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Old 04-07-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Brackish popularity?


I am assuming most people are iether just SW or FW. How popular is brackish?
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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I am assuming most people are iether just SW or FW. How popular is brackish?
I wish there were more interest. I have extensively researched different kinds of mangrove plants suitable for aquarium growing and I've tried to explain about them a few times, but always with very little response. They include some really cool plants.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:30 PM   #3
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from a plant aspect brackish might be cool to check out but it seems that there aren't a lot of fish to choose from and some of those get rather large. With that said, i could see doing a small brackish tank to play around, for say puffers or bee gobies. However i could never justify anything above a 20. There's just so much more i could do in a large tank going with either straight freshwater or saltwater. That's just my thought on it though, but would love to see some brackish tanks others have set up.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:54 AM   #4
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One of my future projects is a brackish mummichog and mangrove tank. I got interested in the fish quite by accident, but I quite enjoy them and would love to do a species tank and get them to breed. Plant-wise, I have Java ferns that won't mind the salinity (even if they are breaking the North American biotope idea), and I recently acquired elodea and sagittaria that may also adapt to brackish water. Hydrophyte here has been invaluable in suggesting interesting plant species, even if my innate black thumbs mean that not all of them grow for me. (I can kill mint, moss, duckweed, and cacti. The weird part is where I keep trying.)
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:33 AM   #5
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Chibiaie, you might take a peek at sheepshead killies as well as the mummichogs. Not sure how familiar you are with them, but they're a bit similar to desert pupfish - smaller and chunkier than mummies, the males color up with a rusty-orange belly and bright blue spangles at the shoulder. Both sexes have an attractive blotched pattern. If you go to this link and scroll down, there are a couple of exceptional photos of males:

http://02e7413.netsolhost.com/killielifecycle.html

At the public aquarium where I work weekends, I've seen males of both species defending a patch of egg-laden sand from all comers in the springtime.

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Old 04-08-2013, 02:35 AM   #6
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The Planted Tank, though it's got pockets of folks with other interests, is pretty much focused on plants--and there simply aren't that many plants readily available that do well in brackish conditions. Happily, a number of hobbyist and suppliers like Hydrophyte (yeah!) are changing that, but there's still a lot working against it.

My aquatic wish journal includes sketches for a number of different brackish systems, but until I've got room for multiple tanks (I prefer to have a backup tank for any set up I do--allows for quarantine, temp holding during re-scapes, emergencies, experimentation, etc), it's gonna' have to wait.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:43 AM   #7
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Cyprinodon variegatus are really entertaining and active fish and you could keep a pair of them in a 15-gallon tank.

Also consider bumblebee goby for a small tank.

I hope to try some empire gudgeons some day... http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...ris-compressa/

It's late now but I will try to post some details about mangrove plants tomorrow.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:49 AM   #8
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I had brackish for a while but then I changed it to full saltwater macro algae tank. I would do brackish again but I've started over with my tanks so many times that I just gotta stick with it and get another 20 long to do it again. Wish I woulda know about the bumble bee fish hydrophyte! Might've kept it brackish

Oh and there are actually a surprising amount of FW plants that can transition into brackish.
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Hmm, I started looking into the C. variegatus, but it sounds like they might be a little too territorial for my liking. My surviving two mummies are not the most robust, nor the most aggressive feeders (I have to feed until the guppies look like they're going to explode to ensure that the mummies get their share).

Some of the plants that I am looking at don't seem to be commonly traded in our section of the internet, so I've been looking at getting seeds of terrestrial bog plants and going riparium style instead.
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I kept a 55 gallon brackish with mangroves and mudskippers. I really enjoyed it. I would like to do a tank for monos and scats and maybe archers as they are really interesting fish, but they get really big and require a huge tank. I also want to keep Anableps. Brackish is a neat niche, but everything I want to do in it requires more space than I have.
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Just got to throw a shout out to the chromides, both green and orange. Yes, there is such a thing as a brackish, dwarf cichlid. Oh, yeah, and they're Asian, too. Definitely an oddity. Been many years since I've seen one, but nice fish. Used to be pretty common, not sure what happened to them.

Oh yeah, sticklebacks, too! And pickle weed! Brackish is limiting, but very cool, too. I'm a fan!i
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I just got into brackish, starting up a 40B mudskipper tank with some plants from Hydrophyte. Right now, there's just some bumblebee gobies and some rice fish. Hoping for Indian Mudskippers in the next few weeks.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:04 AM   #13
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I have a 55g brackish set up right now. Very interestingly stocked as well. 1 map turtle, 1 flounder, 1 red claw crab, 3 bumble bee gobies. This Friday I'm picking up at least 7 more bee gobies, a dragon goby, and a knight goby. Goby inspired tank, can you tell? :P it's very simple right now as I'm still stocking it but I have some drift wood soaking that will go in soon. Here's a picture of it at the moment, will update will more when I get my new fish.
Believe it or not, the map turtle leaves all my fish alone. The key is to keep get well fed, she's on hey basking platform most of the time anyways.
I'm going to plant it this weekend as well, mostly ferns but going to see what my LFS has that can handle the salt.
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I wish there were more interest. I have extensively researched different kinds of mangrove plants suitable for aquarium growing and I've tried to explain about them a few times, but always with very little response. They include some really cool plants.
sell me on setting up my 20g as a brackish tank once I move the contents of the current set up to the 125. and by sell me, i mean a brackish package.
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