Jump to content


Photo

Creating brackish conditions - HALP?


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 RandomWiktor

RandomWiktor

    I put the "fun" in fundamentalist!

  • Administrator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,485 posts
  • Location:Alabama
  • Real Name:'Ren
  • Gender:Not Sure
  • Age:28
  • Betta Count:8
  • Total Fish Count:Between several and many.
  • Referred By:I was sucked in by UB's gravitational force.
  • Statement:We weep for a bird's cry but not for a fish's blood; blessed are those with a voice.

Posted 07 July 2011 - 06:57 PM

Ooookay. So, I have taken on a bit of a challenge, perhaps foolishly, as a foster.

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.

#2 Laura Lee

Laura Lee

    Fresh Fish Freak

  • Retired Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,940 posts
  • Location:Naples, Florida
  • Real Name:Laura Lee
  • Gender:Female
  • Betta Count:I've lost count!
  • Total Fish Count:bizillions
  • Statement:Real change doesn't happen until the pain of staying the same is too great.

Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:01 PM

I'm sure you'll find what you need at The Puffer Forum. Neale Monks is one of THE brackish experts...

#3 RandomWiktor

RandomWiktor

    I put the "fun" in fundamentalist!

  • Administrator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,485 posts
  • Location:Alabama
  • Real Name:'Ren
  • Gender:Not Sure
  • Age:28
  • Betta Count:8
  • Total Fish Count:Between several and many.
  • Referred By:I was sucked in by UB's gravitational force.
  • Statement:We weep for a bird's cry but not for a fish's blood; blessed are those with a voice.

Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:10 PM

Excellent, thank you :)

#4 LilGreenPuffer

LilGreenPuffer

    Yeah, I'm "that girl with the fish."

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,006 posts
  • Location:Kentucky
  • Real Name:Clare
  • Gender:Female
  • Age:22
  • Betta Count:1
  • Total Fish Count:4
  • Referred By:Google
  • Statement:My mission is to make your day a little more surreal.

Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:18 PM

Yep, here's some threads from TPF on going brackish and on GSPs:
http://www.thepuffer....php?f=5&t=1659
http://www.thepuffer...php?f=5&t=19348
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.


#5 RandomWiktor

RandomWiktor

    I put the "fun" in fundamentalist!

  • Administrator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,485 posts
  • Location:Alabama
  • Real Name:'Ren
  • Gender:Not Sure
  • Age:28
  • Betta Count:8
  • Total Fish Count:Between several and many.
  • Referred By:I was sucked in by UB's gravitational force.
  • Statement:We weep for a bird's cry but not for a fish's blood; blessed are those with a voice.

Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:55 PM

Looks like I have a lot of reading to do tonight! I am up for the challenge. :) The thought that this smart little dude was in a fishbowl makes my skin crawl. I shall do my best to make sure he goes through fostering with flying colors and finds a home.

#6 LilGreenPuffer

LilGreenPuffer

    Yeah, I'm "that girl with the fish."

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,006 posts
  • Location:Kentucky
  • Real Name:Clare
  • Gender:Female
  • Age:22
  • Betta Count:1
  • Total Fish Count:4
  • Referred By:Google
  • Statement:My mission is to make your day a little more surreal.

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:38 AM

When he's ready, I can post on TPF for you. We frequently see ads for adoptions on there.

#7 RandomWiktor

RandomWiktor

    I put the "fun" in fundamentalist!

  • Administrator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,485 posts
  • Location:Alabama
  • Real Name:'Ren
  • Gender:Not Sure
  • Age:28
  • Betta Count:8
  • Total Fish Count:Between several and many.
  • Referred By:I was sucked in by UB's gravitational force.
  • Statement:We weep for a bird's cry but not for a fish's blood; blessed are those with a voice.

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:49 AM

I'll probably be joining the forum myself so I can ask questions and what not, but thank you! :)

#8 sarahberry

sarahberry

    Sarah Berry

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,470 posts
  • Location:Buffalo NY
  • Real Name:Sarah Berry
  • Gender:Female
  • Age:31
  • Betta Count:1- Edgar Blutbod
  • Total Fish Count:1
  • Statement:RIP Bitsy.

Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:42 PM

awww poor lil guy! tortured and neglected critters make me :firefurious:

#9 RandomWiktor

RandomWiktor

    I put the "fun" in fundamentalist!

  • Administrator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,485 posts
  • Location:Alabama
  • Real Name:'Ren
  • Gender:Not Sure
  • Age:28
  • Betta Count:8
  • Total Fish Count:Between several and many.
  • Referred By:I was sucked in by UB's gravitational force.
  • Statement:We weep for a bird's cry but not for a fish's blood; blessed are those with a voice.

Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:03 AM

Ok, I have my hydrometer, aquarium salt, and am gradually working on raising the SG of my water. Puffer dude seems pretty good so far, I brought him one some snails from work and he had a ball with that. Unfortunately, since he was not something I was prepared in advanced for, the tank he is in is not cycled, but I am keeping a close watch on the parameters while I cycle a larger tank for him. Doing a ton of reading, thanks again for all the links, guys :)

#10 LilGreenPuffer

LilGreenPuffer

    Yeah, I'm "that girl with the fish."

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,006 posts
  • Location:Kentucky
  • Real Name:Clare
  • Gender:Female
  • Age:22
  • Betta Count:1
  • Total Fish Count:4
  • Referred By:Google
  • Statement:My mission is to make your day a little more surreal.

Posted 10 July 2011 - 01:06 PM

You can expect to do a lot of water changes right now! Those guys are messy messy messy.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

IPB Skin By Virteq