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post #1 of 4 Old 05-11-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Mudskipper Tank

Im looking to setup a mudskipper tank and was wondering if anyone else has or is keeping these at the moment ? If you have a picture of your setup or any valuable information it would be much appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-12-2011, 11:34 AM
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I have had them, though not presently.

I assume you know they need a "land" area as well as brackish water. The "land" can be sand built up at one end, and/or wood arranged such that it comes up out of the water. They can jump, but appreciate being able to crawl out of the water too. Tank must be covered, they will jump out. I chased mine around the room one evening after opening the tank cover to feed it and he got so excited he jumped out.

They get very friendly, by which I mean quite responsive to the aquarist. I fed mine from my hand. Live worms are ideal, or frozen, plus frozen squid (very nutritious), plankton, shrimp.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Thanks Byron, I have read up on the species although there isnt much information about them online as pets. My concern is building the land with sand, as we know that anything deeper than 3-4" will cause toxic gases due to compacting the sand. So how can i stop this happening if i build the land as high as 6-7" ?
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Thanks Byron, I have read up on the species although there isnt much information about them online as pets. My concern is building the land with sand, as we know that anything deeper than 3-4" will cause toxic gases due to compacting the sand. So how can i stop this happening if i build the land as high as 6-7" ?
If you want a sand area, which is nice, I would take a long tank (a 20g long minimum) and construct some sort of raised area at one end (rock, artificial rock, aquarium-safe plastic) and place a cover of sand over this, sloped up from the water. You might have to silicone it to the tank walls so the sand doesn't all run down through the top.

What I did was place a largish chunk of wood at each end end so there was a fair surface area out of water.

They don't need much water depth, a few inches at most, with a sprinkling of sand on the bottom.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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