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Old 05-31-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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Please explain "brackish"

Is it just muckier water? What fish like it, do most like freshwater better?
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Brackish is that area of water between FW and SW. If you think of a FW river flowing into an ocean, it's that area between the river and the ocean. Not as much salt as the ocean, and just enough salt not to be considered FW.
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Ok gotcha, Thanks. I heard on here someone talking about adding salt to their aquarium. I would never need to add salt to a freshwater at all right?
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For brackish tanks, you need to use marine salt. The salt added to normal fw tanks is a bit different and it's not a bad thing to add a little to help with stress. But, no. Unless your using it to treat, I believe it's not really necessary for fw.
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Thanks, geez girl where do you keep all those tanks??? I'd love to have a bunch but that must keep you so busy. I stare at the one I have forever, I'd never get anything done with all those to gaze at, hahaha!

I only have one 55 gal but would like a smaller one for a predator, maybe a shark and some crabs or something. It will be quite awhile before I do that though. What can live with crabs in a tank? Not hermies just the little FW black and red crabs.
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The thing about crabs/crayfish/lobsters is they will eat anything they can get their hands on... so they are pretty much species only
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^ what she said.
The tanks do keep me busy but, I love it. Just have to space out the maintenance. It's not so bad.
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It will be quite awhile before I do that though. What can live with crabs in a tank? Not hermies just the little FW black and red crabs.
Those are best suited to a brackish paludarium.

Consider Indian rusty crabs.
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ok, so may I ask what is a paludarium?? Can you have a large fish with them? Or better to be alone, maybe put in feeder goldfish. If I do put in the feeder goldfish do I still have to feed the crabs something else too? I will have to find a book on them, they sound pretty neat.
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Red claw crabs and fiddler crabs need to be kept in brackish water and should have an area in the tank where they can get out of the water. I've never kept any, but you should probably feed them fish fillets from your grocery store/seafood market. Hikari is a good brand of food too, http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...AD&N=2004+6135

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paludarium- aquarium that is set up with land, water and air.. here is a link
http://members.tripod.com/~Tropic_Co...aludarium.html
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ok, so may I ask what is a paludarium?? Can you have a large fish with them? Or better to be alone, maybe put in feeder goldfish. If I do put in the feeder goldfish do I still have to feed the crabs something else too? I will have to find a book on them, they sound pretty neat.
Rusty crabs are both freshwater and fully aquatic; however, they are not compatible with many fish (most of which will either be consumed under the cover of dark or consume the crab, as whilst it molts). They may consume feeders, but these do not make for a nutritionally balanced diet - I would also provide a variety of frozen foods and sinking tablets.

A warning as regards printed media: most English-language texts make no specific reference to "Indian rusties", and what little generic information is thus available as concerns freshwater crabs is often obsolete or misleading.
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