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post #11 of 24 Old 12-29-2007, 12:41 AM
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I must also add that they are expert escape artists. Literally.

Like herefishy said, they will find any way out. Be sure to cover every potential escape route, they will find it. Also, these ropefish are able to stay out of water for a considerable length of time, provided they are moist. They can breathe air. :D

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post #12 of 24 Old 12-29-2007, 05:59 AM
My rope fish just died actully :( . He was acting wierd, he kept swimming at the surface and looked like he was dead, and he had this strange white film(not ich) over just a little part of his body. then he floated to the bottom of the tank, put his head down and his tail in the current, and just died....

Does anybody know what it was. He was one of my favorite fishes.
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post #13 of 24 Old 12-29-2007, 01:56 PM
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My rope fish just died actully :( . He was acting wierd, he kept swimming at the surface and looked like he was dead, and he had this strange white film(not ich) over just a little part of his body. then he floated to the bottom of the tank, put his head down and his tail in the current, and just died....

Does anybody know what it was. He was one of my favorite fishes.
That happened to me with the first one, it took ages to die and we felt awful cause we thought we had done somet wrong. When I wint back to the LFS I noticed all the others had it aswell. When I asked they said the entire batch came in with it and gave me a load of bogwood as compensation.

I asked if it was velvet and LFS said they didn't know what it was and they were trying everything. The batch they got after that was infected aswell.

I was lucky enough to find mine at a different place and didn't have to think twice about buying him, am now on the lookout for a friend for him either another adult or two young.
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post #14 of 24 Old 12-29-2007, 02:12 PM
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Hmm, now that I re-read the thread, I am disturbed that no one has pointed out that these are primarily a brackish specie. I thought it was already mentioned, otherwise I would have said something earlier.

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post #15 of 24 Old 12-29-2007, 07:23 PM
I don't think they are. But they also say that about
Green spotted puffers
Freshwater flounder
Freshwater moray eel
And so on
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post #16 of 24 Old 12-30-2007, 12:06 AM
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Oh sorry, I was wrong. They are mostly freshwater but found in brackish waters. I think I would add salt anyway, roughly 1.004 sg.

I believe adult FW puffers are able to tolerate a marine environment. Not sure about the flounder though.

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post #17 of 24 Old 12-30-2007, 06:53 AM


I would add salt to every tank for the benefit, but very little.

Most fish that are called FW and are argued to be SW or brackish, come from both. Usually the fish moves into saltier water as it gets older or spend part of their life in SW or FW.

Flounder move into brackish enviorments as it gets older

Moray Eels breed in saltwater

Not all freshwater Puffers can't stand saltwater and don't even need a little bit of salt, salt could probabaly kill them.

The funny thing is I have a 4inch flounder that's lived its entire life in FW and has had no problems.And with the things I've been reading he should have died already.
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Moray Eels breed in saltwater
...and thrive in saltwater as well. Juveniles cannot live in freshwater conditions for a long time and this often is the mistake leading to their deaths from starvation. The salinity level must be increased as they mature.
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Not all freshwater Puffers can't stand saltwater and don't even need a little bit of salt, salt could probabaly kill them.
It depends on which species of puffers you are talking about. Dwarf puffers are purely freshwater and often mistaken to be brackish justfor future reference.

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post #19 of 24 Old 12-30-2007, 02:50 PM
I'm sorry but I never said anything against your moray Eel satement. and moray eels travel from FW to SW annualy don't they.
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post #20 of 24 Old 01-02-2008, 02:46 PM
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sorry if i'm disrupting your moray eel conversation but do you know what size tank a rope fish should have? and how hard should the water be? and how do you know if the rope fish at your lfs are healthy? the ones at mt lfs always look a bit unhealthy but i'm starting to think they are just lazy. they sit at the bottom and dont move. but other than that the LOOK fine. are they sick or just in shock?
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