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Old 12-07-2006, 05:41 PM   #11
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Parasites are only a part of marine problems and diseases. Bacterial and viral problems are a big part also.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:45 PM   #12
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thats also considering the mollies are swimming around in one of those feeder tanks (poor goldies) or are kept in bad conditions to begin with.

my pet stores take care of mollies well, yours may not...
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If you quarantine the parents and then feed the offspring to the lion where is the chance of infection?
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If you quarantine the parents and then feed the offspring to the lion where is the chance of infection?
As long as you QT properly/thoroughly then it should not be an issue; however, this food item should be used to sustain the lionfish until it is "trained" to prepared food items and not as the main diet.
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Since posting this question I've been doing a exhaustive amount of research on the subject and I've learned the following:

1) My dwarf lionfish's digestive system and natural diet is geared more toward crustaceans than fish.

2) All lionfish should be fed a variety of foods as opposed to a single food source or else they can develop deficiencies and health problems.

3) At least part of their diet should include whole foods (tail to head) instead of just a particular body part for the same reason as above.

4) FW feeders are fine as a supplement but if used as the main food source will eventually cause health problems in the long run due to lack of marine nutrients and containing undigestible fats.

5) While vitamin and nutritional additives are beneficial they are not a full substitute for a proper and varied diet.

6) If FW feeders are used they should be "gut-loaded" with a steady diet of marine foods beforehand.

7) Due to different biology, most FW fish parasites and diseases cannot survive or be transmitted to a SW environment. One of the exceptions to this is "Velvet" which can be transmitted from FW mollies to SW fish.
Using FW shrimp as feeders helps avoid the transmission of parasites or disease.

8 ) If marine feeders are used they should either be fully quarantined beforehand, or purchased from a certified disease-free, farmed source. (even then you may want to QT just to be on the safe side.)

I think that pretty much covers the bulk of what I've read, but if I come across anything else that's important I'll add it to the list.
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i diseases can still be transmitted to SW animals from FW animals, plus its also very inhumane to dump a fw animal into a sw enviroment
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i diseases can still be transmitted to SW animals from FW animals, plus its also very inhumane to dump a fw animal into a sw enviroment
Yes, there are a few certain diseases that can make the jump from a FW environment to a SW environment, "Velvet" being one of them as I mentioned above.
It might be useful to someday compile a list of diseases and parasites that can successfully survive the transition from FW to SW and vice versa.

As for the inhumane treatment, I was originally talking about drip acclimating mollies, which are a brackish fish, to a full SW environment for breeding.
One of my LFS has SW mollies for sale from time to time, but I would probably just acclimate my own over the course of a few days.
Since their body chemistry is already designed to handle the SW I don't think it would really be considered cruel or inhumane treatment.
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It is not inhumane at all. Mollies can be fully acclimated to saltwater conditions in 3-5 hours and are very hardy once adjusted.

It is more inhumane to have a molly as a full freshwater fish.
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