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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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Brackish Paludarium or Brackish Ripararium?

I've been simplifying my tank setup for awhile due to my toddler, but at some point, I want to set a low-salinity brackish aquarium.

The commonalities of both ideas are as follows:
Tank size: 55 gallons
Specific gravity: 1.005 or thereabouts.
Flora: Mangroves, plus trying out a few hardier Anubias, java ferns, java moss, etc.

I have two different ideas. To simplify:

Brackish Ripararium:

Pros: I can allow mangroves to grow as high as they want, given I can go lidless. I can also fill the tank anywhere from 50%-100%, depending upon what I decide about the jumpiness of my stock. Larger water volume allows for bigger fish I'm interested in, like figure 8s or orange chromides:

Cons: Stocking limited in other ways.

Brackish Paludarium:

Pros: Allows for amphibious taxa like Indian mudskippers, fiddler crabs, or red claw crabs. Land area provides for interesting 'scaping possibilities. There might be some other salt-tolerant land plants which could add color to the tank.

Cons: Extremely limited water area means I'll be lucky to have enough water for BBGs when all is said and done. And, of course, the mangroves just won't be able to grow very high.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 03:43 AM
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It would be easier to manage as a riparium and give you more room for some of those cool brackish fish, but as you say it would be easier to keep some of those fauna selections in a paludairum setup.

If you want mudskippers could you do a hybrid setup with something like a turtle basking platform up above the water level? Would mudskippers be smart enough to figure that out?

You ought to try Bacopa monnieri and see how it does.

I have an extra leather fern here established in a riparium planter if you might like to try that.

A lot fo those brackish fish grow pretty big. You might need to think about a tank upgrade if you get some of those.
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