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IM 14G Peninsula Nano Reef

Reefinglens

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Goals for the future:
- increase amount of phytoplankton production
- improve copepod culture production
- continue culturing baby brine shrimp

- Acquire Blue Hypnea +Dragons Breath + various sponges
- Acquire Christmas Tree Rock + Clam?
-Transition 3 Mollies into saltwater (2 week transition period)
I think @Mr2KiEu has Dragons breath and a Christmas tree rock for sale
 

Hella_Salty650

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3 Mollies added :)
Remind me of goldfish LOL

Side note:
Woke up to the Indo Dragon Soul on top of the SC Dynamite :(

Another Problem: So excited for CFM but I'm closing deals left and right using up all the money I was prepared to spend at the market..
 

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richiev

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3 Mollies added :)
Remind me of goldfish LOL

Side note:
Woke up to the Indo Dragon Soul on top of the SC Dynamite :(

Another Problem: So excited for CFM but I'm closing deals left and right using up all the money I was prepared to spend at the market..
Are the mollies surviving? Any special process you followed to get them salt acclimated? I've had no luck getting them to acclimate to full salinities.
 

Hella_Salty650

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Are the mollies surviving? Any special process you followed to get them salt acclimated? I've had no luck getting them to acclimate to full
All survived! 3 orange mollies 1 black/white Molly

1. Set up 10 gal freshwater
2. Place mollies in fresh water and feed for week (1) to improve health
3. Week (2) slowly increase salinity every few hours until salinity was around 22 ish then I just tossed them into my DT!

I found that white and black lyre tail mollies were much hardier than the orange color. In addition, my first batch (4 black mollies) survived with 1 hr acclimation while my second batch (3 orange mollies) died the next morning after 1 hr acclimation.

To be safe and avoid death, transition period of 2 weeks worked best for me!
 

Hella_Salty650

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Pretty cool, I know Jake Adams has some in his tanks on his channel. Supposed to be pretty good algae eaters?
In my experience, great algae eaters until they learn you feed them. Once they learn that, they basically become crowding fish. You can fix that and get them back on algae if you just starve em out a day or 2…

Even if they don’t eat as much algae as I hoped, the positive is that since they are crowding fish, my mandarins aren’t afraid anymore and are always out!

Quick update: 1 of orange mollies was swimming lethargic, not reacting to food, breathing hard. Tossed that one back into the original tank it came from. Plan to leave it in there another week and go from there
 

richiev

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All survived! 3 orange mollies 1 black/white Molly

1. Set up 10 gal freshwater
2. Place mollies in fresh water and feed for week (1) to improve health
3. Week (2) slowly increase salinity every few hours until salinity was around 22 ish then I just tossed them into my DT!

I found that white and black lyre tail mollies were much hardier than the orange color. In addition, my first batch (4 black mollies) survived with 1 hr acclimation while my second batch (3 orange mollies) died the next morning after 1 hr acclimation.

To be safe and avoid death, transition period of 2 weeks worked best for me!
Where are you getting yours from? I have tried the fast acclimation and a slow, week long, acclimation (in a tank feeding them), and not had any success.

I eventually gave up because my wife thought I was preparing to become a serial killer.
 

Hella_Salty650

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Where are you getting yours from? I have tried the fast acclimation and a slow, week long, acclimation (in a tank feeding them), and not had any success.

I eventually gave up because my wife thought I was preparing to become a serial killer.
This most recent batch is from 6th Ave! I know Aquatic Collection was open to selling their saltwater acclimated mollies in the display tank! White color
 
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Hella_Salty650

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Dragons Tongue Macro
Pink + Green Nepthea
Grubs Gorgonian
 

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Hella_Salty650

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Australian Spider Sponge!
Definitely my favorite picture to date!

Very sad I have to rehome this… That chest hurt type of pain
 

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Hella_Salty650

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Never saw that beautiful sponge. Massive polyps - is it nonphotosynthetic? Why do you have to rehome it?
Australian Spider Sponge! I’m looking to rehome it because my 14g isn’t suited for it’s needs long term. Plus, I’m an amateur hobbiest learning so I’d rather allow someone who is more informed and experienced to keep this lovely specimen
 

MolaMola

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Australian Spider Sponge! I’m looking to rehome it because my 14g isn’t suited for it’s needs long term. Plus, I’m an amateur hobbiest learning so I’d rather allow someone who is more informed and experienced to keep this lovely specimen
That thing is wild - I looked it up and read that the polyps are a type of parasitic zoa. Hopefully some experienced spongekeepers here.
 

Hella_Salty650

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That thing is wild - I looked it up and read that the polyps are a type of parasitic zoa. Hopefully some experienced spongekeepers here.
After having some time with this sponge, focusing on the growth of the sponge has been working for me. The zoas will come with it so I feed when it is closed
 

Hella_Salty650

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Didn’t know this was you bro. Good to see ya on BAR! Thanks again for the OGs! They are doing well.
You know it! Glad they are in good hands

Your Pom Pom Gracilaria Color is really coming out!
 

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