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TFHJ 02-25-2008 05:52 PM

Brackish water cycling (QUESTION)
 
Hello everyone....If there is someone in here that has this answer I would appreicate your comment...I have heard conflicting stories...So here it is....I have a 10gal guppy tank.......A 55 gal WaterFall tank I built...And now I have a 120 gal BRACKISH water tank that I am setting up for Gobies....Puffers.....Archer...Orange Chromides...Blenny..What I would like to know is...I planned on doing a Fishless Cycle using ammonia... what I need to know is (Do I add the sea salt) Instant Ocean now while filling the tank and let it go through the entire cycle and then re add the sea salt again after my final 50% water change...OR do I add the sea salt after I do my fianl 50% water change...I Heard that Fresh water bacteria is different from Saltwater bacteria....Any HELP ON THIS.....THanks

dallops_of_polyps 02-25-2008 08:36 PM

after your last water change! you can use distilled water.

herefishy 02-25-2008 08:48 PM

The brackish water tank is fast growing into a larger group in the aquarium hobby. Always, it has been considered the "lost sibling" in the hobby as both saltwater and freshwater have always, and will continue to be, much more enjoyed by the hobbyist. I searched for quite a while to find an answer to your question. This link is about the best I could do.

http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/b.../brackish.html

TFHJ 02-25-2008 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by herefishy
The brackish water tank is fast growing into a larger group in the aquarium hobby. Always, it has been considered the "lost sibling" in the hobby as both saltwater and freshwater have always, and will continue to be, much more enjoyed by the hobbyist. I searched for quite a while to find an answer to your question. This link is about the best I could do.

http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/b.../brackish.html

Thanks for the time you took...I been to that site...I spent about three days trying to find the answer to this....so many different opinon..But if I dont find someone whos done this or knows I will just cycle it with the salt and replenish it again when I do the final water change....better to by salt then more fish....lol....thanks again

Gage 02-28-2008 05:01 PM

i added it the second i started mine up, everything worked marvelously.

patyouth711 05-13-2008 07:42 PM

i have a brackish tank. its only a 30 gal. all i did was just added the recommended ammount of salt and everythings been working just fine and the fish are loving it.

just make sure you get a kit to test your ph levels every now and again.


best of luck~!

iamntbatman 05-13-2008 08:46 PM

Whoa...most of those fish you have listed in your blurb are not brackish fish at all. I know that the cories and loaches cannot tolerate any salt content at all. How long have you had this tank set up, and what is the specific gravity? The gobies are going to need a much higher specific gravity than many of your other fish are going to be able to survive.

patyouth711 05-14-2008 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by iamntbatman
Whoa...most of those fish you have listed in your blurb are not brackish fish at all. I know that the cories and loaches cannot tolerate any salt content at all. How long have you had this tank set up, and what is the specific gravity? The gobies are going to need a much higher specific gravity than many of your other fish are going to be able to survive.


I've actually had this set up for over a month right now and i've done my research. the hillstream loach actually does better with a ph between 6 and 7...they have also doubled in size since i put them in my tank. and also my corys have been thriving at the bottom of the tank. actually all my fish for that matter have been doing great and getting bigger.

i'll admit i have no clue what my SG is and nor do i know how to measure it. but what i can tell you is that i have spoke with fish experts at pet shop and have done A LOT of research before adding water to my tank.

thanks for your concern


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