I've just started cycling my old tank (I've had to start again as I let the filter / tank go dry), so it's a way off yet, but is there anything special I need to do if I was planning brackish water? or should I cycle as normal and when it's ready then add the salt? also do I need to test for anything regularly once it has been set up as a brackish tank? or is it just the usual 3 (Nitrite, nitrate and ammonia)
Brackish water needs a certain level of salinity. Although brackish environments are by their nature changable you still need to know what the tanks current salinity is so you'll need a refractometer. Other than that brackish is the same as freshwater.
ooh how confusing; some articles mention these fish are brackish, others say freshwater (like the one you mentioned)
But I'm happier to go with the opinion of someone who has owned these type of fish and therefore knows from experience as it were, so thanks EC
still a long way off yet as said the tank only started recycling today, but can these fish be kept as more than one? (as this is another thing the articles cant seem to agree on), I was thinking of getting a couple, but this can increase / reduce depending on advice given.
Actually I've not owned one, but I have done the research because I wanted to. There have been several posts about them over the time I've been on the forums too and I've stolen the answers from cleverer people
I believed F8's could be kept in a group.... but thinking about it virtually no other puffer can be and they can inflict severe damage quickly if they fight. So I'm not sure. I believe Sophie had a shoal of f8's...
That's super thanks EC, it's added another 'hmmm' though, when you mentioned on there about not exposing the marine puffer to any air, do you know if this rule applies to all puffers or just the strict marines? (I mean as in when they are netted and transfered btw)
cool - thank you, I think one of the first things i read was about them puffing and you dont want them to do that. I've got a lot of learning to do, and a lot of researching. I've joined that forum, just waiting for my confirmation email at this stage