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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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I currently have an empty freshwater 30 gallon tank that used to house a Convict Cichlid who has been moved to another tank. I'm looking to buy and keep 1 GSP in there and wanted to know what stuff I'm going to need for him as I convert the water over to brackish and eventually fully marine. I've had freshwater fish for ages but saltwater/brackish is completely new to me, but I'm gonna put my best foot forward :) I'm aware GSP's are not beginner fish and require loads of upkeep, which I'm willing to provide. So. Here is what I currently have in my 30g.

*30 gallons of cycled ammonia-free water with a PH of about 7.3-7.5
*One 55gal AquaClear filter with carbon, sponge, and biorocks
*1inch of normal (blue and white) gravel.
*1 terra cotta pot without the bottom (sanded, no sharp edges)
*1 piece of driftwood about 13'' long with a tapered 4'' gap between the inside top and bottom of tank.
*1 small "house" tank ornament (really ugly but it was a gift ><)
*1 tiny yellow fake felt plant (again, ugly but a gift)
*1 heater
*1 aerator
*1 in tank thermometer
*standard tank hood with light that came in the kit

Can you simply list what I will need to additionally buy and what I cannot use from my list? I want an engaging enough environment to keep him happy but I'm not sure about plants as its going to be going from fresh-->brackish--->salt and don't want to be spending money on plants that are going to die later on. I've had plastic plants before and they got full of algae and fell apart when I tried to clean them. Can I create a nice environment with just rocks? Is live rock even ok because of their lack of scales? How much should I get? Can I breed pond snails to feed him in a spare 1gal tank w/ algae wafers? Can they eat beefheart cubes? Any other crunchy foods I could breed and feed him to keep his beak down?

Sorry for all the questions, I just wanna make sure everything is perfect for him before he moves in! Lastly, where can I get these guys and is it safe to buy them from the internet? I live in New York.

*Please keep in mind I am a college student and I have a budget lol Any price saving tips are much appreciated!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 04:56 AM
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Hello and welcome. To measure specific gravity you will need a refractometer. Do not attempt this with a hydrometer. You can make a nice display with just rock. You will need marine salt. I am also fairly sure a GSP will outgrow a 30 gallon tank.
This is some good advice about how to bring up the specific gravity for a GSP, with exception that they recommend a hydrometer, which I caution as they are inaccurate.
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You will need to understand keeping a marine tank. You will want to top it off with fresh water as it evaporates, not salt.
Puffers are extremely messy, so tank maintenance is going to really need to be done weekly at least.
I also suggest that you treat your puffer for IP's right away.

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Hello and welcome. To measure specific gravity you will need a refractometer. Do not attempt this with a hydrometer. You can make a nice display with just rock. You will need marine salt. I am also fairly sure a GSP will outgrow a 30 gallon tank.
This is some good advice about how to bring up the specific gravity for a GSP, with exception that they recommend a hydrometer, which I caution as they are inaccurate.
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You will need to understand keeping a marine tank. You will want to top it off with fresh water as it evaporates, not salt.
Puffers are extremely messy, so tank maintenance is going to really need to be done weekly at least.
I also suggest that you treat your puffer for IP's right away.
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Thanks for the response. I'll be adding a refractometer to my list of things. While the tank is in the brackish stage, can I still use my freshwater filter? What about when its fully marine? And yes I know I'll have to be doing water changes a lot, but from what I've heard these fish are worth it. Also to my knowledge 1 GSP can be housed in a minimum of 30gal for the duration of its life?
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You can use your freshwater filter until your salinity goes over a certain amount (I can't remember off the top of my head) just remember that you can only increase your salinity by .002 a week or you will kill your bacteria. While you're in the brackish part, you need to start diluting the water with RO/DI water with water changes until eventually it's full RO/DI. It's necessary for saltwater.
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