Tank setup - substrate advice

Tain't fresh, and tain't marine! Talk about brackish setups.
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Tank setup - substrate advice

Post by kudos1uk » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:33 am

Hi all,

So I kind of rescued 2 GSP who were living in an un-cycled 10L freshwater tank being fed frozen bloodworm cubes (dropped in frozen), no heater & no airline.
Even so, I had no experience with Puffers or brackish tanks and did not really know what I had let myself in for, but have done my research now and I am where I am.

Initially I got them into my freshwater 60L tank which is way too small but a better life for the time being, they are currently 1.5 - 2" to tip of tail.

This is my two cute guys eating a meaty lunch (no longer an exclusive frozen bloodworm life): https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154608948637567

so I have just bought a big 250L tank for them and am in the process of getting it ready, I have a lot of experience with freshwater and will have the tank fully cycled and ready before adding them.

My tank will have a Fluval 404 with loads of media and I am also building a new nitrAte reactor (my last attempt was a bad design and did not work well), nitrAtes is the only area I struggle with as my tap water has high-ish Nitrates (20).

Water is very hard PH8.2 ammonia and nitrItes always kept at 0.

I have read up on how to slowly increase the marine salt so I don't crash my tank and I'm fine with all that.

My only real question is what substrate do you recommend I use, I want to have something easy to vac clean, never used sand but guess it is hard to keep clean, it has small-ish base as it's a tall thin tank, 3feet tall 3feet wide.

Any other advice you can offer a puffer novice, I have done a lot of research and am feeding shelled food now for their beaks.

I find it strange they are called green spotted puffers, the colouration on their heads is a vivid, almost luminous yellow, this seems to get more vivid when they are happy feeding, with this spread all over their body as they get older and I move to brackish water?

My Puffers: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154608948637567

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Re: Tank setup - substrate advice

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:58 am

Aragonite substrate is recommended. Just stir it thoroughly every week & siphon the settled detritus off the top of the sand's surface.
http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/lib ... d-puffers/
http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/vie ... =8&t=19348
You can instantly cycle your bigger tank as FW, with Tetra's Safestart & add the puffers immediately.
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Re: Tank setup - substrate advice

Post by kudos1uk » Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:16 am

Thanks for that, great information :)

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Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
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lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
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Re: Tank setup - substrate advice

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:03 am

But actually, if your water is that hard you could just use regular play sand. Eventually, you'll be moving to marine, right?
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