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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Bettas, Guppies, and Mollies

So my plans have changed AGAIN. This time, I might have to bring my 10 gallon tank to college. My roommate has guppies and mollies and she wants to bring some to college with her, but they only allow ONE tank per room, and it can't be two 5 gallons. It has to be just one tank, which doesn't make sense to me. I can't change it though, so oh well.

How many guppies and or mollies could I put in a moderately planted 10 gallon with my betta?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 12:13 PM
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Mollys, maybe 1 or 2 max, guppys maybe 4 or so depending on species and how big they get, I have dalmation and ummm orange mollys and they get pretty darn big, I had some guppys of a few kinds but I ened up taking them back because they were swarming/nipping/harassing all of my other fish non stop
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Guppies are known to be fin biters. I personally haven't had a problem with it myself. Used to keep a betta with my guppies all the time, but since you are having to put them in the tank with your betta you might want to watch for it.

Mollys can get big too, depending on type. I had a 2" silverfin molly at one time. MANY years ago. I never knew they could get so big, but that molly would have been bigger than some bettas I've seen.

How many you can add I can't really say, but I think you'll be able to figure out if it's to crowded.

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+1. No mollies, but up to 4 guppies would be fine. It's a question of allowing the fish space as much as a question of bioload.

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Would you be able to divide the tank? If so, then you wouldn't have a problem, and the fish would be used to the surroundings as to tank mates and tank size.

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I would be able to divide the tank. I don't know if my roommate wants to even put them in the same tank though. :(

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If you have a tolerant male, I would go with make guppies. They tend to be nicer than females. My males were fine with very colorful guppies, so hopefully you can do well with them.

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Dividing the tank would give the guppies no more than 5 gallons of space, though. Sure, it won't kill them, but guppies are relatively large (for small community critters), active fish and really need more than 5 gallons to exercise in.

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