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    Setting up my brackish tank

    Discussion in 'General Brackish' started by Madou, Aug 6, 2017.

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      There are also other marine and brackish plants to consider:

      https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/southflorida/habitats/seagrasses/species/

      http://www.reefland.com/2012/07/19/...rue-flowering-plants-in-your-marine-aquarium/

      Your best bet might be shoal grass, which seems to tolerate a wide range of salinities, and appears to do well in salinities as low as 10ppt (SG 1.0075). I have seen vast beds of shoal grass in the estuaries around Pensacola and Destin, FL.

      This article below indicates that shoal grass will be OK in salinities as low as 9ppt (SG 1.0068) It will die when salinities go down to 3.5 ppt (SG 1.0026)

      http://www.jstor.org/stable/3798928?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

      I know that there are a number of online retailers that will sell some of these grasses, but I don't know if they would ship to Belgium.
       
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      That's all great info, thank you very much!
      We don't have many retailers that do sea plants, but I'm sure I can convince some to find them for me. I'll see how the valls do, and if they're starting to go bad, I'll take them out for my next puffer tank and try these! :)
       
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      I found another article you may find of interest:

      http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/habitats/seagrass/

      The widgeon grass seems to be the most versatile, considered a FW plant that is VERY salt tolerant.
       
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      And more info on some more common FW plants and their salt tolerance:
      http://web.pdx.edu/~sytsmam/papers/parrotfeathersalinitytolerance.pdf

      Vallisneria: failed to grow at 6.66 ppt (sg 1.005)
      Najas: at 10 ppt (sg 1.0075)
      Myriophyllum: 13.3 ppt (1.010)

      Interesting that Myriphyllum is so salt tolerant, but your salinity still is at the upper limit of what it can handle.
       
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      Dude, you're a true encyclopedia.
      Thanks a whole lot for your help.

      It'll be hard getting those plants, but if I can find just one of the good ones, I'll be in heaven. :)
       

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