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NathanJC 05-17-2007 08:11 AM

Transferring Scathophagus (Scat) from fresh to salt water
 
Hi,

I have recently bought a Red Scat from my local fish supplier. It is currently living in fresh water (quite happily) and I have been told that it live in both fresh or salt water since it is a brackish water species. I would like to transfer him into my saltwater tank but I'm not sure how to do this. Would it adjust to the different water conditions quite easily? or should I gradually add salt into the current tank (which he lives in by himself) until it reaches the levels of the saltwater tank?

Lupin 05-17-2007 08:24 AM

Welcome.:wave:

Increase salinity level gradually as they mature. Adults are purely saltwater species but moved to estuarines to spawn hence the juveniles thrive in freshwater conditions. I had them ages ago as juveniles and they are commonly sold for food fish as adults.:lol:

I moved your thread. Scats are classified as brackish water species.:)

NathanJC 05-18-2007 05:53 AM

How much salt should I add and how often?

Lupin 05-23-2007 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by NathanJC
How much salt should I add and how often?

Nathan, this has to be done by trial and error until you get the desired salinity. Hydrometer is required. Add salt every time you do your water changes. Water changes can remove salt whereas evaporation only accumulates it.


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