So I have decided to take the plunge and start my first brackish aquarium. I have been doing a lot of research on starting one up and think that it is definitely something I would like to do. I have had freshwater, reef and marine fish only tanks in the past. I am now finally settled into a place that I will be staying for the foreseeable future and can't wait to get my aquarium back up and running. All that being said I have a few questions.
First off I am planning on doing an archer fish tank. These guys have intrigued me for years and I can't wait to own some. My LFS keeps their archer fish in a freshwater aquarium :-/ would it be best for me let my aquarium cycle as a freshwater set up add the archers and then gradually add salt over say a period of a couple weeks until they are up to the SG I want? Or would I be better off finding a place online that sells them from a brackish set up?
I will ultimately be planting the aquarium just not sure with what yet.
What are some good tank mates for archers?
Also I currently have a HOB filter and a sponge filter hooked up to a 290gph powerhead. This is creating quite a current, will this bother the archer fish? I could always just add an air hose to the sponge or drop down to say a 80 to 100gph powerhead as well. thoughts?
Any other archer fish owners out there feel free to give me some pointers as well. Thanks in advance for any advice.