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    Default Want to acclimate a molly to saltwater, will this work?


    0 Not allowed!
    I'd like to acclimate a nice little molly to saltwater, and I want to make sure it doesn't get salinity shocked or anything. First of all, is it just sailfin mollies, or all mollies that can live in saltwater?
    I'm thinking I'll just set up a little 1.2g with the pre-cycled filter cartrige I have and throw a couple of fake plants in for hidey-holes, then every day remove a bit of the freshwater and add saltwater until the salinity matches. How long should I be acclimating the molly for? A week and a half? Two weeks? I'm thinking I'd add the saltwater with airline tubing, like drip acclimating, and shut the drip off whenever I can't be around to watch it.
    Last edited by Fishkeeper; 12-13-2013 at 02:08 AM.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    3 Not allowed!
    No fish belongs in a 1.2 gallon tank. Especially not a fish that can get up to 4 inches like mollys.
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    0 Not allowed!
    +1 to the above

    I would not even use that tank for a QT set-up.

    You also have to keep in mind, fresh water beneficial bacteria will not survive in a marine environment so as you would be increasing the salinity level to a typical marine environment, you would also be cycling your tank with fish. It's not just as easy as slowly adding some marine salt over a few weeks/months.

    If you want a marine set-up, I would just stick with marine fish.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    2 Not allowed!
    I added a black lyre-tail Molly to my reef tank once, when I first started it. It didn't last long, it went MIA after a few weeks. I don't think they are compatible with marine creatures, even when acclimatised properly. Or full salt shortens their life span. I only tried it with one molly. I suppose that's why you basically never see them in marine set ups. Mollies can stand full salt, but only tolerate it, it's not the best condition for them to be in. If you want to treat your molly like it's "worth $10,000", you'd be better off setting up a nice brackish tank for it.

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    0 Not allowed!
    I already have a marine setup, the 1.2 was supposed to be very temporarily. I've read that they can live in saltwater... Guess that was wrong.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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