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Rachel
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Username: luvmykids

Post Number: 66
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 11:18 pm:       

I read the info on brackish tanks on this website. Pretty good info, but I need more. I'm going to be converting my 20 gallon into a brackish tank.

I need a website on how much salt to put in, type of substrate etc. Thanks.
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Rachel
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Username: luvmykids

Post Number: 68
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 11:33 pm:       

never mind; I found another link.
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Brad
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Username: brad

Post Number: 381
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 09:09 am:       

What are you going to be keeping Rachel? Salanity levels really depend on the fish.
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Rachel
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Username: luvmykids

Post Number: 70
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 11:52 am:       

Just mollies (pot bellied probably--I have one already) and guppies. 20 gallon tank.

This all started because someone at the fish store said mollies would be ok with angels. Then I found badman's and discovered mollies should be brackish. Now the angel will be moving into a 55 with my platy and oto and the molly will get to stay in the 20 and I will convert it to brackish.
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Brad
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Username: brad

Post Number: 383
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 01:50 pm:       

Cool beans! So have you figured out what salanity level they should be kept at?
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Rachel
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Username: luvmykids

Post Number: 85
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 04:52 pm:       

Sorry Brad, I just noticed you responded.

I haven't finished researching it all, but I believe mollies have a salinity of about 1.002 (or is it 1.02). I will be sure before I actually convert it and I will make it a slow conversion.

I'm thinking that once I get the tank set up substrate and decoration wise (I may change it a little from how it is now), then I will add the fish in the freshwater, slowly enough to keep the bioload ok and then I will slowly increase the salinity.

I'm still willing to have other websites with good info. I found one but I do like comparing.

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Jessica
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Username: jessica

Post Number: 4965
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 09:32 pm:       

you don't need a ton of salt, up to 1.005 is fine. depending on how hard your water is, that could be as little as 2 tablespoons per gallon.

Patience. Perseverance. Passion.
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Rachel
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Username: luvmykids

Post Number: 87
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2005 - 12:21 am:       

Thanks Jessica.
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cindy
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Username: cindy

Post Number: 7098
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2005 - 08:00 am:       

I have mollies and a violet goby and vary my salinity between 1.004 and 1.008. They seem more lively at the higher end. When I set the tank up I had intended to keep it at about 1.012, pretty much halfway between FW and SW, but have never made it that high yet. Now that I am home for the summer and can watch them a little closer for stress, I intend to try that level, but n ot until I get back from vacation (in mid-June.) It'll be 1.008 while I am gone.

To get back to your original Q's, I have regular aquarium gravel in that tank, and the only plants are Java moss and Najas grass, which pretty much don't care about having substrate at all.

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