Question for a Salted Guppy Tank...
Before I begin my post... This question is directed only at people who believe in adding salt to a guppy tank. Respectfully, I would ask anoyone who does not agree with the notion not to reply - for the sake of keeping on topic.
After talking to three of my Local Fish Stores I have come to an understanding that I am aiming for an SG of 1.005 for the guppys. I have also done alot of reading and talked to several people about adding in Marine salt for the health of the guppys... All of the stores think it is a good idea - but only if the marine salt is a fraction of the total salt content (the rest comprised with regular aquarium salt).
So my question is this:
What is the proper ratio of Aquarium Salt vs. Marine Salt per 5 gallons when mixing new water for the tank??? I want a simple formula so when I mix new water it is the proper balance. Preferably in teaspoons.
Two more questions: Which aquarium plants will tolerate a salty environment like the one I describe above? And what other species will absolutely NOT tolerate an environment like this (in the case I need to transfer some other fish from my other tanks into this one)?
My goal is to start breeding guppies... I want an environment that will keep them the healthiest they can be.
Thanks in advance! :)
Hmmm.... as far as plants from what I have read the choices for the salt range there are: Java fern, Java moss, Val's, and possibly anubius(?)
Fish: mollies (fresh/brackish/marine), rainbow fish( fresh water but does well in lower brackish; there is one species that is truly brackish), orange chromide(Brackish), X-ray tetra(fresh/brackish- may or may not be suitable with guppies), Dragon gobies( brackish/marine-get big but don't eat small fish)
. Hopfully this helped some what.:-D
For BW adaptable plants check out the list on plantgeek.net.
there also seems to be contradicting advice in books as well about salt use with guppies and mollies. my advice is to look at where guppies are found and there natural water conditions, and then take it from there. Too the best of my knowledge though they are found in both fresh and Brackish water.
I really can't help you with your question but if you plan on breeding to sell you may want to take into consideration most people that buy your guppies will not keep them in salted tanks which may lead to much higher mortality rates.
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