Stocking a brackish aquarium
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
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
Last edited by showmebutterfly; 08-23-2014 at 06:41 PM.
I believe nerite snails do well in brackish water.
good luck with this project!
20gal long planted community
Brackish Snails and Shrimp
Thank you, Shea! I believe you are right on those snails too.
So far the list I've come up with is:
Malayan livebearing snails
Red Hawaiian shrimp
There are probably more and I will keep looking.
I don't know if you already posted this but flagfish can be in brackish.
A true aquarist knows what it feels like to step on a sharp piece of gravel
do as I say, not as I do- William
I think if someone thinks clownfish are called nemos they should banned from keeping sw tank.
Plants for brackish aquarium
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:
Mexican oak leaf
Carolina fanwort - Cabomba Carolina
African Tiger Lotus
Widgeon grass - Ruppia maritima
More (possible) stocking options
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.
Florida / American flagfish
Dragon / Violet goby
Knight / Spotted goby
It will still just be the 3 tanks. lol One cichlid tank, one tropical fw tank and one brackish or sw tank (probably brackish).