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Kortlin 03-01-2010 09:52 PM

Possible Brackish Tank Setups
Hey! I'm new here...obviously... Hopefully I can post something about a brackish tank in the saltwater section. Primarily because I'm seeking personal-account answers to these questions:

Can Indian dwarf puffers really be successfully housed with bumblebee gobies (specifically Brachygobius xanthozona)? I want to get one female dwarf puffer and two female bumblebee gobies. I intend to have the water mildly brackish--maybe a little bit less than a typical "brackish" tank setup.

Secondly, would five gallons (I intend to get an Eclipse Hex 5) be suitable for these three fish? I'm capable of providing both species with the proper caves/hiding places, but is the basic available space enough? I'm worried the Hex 5 will be too small. I understand the whole "one gallon per inch of adult fish," but I know pufferfish (even small ones) and the bumblebee gobies can be territorial. I'm really excited about having my first puffer, as well as bumblebee gobies, but if they can't be housed together I don't want to put either species under stress.

I've spent hours looking on a million different fish care sites, so I pretty much know what those all say. The only thing I lack is actual experience. Does anyone have any personal stories that could lead to me gaining a better understanding?

Kortlin 03-02-2010 12:37 PM

Well I found a few personal experience stories in various other places and as it turns out, I don't think I'll be getting the dwarf puffer as a companion to the bumblebee gobies in such a small environment. Maybe later I'll upgrade to a bigger tank and then see what I can do. :)

Pasfur 03-02-2010 01:21 PM

Thanks Korton. By the way, our freshwater team members are much more experienced with brachish tanks. If you have any follow up, I would suggest posting in the FW area. We have some very knowledgeable members over there with a lot of experience with brachish systems.

The reason we keep brachish on the freshwater side is due to filtration principles, which are different on marine systems.

Kortlin 03-02-2010 06:47 PM

Oh! Sorry! I figured since brackish has salt in it it would be here. :p

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