Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Female dalmation molly & male crowntail as tankmates?
Hello! After researching a little more I have realized that my pet store may have misinformed me about keeping a dalmation molly. I have since learned that mollies do best in a minimum of 20g. However she is pretty small. Anyone know how big dalmations get??
I have her and 3 bronze cories in a 10g tank that used to be my male blue crowntail's personal tank. He has been in a hospital tank for some time now. He is starting to recover and I wanted to eventually reintroduce him into the 10g. It is heated unlike his hospital tank and it is starting to get cold so his ht is getting around 72F. No bueno!
Im afraid that the molly is going to pick on my betta. I know that it is usually the other way around but my betta is quite small and not overly aggressive. I know this because he has interacted through the glass with my boyfriend's much larger male blue crowntail who is always pissed at something. Whether it be my fish when they get some viewing time, or his own reflection no matter what backdrop or block from light we try. My fish will puff up but eventually back off. Where as my boyfriends large crowntail will sit there pushing his nose into the glass back and forth flaring like crazy for a while. Once we seperate them he will even pace back and forth in that spot looking for my betta. Mine may only back off because he is much smaller than the other but he rarely flares at his own reflection. He doesn't seem to have much of an interest in fighting, he'd rather be wiggling at me. :)
Anyway, at feeding time when I first put the molly and cories together, I noticed my molly chase the smallest of the cories away from an algae wafer before but never nipped at him. I just dont want her to nip my poor lil betta. I haven't seen much aggression from her since. Im guessing she's a girl bc she doesn't have a tube like fin on her belly. She has two rounded fins. Am I correct in this assumption?
Anyway, any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Happy fish keeping! <3