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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Can anyone describe a silt or mud tank for brackish water fish?

What layers? What "mud" do I use? This is not the kitty litter thing, is it?

I am wondering because I want to set up a 120 for violet gobies, possibly mudskippers and a few other fish. It needs to be brackish. Apparently these guys are happiest in a silt/mud bottomed tank. Not many plants. (salt grasses?).


Also, since we are here, does any one have dragon/violet gobies of the Gobioides broussoneti species? Apparently they mostly die because they starve to death because people put them in with faster fish.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 01:07 PM
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This sounds awosme hope some people know some stuff thanks for posting

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 06:11 PM
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I like what your trying to do. The few tanks I have seen that were trying to emulate actual mud bottoms faked it by usinf black substrata and building a formation where fish like mud skippers could come out. They were ok, but nothing like we have come to expect in other aquarium area.

I will follow this. There is a lot of interesting things that live in the tidal mud flats.
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Excuse my ignorance. Just curious. What is mud bottom? Is like like a dirt tank but not capped with any sand or gravel?


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Have you looked into refugium mud (miracle mud seems to be the preferred brand)?
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I haven't really looked into it much but I wouldn't think MTS or MOPS would work well(too much organics and nutrients). Would be very silty and every time a fish moved they would stir up a cloud.

I wonder if something like dead sand would work better. It's inert(at least mostly) is heavy enough to settle quickly when disturbed but still has a mud look and feel when wet.

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I don't know if brackish would have any effect on this but you could use old aquasoil or if you have any old soil based tanks that you would like to teardown or rescape, the used soil works great for settling relatively quickly. I do mean old too.
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Have you looked into refugium mud (miracle mud seems to be the preferred brand)?
I would avoid Miracle Mud. It's extremely expensive at $60 to $70 for only 10 pounds. You can get any of the other SW refugium muds for about 1/2 the price.
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