Brackish tank setup

Discussion in 'Brackish Tanks Forum' started by xxSTEPHENSxx, Mar 30, 2010.

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    xxSTEPHENSxx Valued Member Member

    Can someone point me in the right direction in setting up a brackish tank. The reason is because I want a puffer and they are a brackish fish. Can they live in a fresh water tank or brackish only?
     
  2. Furallicah

    Furallicah Well Known Member Member

  3. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    Hi Jaime! ;D
    I replied in your puffer research thread, but I'm not sure you saw it. https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/puffers/67572-should-i-start-researching-puffers.html

    If you need any help, I am happy to help however I can. Keep in mind, though, I have never kept a brackish tank, only FW and marine (reef) tanks. But, I think with my experience with marine tanks I may be able to at least point you in the right direction. If there is anything I can do, let me know!

    On Fishlore, I know that Pinkfloydpuffer can probably be a ton of help to you. I haven't seen her post in a while, but maybe shoot her a PM? I believe she's kept GSP's and other brackish puffers.
     
  4. pepetj

    pepetj Well Known Member Member

    First you need to correctly ID the puffer you are about to keep. There are some strictly freshwater puffers. Others need freshwater as juveniles. Then low-end salinity (brackish here we go!). Some stay there and do great. Others require an increase in salinity (still brackish). Some puffers are true marine species.

    Pepetj
    Santo Domingo
     
  5. OP
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    xxSTEPHENSxx Valued Member Member

    Harpua - Thanks.. I replied to that thread.

    Pepetj - I am trying to decide between F8 and GSP.

    This is my understanding on FW to BW

    Freshwater to brackish is really easy, you just buy marine salt and a hydrometer or refractometer, add the marine salt to a bucket with water in it, use the hydrometer or refractometer to measure salinity to get it where you need it, let the salt water sit for a day, and then add it to the tank. you don't need any special equipment or anything, but just remember that salt won't evaporate from your tank, and make sure you test the salinity to keep things in check.
     




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