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Old 02-17-2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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Post Tank Setup for Lyretail Molly and Giant Danio

Hello everyone!
My boyfriend's mother is a very sweet woman, but she made the mistake of trusting the big petstore for fish advice when they said the fish her 7-year-old picked out were fine. They sold her a single giant danio and a single lyretail molly, with a two gallon aquarium. She now knows this won't work, but her daughter is also already attached to the fish, so she's committed to getting the proper setup for them. I have some basic knowledge, but all my experience is with a 5 gal betta tank, so I'm coming to you all for some advice.
From what I've seen, the two fish should be compatible in the right circumstances, correct?

I know the giant danio will need a minimum 30 gal, so I'm currently shopping around for a deal on the tank - I'm hoping to get a long one.

Planning on getting a heater programmed to 78, seems to be a decent midpoint for the two. I'm shopping around for a good filter system, if anyone has recommendations that would be wonderful. I'm going to jumpstart their cycle with some of my betta's filter material.

Will I be able to get away with silk plants here? I'm trying to cut back on maintenance as much as possible, but I know mollies are plant-nibblers.

From what I understand, they both need schools of 4 minimum, correct? Following the inch-per-gallon rule, it looks like I'd be pretty close to maxed out once I get them each some friends. I can't get aqadvisor to work right now, but I'll keep trying. Am I correct that'll about max out the bioload? If so, will it be alright with just the two schools in there?

Thank you so much for reading through this. I'm a bit overwhelmed with it, but I want to get these fish in a good home.

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With mollies you want to get an odd number. Typically people go with the traditional 2 females per 1 male. You are going to watch out for the babies though. You can probably get away with the molly as a single in there with a group of the danios. Mollies aren't really schooling fish.

You can do silk plant but will probably want an airstone.
30 gallon long seems like it should work.

I know it's not much but I hope it helps.
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That does help, thank you!
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I'd go with a 33g long or 40 gallon breeder. Depending on what size she can fit in her house. Danios should be kept in a school of 5 and the Molly can be by itself or two or three IMO.

Get a good HOB and fairly large as the tank will be maxed out.
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