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Old 03-05-2012, 07:17 AM   #21 
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Question Goldfish and cycling...?

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:51 AM   #22 
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I did a little research about the hole schooling thing after reading this and I tend to like your opinion. There are many differing opinions on molly's. Some say they are schooling fish and some say they are shoaling fish (like thier kind for social reasons only) I don't know though. My molly's are around each other a lot and rarely let eachother out of sight. I guess on schooling or shoaling or a loner fish you have to base it off of experience and what you believe. Great information.
This is taking it totally away from the original topic, but I guess that, since Mollies are so close to guppies, they act very similarly. I've read that guppies are considered shoaling fish, rather than schooling (this also seems to be under some debate - hard to find true information online sometimes) I originally had one molly in the tank, and she seemed perfectly fine by herself. I also had a small 'school' of guppies. All the guppies died but for one (I was a newbie who had done NO research and tossed everyone in an uncycled tank - learned a LOT since then!), and she is definitely has NOT been the same since. She hangs out with the mollies sometimes, but the rest of the time she hides herself away. She isn't as happy without others like her, and I can't wait until my 10 gallon tank is cycled enough to move in there with a few guppy friends! Now that there are two of them, my mollies also spend all of their time together. They chase and play, but they don't act like the neons did. THEY stuck together like GLUE. It's interesting stuff, and I have so much to learn!

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:29 AM   #23 
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This is taking it totally away from the original topic, but I guess that, since Mollies are so close to guppies, they act very similarly. I've read that guppies are considered shoaling fish, rather than schooling (this also seems to be under some debate - hard to find true information online sometimes) I originally had one molly in the tank, and she seemed perfectly fine by herself. I also had a small 'school' of guppies. All the guppies died but for one (I was a newbie who had done NO research and tossed everyone in an uncycled tank - learned a LOT since then!), and she is definitely has NOT been the same since. She hangs out with the mollies sometimes, but the rest of the time she hides herself away. She isn't as happy without others like her, and I can't wait until my 10 gallon tank is cycled enough to move in there with a few guppy friends! Now that there are two of them, my mollies also spend all of their time together. They chase and play, but they don't act like the neons did. THEY stuck together like GLUE. It's interesting stuff, and I have so much to learn!
That's what I love about this hobby. There is always so much room to learn. It's one of the most attractive thing about fish. It's never boring. to the original poster, good luck with this little fella. I hope whatever your choices are it all works out.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:52 AM   #24 
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Schooling fish often number in the thousands or even tens of thousands, they stay extremely close together.. like an inch apart from inch either. You can google sardines for a good example of this.

Shoaling fish travel together but often in smaller numbers, although it can still number in the hundreds. Theres usually about a full fish length between individual fish. They also scatter abit more and and dont all move as one large unit. Few freshwater fish actually school but the term is still used for simplicity, as alot of people aren't familiar with the term "shoaling"
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Schooling fish often number in the thousands or even tens of thousands, they stay extremely close together.. like an inch apart from inch either. You can google sardines for a good example of this.

Shoaling fish travel together but often in smaller numbers, although it can still number in the hundreds. Theres usually about a full fish length between individual fish. They also scatter abit more and and dont all move as one large unit. Few freshwater fish actually school but the term is still used for simplicity, as alot of people aren't familiar with the term "shoaling"
Thanks for that clarification! Really neat stuff. . . so then I guess guppies ARE shoalers - and Mollies, too. Are shoalers happy/comfortable without other of their kind? I know schoolers aren't. Now I'm curious as to how many fish labeled as schoolers actually aren't!
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:19 PM   #26 
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Thanks for that clarification! Really neat stuff. . . so then I guess guppies ARE shoalers - and Mollies, too. Are shoalers happy/comfortable without other of their kind? I know schoolers aren't. Now I'm curious as to how many fish labeled as schoolers actually aren't!
And thus the investigation starts!!!
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:53 PM   #27 
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This Molly seems fine swimming alone. It just goes in circles all day. Much more active then my bettas but at its size, the 3g i have it in is huge lol. I threw in some java moss for it today. Im planning on getting it healthy then hopefully finding it a good home. I know alot of responsible betta owners, hopefully one of them would like a pretty little dalmation molly :)
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This Molly seems fine swimming alone. It just goes in circles all day. Much more active then my bettas but at its size, the 3g i have it in is huge lol. I threw in some java moss for it today. Im planning on getting it healthy then hopefully finding it a good home. I know alot of responsible betta owners, hopefully one of them would like a pretty little dalmation molly :)
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:19 PM   #29 
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Oh, good! I'm glad s/he is happy! Poor little thing... keep us posted, and good luck finding a new forever home!
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #30 
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Miss Molly is doing great. I feed her a bloodworm daily to try and get some weight on her. Shes amazingly friendly. I thought only Bettas came up excitedly for foods but she does it. She spends her days swimming circles through her java moss, keeping an eye open for feeds. I cant see an amazing difference in weight yet, but she does look a bit more "alive" compared to two days ago. As long as shes eating i think she will be fine. If i cant find a permanent home for her then, well, i dont think id mind keeping her ;) I do have a 35g that im putting together for two bettas with a divider, i could always place a 3rd divider in for her so shed have 10-15 gallons to herself which would be suitable for her for now. One thing ive noticed though is that she will eat until her belly is round and then stop, ?My bettas wont do this, they will eat themselves to death. Do mollys know when to stop or is it just coincidence?
Also.. anyone know weather this is indeed a "miss" if not, poor boy being called miss molly XD)

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