 02-27-2015, 04:47 PM   #3
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That's what another guy told me the dang pet store sold me the wrong fish haha


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Old 02-27-2015, 04:52 PM   #4
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Agree it's balloon bellies. And mollies are actually brackish fish. They are highly adaptable though for the reason they are always sold as freshwater in stores.


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Old 02-27-2015, 04:56 PM   #5
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What does brackish mean??


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Old 02-27-2015, 04:59 PM   #6
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What does brackish mean??


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Brackish water is where saltwater and freshwater bodies collide creating water with some salinity but not as much as saltwater. It also makes for some very unique fish.


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:00 PM   #7
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But since mollies are almost always sold in freshwater they are fine in freshwater. Just a little bit of extra info for you that they actually can live in brackish.


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:01 PM   #8
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Uh oh my tank is set up freshwater.. How do I change that


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:02 PM   #9
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No need to change it.


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:03 PM   #10
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Oh ok they won't die without salt?


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:08 PM   #11
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No they are fine. Sorry to confuse you. Just letting you know mollies are naturally brackish. They are pretty much always sold freshwater though. So yours are perfectly fine.


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:28 PM   #12
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Mollies and platies won't breed with each other will they?


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:36 PM   #13
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I don't think so


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:38 PM   #14
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Good thanks so much for the help


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Old 02-27-2015, 05:42 PM   #15
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Mollies and platies won't breed with each other will they?


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no, it is genetically impossible, mollies and guppys can they are in the same family.

and platys and sword tails will to.
but when you can go down to the pet store ( no rush)
buy some aquarium salt, and each time you do a weekly water change add half the recommended amount into the bucket, so if you use a 5 gallon bucket and change 5 gallons of water ad enough salt into the bucket for 2/12 gallons, just keep doing it, slowly adding salty water is the key. don't make it give it all the salt the tank needs at once, get the fish salt slowly. if you have any Questions ask, and i was the one that told you how to start a thread.
before adding salt what other fish are in the tank?
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Just the three pictured above are in the tank I had 4 but 1 died...


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Just the three pictured above are in the tank I had 4 but 1 died...


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What are your water parameters?


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I have just a 10 gal tank right now getting bigger this weekend


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I have just a 10 gal tank right now getting bigger this weekend


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I mean do you have a test kit for your water? Testing your water is vital to the health of your fish and knowing what's going on in your aquarium. Many of us on here use the API Liquid Test Kit. It sells for about $30 at Petsmart, Petco, etc.. Amazon sells for a bit cheaper sometimes. It tests your pH, ammonia, nitrite, and Nitrate. Liquid tests kits are much much much more accurate than the little test strips. If you don't have a kit to test your water with i would say make that your top priority on your next visit to the LFS.

Not trying to overload you with info but a test kit is one of those "essentials" that is required to maintain a stable, healthy aquarium.


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Old 02-27-2015, 06:24 PM   #20
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I'm going to the store now I'll get one


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