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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Rock landing terrace for mudskipper tank

I am planning a mudskipper tank/fig 8 puffer tank and wanted to build a foam rock landing that covers half the ten gallon tank, but theere would be a large cave under the landing for the fig 8 to swim freely. If anyone has dont this or knows what materials are safe, please contact me by pm or post here.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 06:56 PM
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a 10 gallon is too small for your future pets. i wouldnt go with anything less than a 35 gallon.
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there would only be two inhabitants, and F8s only get 6 cm
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sorry if i sound to negative but skippers grow to be about 6 inches and do best in groups. Most people recommend at least a 48 inch tank to develop territories. Im sure that some people may have had sucess but the skipper will be just to big for your tank and the hardscape together. I encourage you to not give up but get a bigger tank. One skipper will not lift its dorsal fin and display but several actually form a community and challenge for territory all the time. You will find that they are much more active in groups and if your lucky they may even breed.
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ok, well i havent set up the tank yet, but i do have a 29 gallon that is not in use at the time, i could use that. What materials would be safe for the landing though?
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As far as the mudskippers go it depends, it's not a general rule that they get 6 inches, some get up to a foot and the smallest get around 4 inches, but that seems to be the happy medium for most in the pet trade (well those easily obtained) usually get between 6-10 inches. In saying that, if you look around you'll find ways people make terraces, backgrounds, and the like out of foam by heating it up with a blow dryer...look on any cichlid forum and you're bound to find something like that. Other than that, you could always make it out of rocks and cork...or find some decent driftwood that would server your purpose...even with the right arrangement rockwork will allow you to make a terrace, just the sand or gravel might not stay in one place if you plan to have a current. I used slate one time to stack up against gravel/rocks/sand and made a terrace for some toad tadpoles to crawl out on. It seemed to work fine for them...

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I would echo what others are saying about the 10 gallon. The puffer is not going to be super happy in a tank that small.


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You could try looking for landings designed for turtles, they float and look like rocks. what kind of skippers are you getting?


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okay, i have the 29 gallon seasoning now. i will look into the turtle landings, i would like some suggestions on what skippers to get.
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Indian mudskippers. They only get about 4 inches long and are better suited for your tank size.

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ok. ill look into them
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I should point out that mudskippers like to have a lot more land than just a "terrace".
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yea i figured, it is going to cover half of the top of the tank, it will be maybe 3 inches thick. i will have a plexi glass cover and the tank will be about 85% full.
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I realize this post is old but i am wondering how your tank worked out i came acrss this post and it sounds interesting. Any pics?
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It worked great. I used a non toxic well its like plaster but its not cholky kinda like a concrete mix. It was really neat, i had a fig 8 in there also, but my uncle is really big into SW so i gave the tank and the two little guys to his daughter, for a birthday gift. They live in wisconsin, so i prolly cant get pics. It was neat he paid for express shipping for the whole thing, fish seperate container obviously. But the last i heard the fish were doing fine. I havent been on in a while, wrestling has taken up alot of time, districts are this weekend, hopefully ill move onto state. wow i got off topic quick lol
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