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Switching from BW to FW

I'm going to switch my barren 44g brackish to a planted freshwater tank. Do I have to worry about killing all of the bacteria in the canister? Are they "brackish bacteria"!?

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Yes, the bacteria are different that can thrive in fresh/brack/salt water. You should do a series of 25% weekly water changes, just to be safe. in a month or two, you should be good to go.

Curious, why are givin' up the brack?
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Thanks! I want to plant the tank and have a wider variety of options then brackish would allow. I currently have one little anti-social Figure Eight puffer in there, that's why I went brackish in the first place. Puffers are so cool but it seems like such a waste to have a 44g with one 2" fish in it. So we're switching to dwarf puffers which are more FW and more social so we can have 8 or 10 of them. Plus I here DP's are fairly easy to breed... and that would be neato. Do you have BW tanks?
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