Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

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Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

Postby titanoboa100 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:10 pm

I think you guys might notice me from other posts. I had a 10 gallon tank with a single freshwater GSP inside. I know the 10 gallon is too small and I am still trying to get a bigger one. I was told in the mean time to get my GSP to a marine environment and thats what I have begun lately. So in addition to my current freshwater tank I have a marine tank siting in my home that has been cycling since 6/20/2012. The tank is unfortunately a 10 gallon also. However here is a description of my tank:

Tank Decor:
4 lbs of Fiji Rock from Petco
Nature's Ocean Bio-Active Live Sand For Saltwater Tanks 15lbs

Tank inhabitants:
1 curly cue anemone
1 black and white striped damsel fish
1 Margarita snail(I think its dead)

I know that the damsel fish will probably have to go when I introduce the GSP, but cant I keep the Anemone?

Water Parameters: I have been using the old API freshwater droplet test for my saltwater tank. I simply use an online image of the salt water color chart to check my results. I think the freshwater and saltwater API tests are the same just the color charts are different.

Date: 6/20/2012
High Range PH: 7.4
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
Ammonia: 0
Salinity 1.026

Date: 6/25/2012
High Range PH: 8.2
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10
Ammonia: 0.90
Salinity 1.026


Date: 6/27/2012
High Range PH: 8.2
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20
Ammonia: 0.90
Salinity 1.026



Date: 7/2/12
High Range PH: 8.2
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 2.0
Ammonia: .50
Salinity 1.026



Date: 7/9/12
High Range PH: 8.2
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20
Ammonia: 0.50
Salinity 1.026

Date:7/13/12
High Range PH: 8.3
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate:20
Ammonia: 0
Salinity 1.026


Date:7/17/12
High Range PH: 8.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 40
Ammonia: 0.25
Salinity 1.026


Date: 7/19/12
High Range PH: 8.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 40
Ammonia: 0.25
Salinity 1.026

Date: 7/23/12
High Range PH: 7.8
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20
Ammonia: 0.25
Salinity: 1.019


I have been cycling the tank since 6/20/2012. When can I introduce my GSP? My GSP is currently in his freshwater tank and the tank has a salinity of 1.002.

Will the damsel fish be a threat to the GSP? If I have to play favorites the damsel fish will have to go else were since the tank was started for my GSP to transition into a Marine tank. Again im still working on getting a bigger tank for champion. I actually had a smaller damsel in addition to the one still alive in the tank, however it died on 7/21/2012. I also had a feather duster worm but it died or disappeared and left its empty ca coon.

Here is a video taken today from my 10 gallon nano marine today. Let me know what you think is best for Champion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePfze7ooLG0
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Re: Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

Postby bertie 83 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:31 pm

I feel you have been pointed in the wrong direction. More water volume is key
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Re: Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

Postby trekenk on Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:39 pm

I agree with bertie. You have had your GSP for over 4 months now I don't think we can stress enought how important a bigger tank is.
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Re: Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

Postby sgtmyers88 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:36 pm

I dont mean to sound harsh but your only killing your puffer in such cramped conditions. Please try to get at least a 29 or 55 gallon tank if you are bothering to go full marine. And yes the damsel and inverts will only be bullied to death and eaten by the puffer. We would all love to see champion grow up and live like a champ but it will not happen in that little tank.
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Re: Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

Postby titanoboa100 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:07 pm

Is there something I can do to transition champ to that tank on a temporary basis? What should my water perameters be like?
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Re: Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

Postby bertie 83 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:35 pm

Once you have 0 amm, 0 nitrite and under 20 nitrate feel free to drip acclimate him to the s/w tank, please keep it as a temporary home, bigger will be better for him. Good luck.
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Re: Starting Marine tank for GSP: I want to transition.

Postby Pufferpunk on Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:57 pm

Get rid of the nem, it can sting the puffer or easily die in a tank that small, crashing the system, killing the puffer.
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