Turning a 5.5 into a brackish for milky fry and shrimp?

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So I recently learned mollies do well as brackish fish! I have 15 milky fry in a 5.5 and was thinking of converting it to brackish, however I also wanted to make it into a shrimp tank combo. Do most freshwater shrimp do okay in brackish? What about mystery snails? Or should I keep it freshwater with fry and shrimp? If I keep it freshwater I can also use it for platy fry.
When I say grow out tank I mean grow until they are 1/2inch in length and can be transferred to a tank with other fish.


 
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That should say "Molly" not milky.... My phone is not smart.


 

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I wouldn't try freshwater shrimp in a brackish tank. Get some Hawaiian volcano shrimp if you want brackish shrimp.
 
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Well aren't Amano and ghost shrimp only able to breed in brackish tanks? So why wouldn't they work? And is there a list of brackish invertebrates on this site?


 

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Ghosts don't need brackish to breed although they may tolerate brackish water for a time depending on the species. And while Amano larvae require brackish water I'm fairily sure they need to be in freshwater within a few days of reaching the stage of their development when they actually resemble shrimp.
 
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Well I know ghosts don't NEED it to breed as I have had mine breed in freshwater tanks. So it sounds to me like it's probably better to not convert it to brackish then.


 

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I wouldn't convert it to brackish unless you intend to keep them brackish from now on. There is little benefit to the fry to be in brackish versus freshwater, so unless your intending to raise a brackish tank...
 
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