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    Default Stocking a brackish aquarium


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    I hope to get some conversation started on this topic and that there are some people on this forum with brackish water experience and / or knowledge that will chime in.

    General definition of brackish water: pH >8, dH >12, with 2 to 3 tablespoons of sea salt per 2.5 gallons (10 liters) of water.

    I have compiled a list of brackish water fish from books that I have on hand. This is by no means meant to be a complete list. There are probably some shrimp, snails, etc. that can be stocked in brackish tanks as well. I am still doing research and hope to have a list of those, as well as plants, in the near future. All the fish below prefer brackish water, but that does not mean that they can all be kept together. Do your research to determine tank size needs and compatibility of species! Hopefully this list will act as a starting point for those interested in brackish aquarium setups and hopefully I won't have misspelled too many of the scientific names!

    Common Name - Scientific name:

    Orange Chromide - Etropius maculatus

    Wrestling Halfbeak - Dermogenys pusilla

    Black Molly - Poecilia hybrid

    Sailfin Molly - Poecilia velifera

    Spiny Eel - Macrognathus aculeatus or Mastacembelus argus

    Australian Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia nigrans

    Mono or Malayan Angelfish - Monodactylus argenteus

    Bumblebee Goby - Brachygobius xanthozona

    Indian Glassfish - Chanda ranga

    Tiger Fish - Datnioides microlepis

    Mosquito fish - Gambusia affinis

    Gymnochanda Filamentosa

    Scat - Scatophagus argus

    Asian Pufferfish - Tetraodon fluviatilis

    Archerfish - Toxotes jaculator

    Smallscale Archer - Toxotes microlepis

    African Pipefish - Enneacampus ansorgii

    Dwarf Puffer - Carinotetraodon travancoricus

    Hogchoker - Trinectes maculates or Achirus fasciatus

    Shark Catfish - Ariopsis seemanni
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    I believe nerite snails do well in brackish water.

    good luck with this project!
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    Default Brackish Snails and Shrimp


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    Thank you, Shea! I believe you are right on those snails too.

    So far the list I've come up with is:

    Nerite snails
    Malayan livebearing snails

    Amano shrimp
    Red Hawaiian shrimp
    Red-nose shrimp

    There are probably more and I will keep looking.

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    I don't know if you already posted this but flagfish can be in brackish.
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    Default Plants for brackish aquarium


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    This is what I have found so far, but it was off the internet, so take with a grain of salt - hee hee

    The only information given was that most of these require low brackish levels, rich substrate and good lighting - no definition of what would be considered low levels, rich or good. :(

    So for what it's worth - plants:

    Aponogeten crispus
    Mexican oak leaf
    Carolina fanwort - Cabomba Carolina
    Parrot feather
    Banana plant
    Cryptocoryne ciliate
    Hygrophila sp.
    Onion plant
    Hornwort
    Vallineria sp.
    Moneywort
    African Tiger Lotus
    Micro sword
    Java fern
    Java moss
    Widgeon grass - Ruppia maritima

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    I found these listed on the internet, scientific names not provided. I would recommend looking up the ones you are interested in and checking their care requirements before adding them to a brackish environment.

    Horse-face loach
    Flying fox
    Rainbow goby
    African mudskipper
    Rhino goby
    Florida / American flagfish
    Dragon / Violet goby
    Knight / Spotted goby
    Green chromide
    Acara
    Mollies
    Guppies
    Platies
    Swordtails

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquariumlover10 View Post
    I don't know if you already posted this but flagfish can be in brackish.
    You must have posted while I was typing lists! Thank you al10!

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    You just cant have enough of fish tanks can you?
    Nice to see you doing another journal :)
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    It will still just be the 3 tanks. lol One cichlid tank, one tropical fw tank and one brackish or sw tank (probably brackish).

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    Now get a few lions, snakes, a croc or two, and a few other exotic animals and you can open a zoo :P
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