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  1. Default Slate Bottom Brackish?


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    I have a 55 gallon Metaframe aquarium with a slate bottom. Would this be ok to use with brackish water? I have a Green Spotted Puffer Fish that I would LOVE to move into this bigger tank, but am not sure of the slates reaction with the salt.

    Any advice is welcome!

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    You're gonna have to get someone else's opinion, but I've seen slate in pure saltwater and I don't see why it would be a problem, assuming we're talking about rock.
    I've never heard of a slate bottom tank... Is that a tank with actual stone for a bottom?
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    It is a steel-framed glass aquarium with actual black slate as the bottom. From the 1960's, early 1970's.

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    Sounds really cool! Are you planning to put some sort of substrate in or just keep the slate bare?
    I still don't think it'd be a problem, but I don't have experience with those, don't take my word for it.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    I'd use sand as a substrate. And yes, the aquarium is very cool. I was lucky and got it with the original stand in trade for a table and two bar stools.

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    Haven't seen a slate bottom tank in a while, very cool. I would test the seal all the way around to make sure there are no leaks. Might even be a good time to replace it.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    Ive seen people using slate bottoms for freshwater and brackish. However not the actual base made of slate, more like slate tiles covering a glass base. Either way as long as the seal holds you should be golden!
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    I have slate in a brackish tank, no issues.

    The steel however? You might be in for a rusty surprise. Salt creep still happens with brackish, and I have rusted out a wrench and a screwdriver leaving them on the top of the tank for a few weeks.
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