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Author Topic: Acclimating Brackish to Fresh????  (Read 6216 times)
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« on: November 17, 2013, 05:25:51 PM »

Ok so I've looking for rainbow fish for a while and my LFS has them but have them in their brackish tank. I allready have some Bozeman's and there doing great Aren't rainbows freshwater? Also is there a way to acclimate them to fresh from brackish?

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2013, 06:10:09 PM »

There are several different species of rainbows.  Which ones are they keeping brackish?
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013, 06:17:46 PM »

They have them listed as Murray River Rainbows
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 06:45:27 PM »

It irritates me that a shop would keep a freshwater fish in brackish water.    http://rainbowfish.angfaqld.org.au/Fluviatilis.htm

I would think that you would have to acclimate them very slowly so that they are not shocked.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2013, 09:04:09 PM »

Yeah I was thinking the same thing
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2013, 09:06:21 PM »

This is a situation that I would choose to set up the quarantine tank as light brackish.. trying to match the tank they shop's tank water parameters .
Then it would be easier to do a slow acclimation to your tank water parameters during the 6 week QT time ... with twice weekly 1/3 water changes for the first two weeks ...After 4 water changes the amount of salt will be reduced enough that you could finish out the rest of the QT period with normal 50% weekly water changes. By time the QT period is over the fish will be fully acclimated to your water parameters.

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2013, 09:07:14 PM »

I'm confused now. Are you planning on setting up a South American tank or South Australian tank?
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2013, 10:38:00 PM »

Oh this is in my other established tank not the my South American one in the works
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2013, 01:20:02 AM »

if you do try acclimating--i would set up a very slow drip with airline hose and and fitting..one in and one set at same pace to drip out of tank and into a receptacle of some sort ( keep an eye on it as what looks the exactly pace can be off slightly and no overfills are good lolol)
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2013, 09:08:18 PM »

if you do try acclimating--i would set up a very slow drip with airline hose and and fitting..one in and one set at same pace to drip out of tank and into a receptacle of some sort ( keep an eye on it as what looks the exactly pace can be off slightly and no overfills are good lolol)

Acclimating Brackish to fresh should not be accomplished by drip methods. It takes a fish longer coming out of full marine or brackish to acclimate. If you are setting up a separate tank for your Rainbows, then I would acclimate them in that tank with reducing marine water through your weekly partial water changes.
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