Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Orange County, CA
I don't know how helpful this will be, but I just got my latest issue of the Drs. Foster & Smith aquarium catalog (catalog #K=1485/1001), and there is a brief "article" about brackish tanks. To paraphrase the article, here are a few pointers:
-Water conditions can vary (because they do in natural brackish environments), but a range of 70-86 degrees F, pH of 7.2-8.3, and a specific gravity (a measure of the amount of salt in the water, I think) of 1.006-1.015 is best.
-Some of the best brackish fish are: black mollies, mono argentus, green scat, archer fish, and the figure 8 puffer.
-Having live plants in a brackish tank might be challenging, but not impossible. Brackish fish prefer lots of water movement (not good for most plants), and they are often herbivores.
-Drs. Foster & Smith suggest that the best way to be successful with a brackish planted tank is to start out with a regular freshwater planted tank. After the plants have become well established, gradually increase the salinity of the water (over several weeks), and use a hygrometer or refractometer to check the salinity level.
-Some of the best, and hardiest plants for a brackish tank include anacharis, anubias, hornwort, java fern, and water sprite.
Hope this helps!
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