Feeding Black Mollies???

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  1. Feelers

    Feelers Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Well just reading about how Black Mollies are fine in marine tanks provided they have adequate time to "convert". Would they be any good for feeding?

    Perhaps their nutritional profile would get better the longer they are in the salt water.

    Just an idea. :D
     
  2. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    I've always left them in, and they disappear in time. Whether or not I'd use them for a full time food source, I don't know...they certainly aren't a natural prey item. I'd stick with crabs and the like...
     
  3. Brock Fluharty

    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I, honestly, don't even acclimate my mollies to my tanks. I use them for cycling, and the fry are a little treat for my fish. I just thow them in, and they don't even care.
     
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    Coincidentally, that's the easiest way to teach kids and kittens how to swim ! Just throw 'em in, and see which ones make it back to the surface.
    Those mollies must have had lovely burning gills and swollen abdomens...sigh.
     
  5. alexmaymir

    alexmaymir Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    lol! I can't remember the last time i'd tried to teach my kittens to swim...maybe i'm just behind on the times?
     
  6. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    well, that's how not to do it.

    I also have used mollys in the past for setting up new tanks and for the occasional ceph treat but never used them extensively. I guess that copper issues from an LFS's tank would also be a concern unless you captive breed them.

    i acclimatise mollys by using a small plastic tank and adding a cupful of marine water every hour until they are in the right salinity. I always find that the nicest looking mollys are in marine water.

    I had one male molly for several years who went from marine to fresh several times... great fish
     
  7. Brock Fluharty

    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I know that's not how you should do it, and I do not literally throw them in. I acclimate them by adding a cup of saltwater every 5 minutes or so. They eat right after acclimation, and nothing seems wrong with them. Coud be because my LFS keeps them in a brackish tank, not freshwater. They keep them with those cool little figure 8 puffers.
     
  8. bigGdelta

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    Just remember to take them out of the sack first.
     

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