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  1. There will soon be a new puffer in the family, but I’d love to talk brackish basics. @Zenzoand @Chris, I know you folks have brackish tanks with Green Spotted Puffers, and I think others also have brackish tanks. Since it’s possible the fish will be living in fresh water when I get it I’m not sure how to cycle the tank. Should I cycle with fresh water and then slowly raise the salinity? Will that affect the cycle? Or should I cycle with a low salinity and then somehow acclimate the fish?
  2. Hi Guys, Had an idea for adding Chordgrass to a brackish setup I am getting for my Figure 8 Puffer. I realize it grows quite tall, but that's not really an issue as long as it doesn't seize control of the entire tank. Anyone have any experience with this type of plant? It is salt tolerant and will do fine partially submerged.;
  3. Hello my LFS sells dwarf pea puffers as brackish water fish. But I’m looking around online and seeing they are freshwater, would it be ok to buy the puffer and put it in fresh water?
  4. A while back I started this thread about starting a mini-pond, a ~50 gallon kidney bean partially buried pond liner... Since then I have used some crushed coral and flora max for substrate, sponge filter and more recently an 8" waterfall which I dumped some bio balls and more sponge to since it had a trough and why not. I also added a 200 watt heater to help prop the temp up which does help but still not quite warm enough to add any live stock. I think a few more week things should be ready. My plan is to put some guppies in the pond, if I can find enough cover for them. Having a hard time finding stuff like hornwort and a tad early for pond plants but I do have a couple lily pads started. I have a 20 gallon tank setup inside. Our well water is on the softer side, so I opted to use crushed coral in the 20 gallon tank as well as the mini-pond. The 20 gallon tank is sitting at 7.8 and the pond a little higher (evaporation?) at 8.2. The 20 gallon is a newly cycled and since i have been running medication and having to change some of the water the water is a little cloudy. No ammonia/nitrite and nitrates less than 5 ppm (down from 40 after it finished cycling on 3/9). I did make a mistake and bought 4 guppies from a well known chain store to which 3 of the 4 guppies died in less than 48 hours. So I did get 8 more guppies from a local pet store and did not have quite as bad luck, I've lost 1 or 2, but I do have one that is behaving weird. In the attached photos the guppy will lie on the bottom of the tank and then swim off, but I have not seen it swim more than halfway up. I can't see anything visually wrong and the rest of the fish seem to be fine. (seems the photos aren't rotated correctly). I have treated the tank with Maracyn, Para cleanse and Ich-X. The consensus of responses I got from other sources are that guppies aren't as hardy as they used to be and that I just got a bad batch of guppies, etc. Not entirely sure that is true, I just think getting them from a chain store and a newly cycled tank that I'm running meds through probably is part of the equation. My question about the guppies since I have not previously kept guppies before are things to look out for, or other "general" tips. Someone suggested brackish water. Which is also something I haven't had experience with. I did lookup to get an idea of how much salt I would need to add for brackish water...in short depending on whether you go "low end" or "high end" brackish, closer to marine, it seems you would add somewhere around 1.5 lbs of marine salt for a 20 gallon tank. The two concerns I have is whether any plants can acclimate to brackish water that have previously been in freshwater and since my plan is to keep guppies in an outdoor pond, I don't know how difficult it would be to maintain brackish water outdoors or that there is a whole lot of benefit of keeping guppies in brackish water. Definitely would prefer the easier route but if brackish water is a hands-down good way to go for guppies and the plants won't die off it is something I would look at doing. Plants I plan on keeping in the 20 gallon are really going to be limited to floating plants like duckweed, frogbit and water sprite...hornwort if I can ever find any. Some sources suggest these plants will tolerate brackish water but I am a bit skeptical. Plants I plan on keeping in the mini-pond are the same as the 20 gallon plus lily pads and other pond plants like water hyacinth, water lettuce and so forth. Getting to some of the concerns about the pond itself. One of the concerns I have is temperature. I have been monitoring the temps for some time and I am worried that when the hot weather arrives that I will have a hard time keeping the temp at or under 82 F. The pond will be in sunlight between 11 AM and 3 PM which is enough to warm up the water quite a bit and it hasn't been very warm or humid yet. I don't know if having a lot of floating plants covering the water surface will help enough to keep the temp under control or not. Can't really move the pond at this point, not many places get less sunlight that is level enough to keep the pond. Any suggestions and advice are welcomed 🙂
  5. I want to create a brackish aquarium. I would use a 20 gallon tank, and am interested in figure eight puffers. I would like to know how to execute one properly, and what plants are good choices. Thanks!
  6. Hi, I've been doing some reading about GH and osmoregulation and I'm a bit confused about the role GH plays in water. Could you put a brackish fish like a figure 8 puffer in high GH water (e.g. 12-20 dGH) and have them thrive as if the water was brackish? Thank you
  7. Hi! I recently got some guppies that were originally kept in a brackish water kind of setting. They are all getting kind of sick with fungus and one of them had dropsy. What can I do to get them used to freshwater? I'm really trying to get them healthy but they aren't doing that good for me.
  8. All though this is a freshwater forum, I bet there are some brackish/ saltwater nerms on here. What kind of tanks do you keep?
  9. Hi, I know that this isn't about freshwater, but I have a 75 gallon brackish water tank. It have been through a lot of different fishes, and I have tried out a lot of the more common brackish water fishes, now I'm trying to get to some rarer fishes for the tank. Currently, I have a couple of indian mudskiper in the tank, and need some more unique fish for the water section of the tank. Please leave as many suggestion as you can. Thank you.
  10. I have a 29g that my green spotted puffer lives in with a scape of cichlid rocks and plastic plants that he/she can explore. I would really like to replace the plastic plants with something live as all of my freshwater tanks have only live plants in them. I am also hoping that live plants could slightly help lengthen the time in between water changes by consuming some nutrients. Are there any plants that are easy to get online or that I can look for at my LFS that will tolerate brackish water? Thanks in advance!
  11. Is my Amano shrimp pregnant? If she is, what am I expecting? 100s of babies? Lol
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