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post #1 of 7 Old 12-08-2014, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question Brackish Baby Tank

I have a 20 G FW that I am slowly transitioning to BW. Right now it houses two baby GSP's, one baby Columbian Shark, and will eventually house one baby Pleco. Thoughts on that combo? They will eventually live in a nice 75 G that I plan on setting up over the next few months, but for now, are they okay chilling out together in the 20 G? Right now it has some anubias, various swords, live sand, and some rock work. (I'll take the plants out to move to another tank if/when the salinity gets too high.)

The only time there is ever any aggression is when live food is introduced, and the puffers are trying to go for the same thing. (Though, I've seen them work together to bring down a crayfish and float away with full bellies.) They usually swim together, or sleep near each other. When I first introduced the Columbian Shark, they tried to nip at his tail, but soon realized he wasn't food, (plus, he was hella fast). They haven't touched him since. I don't plan on introducing the pleco until he is a little bigger than the puffers are, though I know it's always a risk adding an algae eater to a puffer tank.

I have a powerhead, one 30 G filter, and one 40 G filter in the tank, on top of my frequent 25-50% water changes once or twice a week, so bioload isn't much of an issue as it is.

So, thoughts? I'm willing to rehome, and I have plenty of tanks to tuck the Pleco and the Columbian into if I need to in a jiffy. I just love the diversity and personality of BW fish.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-18-2014, 08:49 AM
The pleco will not be able to make the transition from fresh to brackish, not to mention marine. I would not even add him. As for the shark, while they need marine as adults, I would re-home as he would need a 75 gallon to himself. He will get anywhere from 10-20"+ and just wouldn't be suitable. With two GSPs you will be maxed out in a 75 gallon. Puffers just don't mix well with others and have an extremely high bioload. Keep in mind you will have two footballs swimming in that tank one day.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-18-2014, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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The pleco will not be able to make the transition from fresh to brackish, not to mention marine. I would not even add him. As for the shark, while they need marine as adults, I would re-home as he would need a 75 gallon to himself. He will get anywhere from 10-20"+ and just wouldn't be suitable. With two GSPs you will be maxed out in a 75 gallon. Puffers just don't mix well with others and have an extremely high bioload. Keep in mind you will have two footballs swimming in that tank one day.
I will make plans to rehome the shark when the time comes. As for the pleco, I can keep him in the FW tank I have for a while, and if he gets too big, I can rehome as well. For the puffers, I will have to work out their set up. Just found out that we might need renter's insurance to do a 75 G in the house, and that's a conversation for another day.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-18-2014, 01:16 PM
The pleco will get too big but he will be okay there until you can find him a new home. I hope your landlord works with you, puffers are absolutely lovely creatures.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-21-2014, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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The pleco will get too big but he will be okay there until you can find him a new home. I hope your landlord works with you, puffers are absolutely lovely creatures.
I'm actually pretty friendly with my LFS, and they said they will take any fish that gets too big for any of my tanks. (Though I'm hoping to hold on to at least one of my little Puffers.) I know the pleco will likely grow much too big, but again, the store will take him off my hands if I can't find him a home when he's bigger.

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-22-2014, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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So, it looks like because of the renter's insurance, we're going to have to reschedule the 75 build. :C

I plan on keeping these little guys, getting a few other tanks, until they get too big. I might move out soon, but if I don't move out before they outgrow the tank, I'll get them to my LFS.

Once I move out, I'll try the build again, possibly with a bigger tank.

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So, it looks like because of the renter's insurance, we're going to have to reschedule the 75 build. :C

I plan on keeping these little guys, getting a few other tanks, until they get too big. I might move out soon, but if I don't move out before they outgrow the tank, I'll get them to my LFS.

Once I move out, I'll try the build again, possibly with a bigger tank.
My renter's insurance isn't very costly... go through geico, they found me $10,000 worth of coverage for $14 a month, no questions about what sizes my aquariums are.
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