Need info on violet gobies/dragonfish
Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:33 AM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:14 PM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:38 PM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:15 PM
I just want to jump in and say that I hope you aren't just using aquarium salt and that you're going to need far more than 3tsp per gallon. That's not what he needs. You're going to need marine salt and to get yourself a hygrometer so you can measure your salinity. They don't do well in freshwater longterm. You'll probably want to transfer him to a true brackish tank within the next month or so. He'll be a LOT happier.
Will aquarium salt be fine for a couple days until I can get to a place that will sell me marine salt? Also, anything else you can tell me? It's seeming like there isn't very much info on them at all and I really want to give each of my fish the home they deserve. Tomorrow I'm going to start the terrifying process of cleaning out the basement so I can move all my stuff(tanks included) down there(don't worry, the basement is VERY well heated!)and at that point I'm going to be building a tank that will hold my dragon fish and if the guppies and mollies and swordtails are supposed to be brackish/saltwater, it will house them too. Right now I'm kind of stressing about what each of them needs and where I can find solid info on each that will explain things to me in stupid terms, lol. I really only know anything about bettas at all. Everything else has me at a loss. Most of all Bunny.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:22 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 07:06 PM
Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:24 AM
Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:53 PM
Housing all these fish together in the same tank is going to be problematic.
First off, the pleco (do you know what kind he is, BTW?) is not going to appreciate brackish water, so if you're going to house the rest in a brackish setup you will have to find different housing for him. For a brackish setup, you will need to use marine salt like Saucy said, and you'll need a hydrometer to measure salinity. Make sure it is one that includes low range SG, since some hydrometers only include the higher ranges relevant to saltwater setups. The guppies and mollies will do great in brackish, but swordtails aren't often found in brackish waters in the wild and won't tolerate a salinity much higher than 1.005. Ideal range for the dragon goby is about 1.006-1.008. Personally I would house the swordtails separately, but if you wish to keep them all together I would stick with running the salinity a little on the low side, around 1.004-1.005, and acclimate everyone to the brackish environment slowly.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 01:55 AM
Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:50 AM
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