Category: Operation Molly Conversion

They’re in the tank now and seem to be doing fine! The…

They’re in the tank now and seem to be doing fine! The male is already foraging.

Got a couple mollies! They’re orange, white, and blue….

Got a couple mollies! They’re orange, white, and blue. They’re gorgeous and it was a bit of an impulse buy haha.

I’ve got them acclimating to the salt now.

Hey, are your mollies the same as the one people sell as fresh water even done they are brackish water? Or they are different species? I really liked them, and very beautiful reef.

They’re the same as the ones sold for fresh water, yes! In the wild they move between fresh and salt water environments, so they can live in either. I just bought some of the fresh water ones from petsmart and acclimated them to salt!

And thanks! 😀

@mossasaurus So here are two of my mollies, a male sailfin…

@mossasaurus

So here are two of my mollies, a male sailfin lyretail silver sphenops, and a female Dalmatian latipinna. The top two pictures are them today, I’ve had the mollies for three months. The male is around two inches long, and the female is closer to three.

The next two pictures are the Dalmatian female the day I got her (left) and a few weeks later (right). She’s gotten much darker, but I believe that’s normal for Dalmatian mollies.

The last three pictures are the male, progressing from the day I got him to about a month ago. He’s gotten some patterning on his body, with gold along the top of his sailfin and black on the end of his tail.

Both mollies have had some growth, and both have become a longer, more streamline shape, enough so that it’s noticeable looking through the pictures.

What’s your gravity at? Is there a certain point where theres too much salt for the mollies? Also, do you have to slowly raise the salt level to get the mollies accustomed to it, or can they go from fresh to salt instantly? Thanks. I adore your tank! It is so well done!

Ok I’m not too good with all the terms, but the gravity is just the salinity, yes? My salinity fluctuates a lot, between 1.025, and around 1.030. As far as I know, my tank is about as salty as anyone would keep a salt tank, so I don’t think you have to worry about it being too much for the mollies.

As for converting them:

The first ones I got I just did a regular 30 minute drip acclimation, and got the salinity up to 1.010 within that time. I put them in after that 30 minutes and they did fine.
The second time I got them I just drip acclimated them for 10 minutes – getting the salinity up to 1.010 in that time – and, again, they were fine.

You can ask/message with any other questions and I’ll be happy to help, and you can also check out my ‘Operation Molly Conversion’ tag!

Thanks, and I hope that answered your questions!

It’s still feels kinda Wrong seeing mollies in with my…

It’s still feels kinda Wrong seeing mollies in with my coral

Look at this ferocious baby! Attacking her food!!

Look at this ferocious baby! Attacking her food!!

Update on the Mollies

letsgetsalty:

letsgetsalty:

Taking a quick break from posting yesterday’s happenings to give an update.

Unfortunately the golden panda molly didn’t make it through the night. I think she may have been pregnant, and she just wasn’t doing as well as the other two. Petsmart has a 14 day guarantee so we’re going to hopefully get a refund (I don’t know if putting them in saltwater voids that, haha), but I haven’t decided if I’m going to get another.

On a more positive note, the others are doing great! Jackson has really taken a liking to the dalmatian, and the gold lyretail is currently begging him for attention.

So after thirty minutes searching for – and forty-five minutes retrieving – the molly’s body, we were able to get an exchange for another fish. I love the pandas, but got a dalmatian instead because Jackson seems to like them better. She’s pregnant, too, so hopefully we’ll get babies within a month!

Sorry, guys. More bad news. We’re down to just one baby molly, and the gold lyretail died last night 🙁
The baby seemed really unhealthy for some reason- it was smaller than the other and wouldn’t eat or swim around a lot, and the other fish just harassed the lyretail and she got too stressed.

GUYS WE’VE GOT BABIES!!!!! I turned off the power…

GUYS

WE’VE GOT BABIES!!!!!

I turned off the power heads to feed and these little guys came out to get food!!! They look a few days old but I just saw them. I guess the gold panda molly had them!!!

In the tank! She really likes the other dalmatian.

In the tank! She really likes the other dalmatian.