SW Black Mollies

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  1. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    Has anyone seen salt-water acclimated black mollies for sale anywhere?
     
  2. Wlachnit

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    No. But I’ve acclimated my own. Easy to do.


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  3. Kensington Reefer

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    Very good hair algae eaters
     
  4. Bruce Spiegelman

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    I know but I really don't want to set up another tank even for a short time.
     
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    You can do it in a bucket


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  6. Bruce Spiegelman

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    I guess I'll go that route. Poor little mollies. Thx.
     
  7. Ibn

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    Or float/clip a plastic container in your main tank and just toss an airstone in it.
     
  8. scuzy

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    What are you using the mollies for? To test for ich?


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  9. Bruce Spiegelman

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    I want to see if they'll feast on the diatoms in my new Nem tank. I used MarinePure Bioballs as a "substrate" which is great for the nems -- gives them crevices to reach their foot into but still easy to move if I need too. The issue is the white MarinePure balls quick turn to brown MarinePure balls and look lousy. I was thinking mollies.....
     
  10. Ibn

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    They'll eventually turn purple over time. Might take awhile since it's a new tank plus you won't be dosing it.
     
  11. jepoy

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    Just curious, how do you use mollies to test for ich?


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  12. scuzy

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    Since mollies are fresh water and you freshly acclimate them to salt water the black mollies would get ich and show up easier


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    So Canaries for ich!?!


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    Exactly it's to Wed out the fishes that are immune to ich.


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    Yeah I did it a few weeks ago. Started with 2 and didn’t acclimate them, and they were both dead by the following morning. Second time, acclimated over 24 hours and they survived. Used them as ich canaries in QT after buying from Matt “the fish guy”. Watched the tank for another couple weeks and the mollies were spotless!

    I had been trying to add diamond gobies to my tank, but they just weren’t handling TTM well. Now I have a pair doing great in DT.


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  16. Chromis

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    But how do you know the mollies aren’t bringing their own ich into your tank?


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  17. Vhuang168

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    Mollies are freshwater. Saltwater ich cannot survive in freshwater.


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    And they are too nice to do that. They are very nice fish.
     
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    They actually are nice fish. The black ones are kinda plain though. Supposedly they eat algae.

    The problem is now that you’ve used them, what to do with them? I don’t feel good about killing them. So they’re hanging out in the QT right now.

    The only reason I used em was because I had killed several gobies previously trying to get them through TTM — a couple jumped through egg crate, a couple died from the stress without a sand bed.


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