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mudskipper newbie

Discussion in 'Brackish' started by albartsch, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. albartsch

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    Hi- Just joined. I've been fascinated with mudskippers for years, and was very suprised to see them in a pet store in Boston last week. I didn't know I could see them outside the New England aquarium. I bought 3, and was told to keep them in fresh water and feed them bloodworms. Then I started the research, and see web postings saying that I must create brackish water, use a large aquarium, feed live food, and keep the water warm. I have a four foot aquarium in the garage that I could set up, but I don't really know how to make brackish water and can't be sure how much of this advice I need to heed. Any advice from experienced skipper-keepers?
     
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    I'm going to move this over to the Brackish Water forum. You'll get more info pertinent to your question over there.

    Welcome aboard! We'll do our best to help you provide a happy home for your skippers!
     
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    Thanks! I didn't see that forum, so I posted in both marine and freshwater.
     
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    OrionGirl No freelancing!

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    I closed that one and put a link in to this one.

    Not a biggie, just easier for you if it's all together. We usually advise people to post a topic in just one place, to reduce duplications of responses. :)
     
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    You're going to need land as well as water for your skipper tank, They mostly spend time on land rather than water, as you might have seen at the aquarium. Try to re-create what you saw there and get the right water parameter you've seen around the net.
     
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    Thanks. One more question for the experienced. Has anyone created a system for an automatic fish feeder so I can go away for the weekend or longer?
     
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    Adult fish can go for well more than 2 days without food. For fry, some source of food will be needed, but infusoria or a healthy planted tank can even support them for a day or two. Just make sure the water level and parameters are appropriate, and that the temperature will remain stable. All of my tank lights are on timers, as well, so I just don't worry about anything. The tank I have at work doesn't get fed on the weekends or holidays with no negative results.
     
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    Welcome...

    Albartsch, to Aquaria Central, home of the most waterlogged fishkeepers on the internet:)

    Yep, I want my next tank to be mudskippers, too.

    You will definitely want to get the 4 footer out of the garage. You need to a bit of land as mudskippers are reportedly territorial (I can only pass along what I've read, but I've done a fair amount).

    Have you had fish before? Mudskippers will be something of a challenge, so you'll have your hands full.

    Check out this site: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~thebobo/mud.htm

    Also, if you can get your hands on Practical Fishkeeping, a great British magazine, the Jan and Feb issues (I think) had a two part on mudskippers. If you can't get them, PM me and I can send/fax you a copy of the article.

    Also, do a title search for mudskippers here. I had a couple of questions a couple of months ago and those threads may still be here (or not, the boards updated a couple of months ago...)

    HTH

    Val
     
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    Thanks. Please send me the reprint if you can. Fax number 617-249-0149. I've kept fish before, and newts, but I think I've bit off a big one here.
     
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    Honestly if you have kept fish and newts before it shouldn't be that hard. Just think of it as a cross between a newt and a fish that needs salt. I have one in a 55 currently with many other bw fish (Anableps, Monos, Mollies, Gobies, and a Fig 8), and he is extremely easy to take care of. But then again I do have a ton of experience with amphibs (currently have Tiger leg Tree Frogs, Red eye Trees, Mantellas, Newts, Graceful Chameleon and Red Ear Slider-last two are actually reptiles but thought would include anyway). "Skippy" gets frozen bloodworms, frozen brine, flakes, and live brine altered regularily. Just keep the questions coming, Aquaria is a great place and yes, we are quite a bit water logged! Feel free to PM or email me if you have any questions. I check both daily.
     

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