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Acclimating plants to brackish

I have a list of plants in picking up today for my brackish tank. The few that are known to do well in brackish. I know you need to acclimate them seeing as they are being sold in fresh water. How do I go about this? I've never had to acclimate a plant in my life lol!

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Re: Acclimating plants to brackish

I'd toss them in a five gallon bucket of freshwater with a clamp light, then add a little bit of salt every few hours over the course of a few days or even a week until my featured salinity was met. Then transplant into the main tank.

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If possible I would plant them in freshwater in the tank they will live in. Then, slowly increase the salinity of the water over several weeks until you reach the value you want. But, I haven't tried this, so I don't know how well it would work. Obviously the fish would have to wait until the tank was stabilized.

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Re: Acclimating plants to brackish

Seeing as I'm very impatient, I planted them in the brackish tank already. My reasoning behind this is the tank is very low salinity. I'll let y'all know how it goes lol.

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To my experience plants acclimate to brackish slower than fish (brackish fish kept in fresh).
I'd go with hoppy and offer weeks, if not months for the process.

Some plants, like Vals, seem to take a quicker pace well, but most plants I've tried, take painstakingly long to adapt.

Good luck anyhow.
How high are you intending to go with the salinity and which plants are you trying?

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Re: Acclimating plants to brackish

The salinity is about 1.005 right now. Very low so I'm not too worried about it. Slowly turning the tank fresh water too.

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i have tried this a few times, and it seems to work better if you provide them with more light and CO2 than they normally need.
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I kept my brackish tank at SG 1.004.
I had to acclimate the plants over a month before they would at least tolerate it.
When I just dumped them in, they died.
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Re: Acclimating plants to brackish

Yikes. Hopefully it will be full fresh soon. Turns out my gobies are the species that will happily tolerate fresh water so I'm getting the hell out of brackish town.

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Re: Acclimating plants to brackish

Day three and they are still looking beautiful! No signs of deterioration at all. Salinity is down to 1.003.

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