Not precisely marine but brackish.

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  1. SterlingAce

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    Evening everybody

    So as the title says this is more about a brackish setup than marine but I thought you guys would be able to help me better.

    I recently bought some green spotted puffers, as per usual they were kept in freshwater so that is what they are in now. But they will soon slowly begin moving over to high end brackish,around 1.015- 1.020, already have marine salt.

    Here is my question, if I buy some seeded gravel and rocks once I'm in high end brackish can I expect critters etc to grow? For now it is still very very low tech.

    Please excuse the bad picture, camera phone.

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    1.020 is close to marine, but I do t think that sg is high enough for corals or inverts.
    Any idea what salinity puffers can handle?

    If you running salinity that high, why not get a full marine setup and add salt water puffers?
     
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    I always thought brackish was between 1.010 & 1.015... Mmmm time to do some more research...
     
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    Thought so...

    For practical purposes, brackish aquarium water should range between 1.002 to 1.022 SG at a temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Most brackish aquarium fish can tolerate this range. A 50/50 mix of fresh and marine water would provide a salinity of 1.012 SG - a happy medium for a general brackish aquarium.
    Temperature is critical when measuring. The noted value of 77 degrees is the temperature to which most commercial hydrometers are calibrated. Also, the brackish fish covered in this article do best in the upper aquarium temperature range, with 77 degrees a good lower target

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    Creating a Brackish Habitat Fish Aquarium
     
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    I'd just go straight marine. Canthigasters look better than any brack puffers and they're just as hardy.
     
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    hello and welcome SterlingAce

    Bacteria etc will start to grow. Other things like sponges etc needs to come from somewhere. A piece of rock, slowly acclimitized to lower SG levels. Some can survive, others wll die out.
     
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    Most inverts won't survive at lower than 1.024. Look at the amount of life in an estuary compared to outside of one.
     
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    You find lots of crustaceans in river mouths.
     
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    Wow thanks for all the replies!

    I already have the green spotted puffers, and love them,they are really good looking also, I've read that they can tolerate SG from 1.015 to full marine. I'm not quite ready for full marine though. I'm not too full of issues regarding the creatures and critters growing in the rock nor am I really interested in corals or anemones,maybe a bit later. Was more curious than anything else.

    Up until what SG can I get away without using a skimmer? Or should I just fix up my very old one and put it to use?

    Sorry for all the questions.
     
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    No problem. When in doubt ask & google at the same time. there's lots of info on the interweb
     

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