Hello, all! I'm new to saltwater keeping but I've always wanted to try... and with my green spotted puffer I might just have to!
I received Captain Davy Anchor Stillwater (yes, that's his actual full name) as a birthday gift last year. I'm closing in on my 21st birthday and I'm expecting to get another 10 gal tank soon (possibly by the end of this week).
Davy is almost 2" long, healthy, active and eating very well (mixed diet of frozen brine shrimp and FW snails). As I expect y'all know, green spotted puffers are brackish fish and should go full marine as adults.
He is currently in a heated 10 gal. freshwater tank (but with the recent addition of a Pictus Catfish thanks to my family
, he's got to move. The family is planning another tropical tank... more on that in another thread).
My general plan is this:
1. Move Davy into his new 10 gal. tank this weekend.
2. Gradually acclimate him to a brackish environment.
3. Upgrade from 10 gal. to 20 gal.
4. Complete marine acclimation and use my 2.5 gal. tank as a sump.
5. ..... this is the part where I get stuck.
I've read over and over various guides on forums and other websites how to set up a saltwater tank from scratch... but I don't know where to find a guide on how to set up a marine setup with a fish who's already IN the tank.
Ultimately, I'd like to keep corals because, you know, they look pretty and whatnot. However, I also want to keep a few snails, scarlet hermits and cleaner shrimp (aka a cleanup crew) but with Davy there is NO way that's going to happen.
So my next question would be: is there a way to set up an aesthetically-pleasing tank while being able to keep a predatory fish?
I've attempted re-homing Davy multiple times with no luck so I'm doing my best to look into keeping him healthy and happy.
Shifting gears, if I wind up successfully re-homing Davy, I might do a SW pico with my 2.5 gal. instead. I know a pico isn't the best option for a beginner... but I've been seriously looking into it for some time now. Like I said in my introductory post, I love a good challenge.
Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?