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How to transport a fish (not far) and tell me about Mollies?

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Marne Thu 23-Aug-12 18:04:24

Hi, tomorrow i am taking my lonely tetra to a new home and am planning on being home some Mollies. Its only a 5 minute car journey but i dont have a bag to put him in, will he be ok in a tub for 5 minutes?

Tell me a bout Mollies?
How big do they grow?

I have a couple guppies left in my tank and the tetra (which is going to a home full of other tetras), my tanks only 60ltr but am planning on getting a tank for dd1's room (either for the guppies to go into, if they are still alive by the time i have cycled another tank) or to house a fighting fish.

How many Mollies can i put in my tank? will they be ok living with the male guppies until my other tank is ready? Mollies are only babbies at the moment so not very big.

EauRouge Thu 23-Aug-12 18:58:24

Sure, he'll be OK in an ice cream tub or similar for 5 mins. Make sure you acclimatise him properly to the new tank.

Mollies get to around 3 inches, too big for a 60 litre tank really but they should be OK temporarily. Something around 90 litres+ would be OK and I would keep them on their own because they can be buggers.

Marne Thu 23-Aug-12 19:11:22

Thank you, will they be ok with the guppies for a few weeks (whilst they are still small)?

Going to have a look over the weekend for a new (2nd hand) tank and will cycle it ASAP.

JollyHockeyStick Thu 23-Aug-12 19:21:21

If you have a tank currently then you can transfer your filter media to the new tank, which will help with cycling. If you are keeping the current tank running you should be able to take 1/3 of the filter media out to put in the new tank, without any problems.

When we moved house we moved the tank and the fish at the same time - took most of the water out of the tank, put some of the water in a large plastic box and the fish in there. Popped the filter sideways so it was under water.

Because we kept the stones and the filter media our tank didn't require cycling, it was just the equivalent of a really big water change. If you can move the stones and the filter to the new tank along with the fish that would work best.

Marne Thu 23-Aug-12 20:06:57

Thanks Jolly, i have put some extra stones in the tank today (after i did a water change) so can move some of those to the new tank, also didn't wash the filter out today so lots of nice bacteria in there. Fingers crossed i will find a tank this weekend (either at the tip or at a carboot sale).

JollyHockeyStick Fri 24-Aug-12 19:01:58

There are occasionally some on freecycle and we got a good deal on eBay. Gumtree is also worth checking.

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