Black molly family - Good and bad

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I could not find a black molly!! I found a single sailfin molly. How do I acclimate this guy to salt?

I stuck him in my FW tank for now and got to be honest, he is pretty :p It's the baby blue eyes....
I prefer to take a week or so, do water changes and use hypersaline water for replacement.

Keep a close eye out for white stringy poo. Many times FW mollies come with tapeworms which food soaking praziquantel or fenbendazole will fix.
 

Tamberav

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I prefer to take a week or so, do water changes and use hypersaline water for replacement.

Keep a close eye out for white stringy poo. Many times FW mollies come with tapeworms which food soaking praziquantel or fenbendazole will fix.
He's a pooping machine! Appears normal brown poo though...

Paid almost 5 bucks just for this one guy from Petco. I thought they were supposed to be cheap fish.

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Just occured to me why the Petco fish looked in such great health today...even the salt. There were no price tags anywhere... everything has been removed. It seems during covid peak they didn't get fish in or didn't order or something and all the tanks went fallow as a result. She told me they just got fish in today finally and that's why the prices were still gone.
 
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Badilac

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I could not find a black molly!! I found a single sailfin molly. How do I acclimate this guy to salt?

I stuck him in my FW tank for now and got to be honest, he is pretty :p It's the baby blue eyes....

Just put him in a bucket of FW then using a drip line drip SW into the bucket very slowly. I do this over a course of 2-3 days. As the bucket fills up you can remove some water with a cup. it drips slow enough that a bucket doesn't even fill half way over night so no worries of over filling the bucket. I just drip water from my DT to the bucket so it serves the purpose of doing a WC also..
 

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Stopped at another LFS and no mollies at all!

Here is the set up I got going for him. I knew buying this hob filter for a $1.50 when Petco started purging their Dr foster and Smith stuff would one day be useful!

He is not too thrilled about it.

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mattzang

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so how easily do mollies get beat up by saltwater fish? i have in my 40 breeder observation tank a flame angel, an orchid dottyback, and 2 ocellaris clowns. i'm thinking they're all liable to kick the crap out of black mollies... maybe i'll just put them in my 20 gallon conditioning type tank and just h2o2 bath fish into there and see how long they go until something rolls in with disease of some type
 

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so how easily do mollies get beat up by saltwater fish? i have in my 40 breeder observation tank a flame angel, an orchid dottyback, and 2 ocellaris clowns. i'm thinking they're all liable to kick the crap out of black mollies... maybe i'll just put them in my 20 gallon conditioning type tank and just h2o2 bath fish into there and see how long they go until something rolls in with disease of some type
The dottyback might be a problem, but usually tangs, triggers and other "predator fish" are the primary threat.
 

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Someone on nano reef would always keep 1 sailfin molly in all his display tanks and it seemed to do fine. It was with damsels, foxface, angelfish....but probably depends on the other fish. Mollies can get big I think, 6 inches?
 

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Someone on nano reef would always keep 1 sailfin molly in all his display tanks and it seemed to do fine. It was with damsels, foxface, angelfish....but probably depends on the other fish. Mollies can get big I think, 6 inches?
The sailfin & balloon mollies get pretty big (for mollies).
 
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