08-15-2014, 04:04 PM
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update on brackish tank
Just wanted to up date for anyone interested and those who decide to jump into setting up a Brackish tank. My tank is doing better than I expected. 2 of the Orange Chromides have paired off and claimed one corner of the 75 gallon tank.
The water sprite, java fern, marino balls all are thriving. 3 of the balls I flattened out and attached them to driftwood with fishing line.
With each water change I make sure the salinity fluctuates as it would in a natural brackish eco system. My largest Celebe 1/2 beak, a female, was bullied to death by the 4 Orange Chromides but not before she had her 5 babies. One of the much smaller Celebes that I thought was male had 1 baby with scoliosis but the baby is happily thriving. The crab is doing well. My only problem is I was unable - early on- to remove 1 0f the 5 Zebra Danios, 1 of the 10 guppies, and 2 plecos. I finally had to give up trying to catch them in March. Now it is August and they are happy in the brackish water even though they should not be able to survive in Brackish.
Only time will tell if they remain alive. I had to replace one of the 2 HOB 400 filters and will see if I can repair it. Each HOB400 filter comes with 2 grey cartridges that I filled with Seachem Matrix. I helped established the bio filter with Instant Ocean bottled bacteria, and use Instant Ocean Sea salt. I know of the controversy about the bottled bacteria but I figured it couldn't hurt to use it. I did start with 2 Angel's Plus large sponges and I just left them in there as the tank was converted. I flush those with each water change. In the beginning the waters prite came with unhatched snails and these little round buggers have adjusted nicely to the brackish conversion. I have heard horror stories of these snails over running a tank but I am happy to say the Orange Chromides and the crab love them!!! I just need to vac up the shells every other water change. Before the high weather temps set in I was feeding the tank, along with pellets and flake, mosquito larve, and midge fly worms from my out door Lotus buckets...but the high heat wiped out that food source. I am waiting for cooler weather to give those back to me. Hope this post can be of help to others.