Brackish Water for Figure 8 Puffer! PLEASE RESPOND? - Puffer Fish Information - Pufferfish, Boxfish, and Cowfish
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-05-2011, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Brackish Water for Figure 8 Puffer! PLEASE RESPOND?

Today i went to my local fish store and told the employee that I wanted to make my freshwater aquarium, into brackish water...because I have a figure 8 puffer fish. He told me that the only item I needed was an item called "Proper PH 8.2" by API. This is exactly what I bought -

My question is: Will adding this product to freshwater turn it into brackish water? Or will it just raise the PH level, and I need to add marine salt to make it brackish. Or, is this a type of marine salt?

-Also, my fish appears to be twitching, trying to scratch himself on rocks, and loss of color, and extremely small white dots on his top (they are hard to notice without looking very closely) ... what might this be and how can it be treated?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-05-2011, 12:55 PM
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Welcome to the forum!! Your LFS is completely WRONG!

1) you are going to need to buy Marine salt, but not at the moment.
2) the fish has classic signs if Ich. That is a parasite that will Kill it eventually.

Raise the temp of the tank to 80+ degrees for 10 days. You can add salt at a ratio of 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons

3) you will need a hydrometer (later) to measure how salty the water is.

Treat the disease first then you can work your way up to brackish; raising the SG by .002 per week

Also water changes and a gravel vac are also highly recommended.

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