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    Default Breeder Net Necessary?

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    I just noticed tonight that one of two black mollies has had a bunch of fry. I've read that you should get a breeder net to separate them from the other fish, but since the only fish in there yet are the two mollies and two small neon tetras, it's a big tank (55 gal) and heavily planted, I was wondering if the net is necessary. They seem to be hanging around and among the plants instead of the open spaces, so that's good I'm guessing. Thanks.

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    A breeder net is good if you don't want the mom or any other fish to eat the fry - if you don't care, it isn't necessary - you appear to have plenty of space in that tank. Many fry will survive in a planted tank by hiding anyway.

    May I also recommend that you increase your # of neons (that is, as long as your tank is cycled) - they are happier in a school - you could up their group considerably!

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    Thanks. I bought a breeder net just in case, but they seem to be doing good in the plants. I came home from work today and there were no fewer fry (unless I under counted last night).

    I agree that I need more tetras. My original plan was to get two tetras and two mollies, then a few days later get a couple more tetras and something a little bigger but non-aggressive. I didn't want to just dump a bunch of fish in the tank all at once. With the surprise though the plans have changed. I'll probably just pick up a couple tetras tomorrow and wait until the fry get bigger before adding anything else. Especially anything bigger than a neon tetra.

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    just a suggestion - the more neons the happier they are, personal opinion you should have a dozen as a minimum, you definitely have the space for them

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    Hmm, I might do that. I was wanting to go for more diversity in the tank, but you're right, with a tank that size i could put a dozen in there and still have plenty of room. Also, I'll sacrifice diversity for healthier, happier fish.

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