Creating brackish conditions - HALP?
Posted 07 July 2011 - 06:57 PM
Someone came to my job yesterday saying that they had a puffer fish who was killing its tankmates, and when they tried returning it to Walmart, they were told to flush it. They were keeping it in a fish bowl for the week following it, but noticed it wasn't thriving, and came in hoping to buy a bubbler. I know very little about puffer care and she didn't know the species so I couldn't really give adequate advice, but knew enough to say that a) they produce a lot of ammonia & are sensitive so a bowl is NOT ok b) most need brackish and c) depending on the species, we might be talking about a fish who will be big and need a big tank down the road. Basically: no bowls, and not a beginner fish. I suggested looking online to place it, on a puffer enthusiast forum.
The lady, when I told her this, frowned and said she would have to flush it then. I hear this from a lot of folks, and many I turn away. But it's a puffer, one of the smartest, most personable fish around. So I, having a sign that says "stupid" on my head, agreed to take it figuring I can find it a new home once I can confirm it is healthy.
The fish is a green spotted puffer, as it turns out. I know that they like brackish and have found info on their preferred SG and such. What I need to know is:
1. Do I use marine salt or aquarium salt? ETA: Just found on Badman's that it's marine, I figured as much.
2. Is there a handy calculator to figure out about how much per gallon is needed?
3. If not, where do I get a thingie to measure SG with?
4. The fish has been kept freshwater, but I know it won't thrive long term that way, and needs to be gradually acclimated to brackish. So... what's the best way to do that?
I do not like taking on things I am not 100% knowledgeable on, but I'm willing to make this work, and figure he has a better chance with my fumbling ineptitude than in the toilet. I am googling all this as well but I really trust our memberships' advice.
ETA2: I THINK I found a good article - badmanstropicalfish's one would be a good place to look, right? I'm mainly looking now at the safest way to acclimate him to greater levels of salinity.
Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:18 PM
http://www.thepuffer...potted-puffers/ (the author now recommends 55g per GSP!)
And Dadof4, the author of the second post, will definitely be happy to help with the salt thing - tell him I sent you! I can get his e-mail address if you want.
P.S. Neale Monks is, like, awesome. *nods*
Edited by LilGreenPuffer, 07 July 2011 - 08:19 PM.
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