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    Hi!
    I wanted to start a journal here to document setting up my first aquarium and hopefully get some feedback to make sure I'm doing everything right.
    I had a disastrous last week, I got a 10 gallon aquarium from a friend and put 4 platies in it that day, not knowing what cycling was... lost 3 then got 2 mollies, tried to cycle with the two mollies and a platy and they were all dead as of Monday. So I'm cycling without fish now!
    I got a new filter refill and cleaned the tank, rocks and decorations. I managed to find an API master test kit after looking at 4 pet stores and 2 walmarts.
    I set it up today and I'm using Old Country Ammonia (it is safe and pure ammonia!) to cycle.

    So far my test results are:
    Ammonia: 2ppm
    Nitrite- Didn't test
    Nitrate- Didn't test
    PH- 7.6
    Temperature: 20C/84F

    It looks like there is no point testing the nitrite/nitrate until the ammonia drops to zero. I'm following the directions in the beginners cycling part of this page.

    My plan is to get either:
    3 male mollies (either dalmatian, golddust, or marbled) OR
    3 male Mickey platies OR
    2 male Mickey platies and 2 male mollies (same colors as above)
    If any one sees something wrong with this please tell me! The reason for no females is I don't trust that they won't be pregnant when they come from the pet store and I don't think I can afford babies!

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    You are on the right track. The only comment I have is that mollies overall get quite big. the females might reach 3-4 inches and the males, while smaller, aren't tiny either.
    For a 10 gallon I would recommend sticking to the smaller livebearers (platies, guppies, endlers)

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    thank you! I really like the idea of schooling fish.. how many platies OR endlers could I fit in a 10 gallon? The recommended numbers on different websites varies a lot!

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    Someone will correct me if i am wrong. On endlers 15 or so. Platies 7 or 8 but not 15 and 8. Only one or the other i belive.
    Fishes go "pook pook"
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    Platies like 6... Endlers I'd start with max 10 and make sure you have a home for babies

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    Thankss triton, i like the back up of a seasoned pro.
    Fishes go "pook pook"
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    Guppies (male) are easy to come by too, and they would be ok with about 8 or so. Keep an eye on your parameters to make sure your filter can keep up. Try a 20g filter or higher. You can transfer your current media over to it with no problems, and your cycle will still be on its way.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    Since this is in the journal section.... Pictures??

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    There's a picture, hope it works! that's from the first day I set it up after washing it all.

    I'm thinking I'll get a group of 5-6 platies or I really like those endlers! I didn't see any at my pet store last time I was in but I wasn't really looking so they might have them :)

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    I second Triton, I'd start with 10 at max for Endlers and see how they do. If they do well, you can look it to adding a few more. That would overstock your aquarium by a bit but thats okay to do sometimes, IMO. If you like to overstock an aquarium like I do, just make sure you over filter like Azurescriber suggested. Over filter by at least double. Sorry about your bad start with your first aquarium! Happens way to often unfortunately.

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