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Posted by bloomindaedalus on May 06, 2003 at 11:44:24:
In Reply to: thanks but .... posted by Marwan on May 06, 2003 at 11:22:05:
actually, Ed, in many cases the copper is used BEFORE the fish get to the pet store. The farms where the fish are raised use copper based chemicals to reduce parasite catastrophies in their ponds. The biggest problems with pet store feeders caused by the pet stores that i've seen are starvation (many places simply don't feed their feeder fish)and generally unclean conditions. Feeder tanks tend to be crowded and instead of frequent partial water changes, many stores dump a huge amount of the water at irregular intervals.
As far as go mollies, these are as good or bad as goldfish. But they may be better for you in the long run if you have many fish-eaters as they are really easy to breed. a ten gallon tank and some hiding spaces and decent filtration should yeild many generations over the course of a year if you start with, say, a dozen specimens. I personally feed gambusia affins (a "mosquitofish") and several killie fishies (which i have yet to have correctly identified) to all my fish eaters. You can often get both of these fish at bait stores or from farm fish wholesalers.
as for vit b deficiency, Ed's advice about the the worms is the way to go....just feed them well and enrich the soil.