Starting a Brackish Aquarium

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Post by sarina23 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:20 pm

RTR wrote:I would not keep GSPs and BBGs together in any size tank. I think that PP will agree with me on that. But the same setup substituting F-8s would more appropriate if a bit too crowded for me.
When I began my brackish tank, I had a couple BBGs with my GSPs and a couple months later they disappeared completely! No trace of them anywhere, so I aggree with you! I learned the hard way :shock:
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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:23 pm

Hmmm... I wonder where they went? Yum, yum!
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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by sarina23 » Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:29 pm

lol, btw pufferpunk, in the beginning of my puffer love affair, you helped me greatly with everything I know about them! I remember searching and reading a lot of articles by you. So I want to say thank you and you ROCK!!
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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:06 pm

Thanks :D
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Post by LilGreenPuffer » Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:57 am

lisalisa wrote:Does anyone agree though that the proposed stocking is a bit off? 8 GSP's and 10 BBG's in a 125?
Yes.
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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by LilGreenPuffer » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:03 am

So, what's specific gravity?
"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him or her. Will she gain anything by it? Will it restore her to a control over her own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to freedom for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:03 am

Are you aware nothing has been posted in this thread since November?
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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by LilGreenPuffer » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:27 am

Ooops :)
"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him or her. Will she gain anything by it? Will it restore her to a control over her own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to freedom for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:49 am

That's ok, it's a sticky for a reason.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by seventy » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:25 am

Since its a sticky, and off-topic, about a year ago my gsp ate a knight goby. Couldnt decide if i was impressed or disappointed..... But hes in full sw now and is still afraid of my 5" scarlet cleaner shrimp. Maybe its the whiskers, id be scared too.
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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by daniel420 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:19 pm

Does anyone have a good calculation to mix water and marine salt? im trying to bring my water to 1.002sg and cant really figure out if my mix is going to be to strong or weak.

Thanks,
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C valentini
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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:49 pm

You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by daniel420 » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:54 pm

Are there any bottom feeder fish that I can throw in with my GSP's? Im looking for something that can clean up the poo and stuff on the bottom of my tank.

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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by jSanders » Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:24 pm

I've had a 55g hex tank dirted and cycled ready for a heavily planted fw setup when my wife sees GSPs at the local shop. Fast forward to me ditching the dirt, cleaning the tank, recycling with sand ...fast forward to us buying 2 "freshwater puffers"... I am currently bringing up the salinity to brackish. They are each about 1.5-1.75 inches long, white bellied, eating regularly and their tails are growing back. The shop had 18 (I counted) in a 20 gallon cube. Right now the salinity hardly registers on my hydrometer and I'm adding 1 tbs (mixed with treated water) each day. I have fresh water plants and a few Malawian cichlids in the tank currently but a new tank is already set up to receive the plants and cichlids as soon as I see signs of a problem. The plants (Java fern, anubias, a couple of swords) are healthy now but I have no idea how much salinity they will take. As soon as I see growth stop or brown ends, I'll pull them but my question is, how long can I expect them to hold out? There is no aggression in the tank as far as I can tell, the cichlids (only 3 so five small fish in a rather wide 55g hex) have carved out nests and the puffers have claimed perches on rocks. I see no composition for food. I'm feeding the puffers clams, blood worms and keeping hitch hiker snails and ghost shrimp for them to chase and chew. The cichlids eat flake and pellets and what worms fall. Ammonia, nitrite and nitrates are all in the zone, pH stays around 7.4 and weekly 20% water changes are done. I also feed with a ring to make getting the unbeaten food out easier. Any experience in converting to brackish with live plants and Malawian cichlids? I've had the puffers for a month now and things seem stable, just curious what to expect as I bring the salinity up.

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Re: Starting a Brackish Aquarium

Post by Dragongoby_scrubs » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:25 pm

Very helpful thanks!

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