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Old 03-31-2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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Acclimating full freshwater mollies to saltwater

Hi, just wondering I have gotten about 20 mollies very cheap in various sizes, from 1/4inch to fully mature. They were all in full freshwater and I would like to make them full-marine but dont want to kill them. Right now the only thing saltwater is a piece of live rockand a VERY small amount of saltwater that was with the rock. I checked the salinity and does not read anything and the mollies are going great and eating and courting good. I have them currntly in a large rubber maid tub that i belive is around 25-30gallons with just an airstone for now and am going to add an overflow tomorrow.

how long should I take out the acclimating process since they have never had saltwater until now? I know on many sites/forums including this one I seen 7-8 hours will work but when I mentioned it at the store the woman said weeks or months which sounded a bit strange since naturally they swim from one to the other. I was thinking about just a little per week or possibly a bit per day. My purpose is to use the live fry as live food once they are acclimated ans breeding.

any help would be very appreciated.

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I didn't even know that was possible very interesting. I am curious to hear about the results???????????????????????????????
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It is possible with mollies since their natural habitat can be either fresh or saltwater although most mollies in any petstore I have seen are fully freshwater. This is one test I hope to pass LOL, and so far they are all still eating like crazy and the males are chasing the females doing their courting so I assume all is good so far
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I've heard that a slow drip acclimation for 6 to 12 hours would work fine, and there are people on here that have done it in 3-4 and some who have done it over a few weeks. I would play it say and say over a day or two's time at the soonest.
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It is possible but I would either do a looong drip or set up a QT and increase the salinity over a long period of time. Hopefully someone with direct experience will chime in. I hear they are great algae grazers (not sure on the type of algae).
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I know that Hara has had success acclimating mollies from fresh to full SW.I'll see if I can find her thread on how she did it. You could pm her and ask her more detailed questions.

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I believe that it will take days to do. They need to be acclimated very slowly.

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I work at a pet store, and we tried this with a black molly. It didnt really take as long as we thought. And he did really well. we was in one of our tank for about a month and became kind of a mascot. but we ended up selling it. so now someone else has a unique fish to look at
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I had a last minute decision to make the other day. I was upping the level little by little and then saw since I put about 20 mollies in a rubbermaid the ammonia levels were sky rocketing so I added a large airstone and changed some water to the same salt level but they were still breathing rapidly so since I have gotten rid of the one damsel I thoughtwhy not try puttinga couple in the 25gallon which is quite a bit higher than the other salt level. Anyways I put them in there 2 nights ago and all are doing great, well other than the 2 small ones which the adults made a meal of.

the ones in the rubbermaid are doing good again so hopefully i have the salt level up to full marine level in a couple days so the fish will have less salinity change which I am sure is tough as any change would be

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It sounds like you are cycling the rubbermaid with the fish. Remember, ammonia and nitrItes are highly toxic to fish (that's why a lot of folks do a more humane fishless cycle).
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