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Twistersmom 12-31-2008 11:52 AM

converting from fresh to brackish
Im giong to be picking up a used 50gal today. I want the tank so I can move my minnow pike and flounders into brackish water. My plan is to use marine salt in the brackish tank. Im thinking I should start out using the same amount of marine salt, as I currently have of freshwater salt in their tank. Then slowly add more salt over time. Wondering if there is that much difference in the salts. Will I shock the fish changing salts? What is the best way to acclimate them to the change? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Also the people I am getting the tank from are currently in the process of tearing down the tank for me. Still has some fish in it at the time. Hoping the tank will hold its cycle! That would just be too great!!!

Tyyrlym 12-31-2008 01:06 PM

If you want it to stay cycled the need to keep the filter media wet. If it dries out the bacteria die and its over.

Twistersmom 12-31-2008 04:38 PM

Good grief. I dont think I am even going to try and save the cycle! I had never seen anything so nasty in all my life. I got the tank and the works for $100. The tank is now in my house, and my house stinks because of it. They did not drain it copletely. The water is black, green all inside. they even left some little danios in there! The ones that where still alive are in my hospital tank. Im throwing out all the gravel. What did I get myself into!!! Think I better go get some Killians and get ready to get my hands dirty. Looks like Im going to need two showers today!

Hailfirex 12-31-2008 04:43 PM

sounds like the fish tank is in better hands now though, I have met other people that don't take care of their fish tanks well and it frustrates me. Like people who get Oscars for the sole purpose of watching them eat goldfish never cleaning the tank and keeping them in too small of a tank.

Sorry for my rant Twistersmom but I feel you pain.

willow 12-31-2008 05:01 PM

glad the fish have found someone to care for them.
i hope the tank cleans up well for you.

onefish2fish 12-31-2008 05:13 PM

idk if the bacteria would have survived the salt anyways unless you ever so slowly increased it, even then im not sure

also are you going to do sand?

Twistersmom 12-31-2008 05:36 PM

Had to take a cleaning break!
Yea, since I threw out all the gravel, I think Im going to go with aragonite. Maybe some aragoite mixed with play sand to keep the cost down. I now have 3 danios and 1 guppy in my hospital tank. Cant believe they lived through that! One of the dead danios in the tank had TB. Hope I dont end up sick over this aquarium!

JHK30 01-01-2009 04:38 PM

Yeah make a stand.

Tyyrlym 01-05-2009 08:52 AM

Whoa, one of the danios had fish TB? Are you sure? If so you might be looking at a total loss in those fish, if one has it they probably all do and as far as I know its terminal.

As for the cleaning use vinegar or bleach, if the tank is that bad I'd say bleach especially if one of the fish had TB. Give it a good hard scrub with a bleach solution. That'll kill anything in the tank. Afterwards let it air dry out and I mean bone dry. The bleach smell should fade within 24 to 48 hours. A day or two after no more smell go ahead and set it up like normal. The combination of bleach and dry out will kill anything that might still be living in the tank.

Twistersmom 01-05-2009 04:29 PM

The danios back was all bent up. Dont know if there is anything other than tb that will cause that? I did clean it out well with vinegar and water. I gave it one day to dry out. Im now in the process of doing a fishless cycle with Blue Ribbon Ammmonia. Hopefully my cleaning, and the fact the tank will be free of fish for a few weeks, will eliminate any chance of spreading disease. I dont know what I am going to do with the four rescue fish. Hate to end their life after all they have been through!

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