12-09-2013, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Flint
Could feeders (rosy reds or goldies) be used effectively? I wouldn't be leaving in the fish used to start the tank. Mollies are $2 a piece here and that's a lot of money for fish that will be given away.
I'll respond to your pm now, I was cleaning. I am also curious about what you do in your salt tanks, my 10 gallon is cycling freshwater right now but will be going high-end brackish (1.010sg) then I will start converting to RO and once that is complete, adding a GSP. It's only going to be a grow-out, but I wonder if any of your methods can be used in brackish.
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Yes you can use feeders. goldfish do attack the plants but in my experience that is a temporary thing.
I would not suggest mollies as they tend to do better in a brackish of full marine system.
I do basically the same general procedure for saltwater only not the peat moss in the substrate. Just sand. I also cultured micro algae (green water) and rotifers to help feed the corals. And used the diy 2 part to maintain calcium/alk/magnesium. and of course use macro algaes (in a refugium) instead of plants.
No experience actually in brackish. If plants can survive the salt then it should work nicely. Higher brackish levels would probably work with some macro algaes. But no real experience.
oh yea I did add some salt years ago to help a molly shake off a white fungus. But didn't actually measure the s. g. LOL