Substrate ThatíLl Hold Its Shape?
Posted 21 April 2019 - 04:26 PM
Posted 24 April 2019 - 06:13 PM
Would they adopt a fabricated burrow?
I used to use PVC pipe in the sub for gobies.
Posted 24 April 2019 - 06:28 PM
Any specific kind of clay I can use?
Posted 25 April 2019 - 09:16 AM
Laterite is used in aquascaping soils... expensive especially considering you will have to moosh it up. Just be mindful with these soils that they leach ammonia for a bit.
Posted 25 April 2019 - 07:51 PM
What about the stuff from Bunnings, like plastering sand?
Posted 26 April 2019 - 08:55 AM
Posted 26 April 2019 - 09:02 AM
It will be a bit cloudy when added or disturbed but settles quickly... a bag is cheap and would be worth experimenting with... if I was going to do a mudskipper tank, this is what I’d try.
Posted 26 April 2019 - 09:50 AM
Posted 27 April 2019 - 02:54 PM
Another option is to make a DIY foam “floor” which replicates the shape of the rising riverbed. There’s a special substance which you can then layer onto it and cover in sand. End product is a solid sand riverbed which you can put more sand on top of which looks pretty natural. Again, wont allow for burrowing. Can however incorporate burrows etc into the foam.
Posted 29 April 2019 - 09:08 AM
I like his idea of foam floor... could stick a few holes in it, fill with sand or clay... might work. If it does, it will be much easier to manage.
Edited by malawiman85, 29 April 2019 - 09:09 AM.
Posted 29 April 2019 - 05:50 PM
I agree, it's a difficult task that very few people attempt.
Reckon I've got it tho
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It's a little harder than just clay, so idk if mudskipper will be able to dig into it (maybe I'll try to mush it up even more), but I'm glad it at least holds its shape. Clouds up the water real good tho.
Could I soften it at least temporarily if I pour hot or boiling water onto the bentonite
The foam floor is an idea that I've heard before, but I think I prefer the extremely-difficult-but-accomplishable-with-the-appropriate-materials route.
Edited by pseudechisbutleri, 29 April 2019 - 08:32 PM.
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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:13 PM
Would be mighty cool if you manage to breed the mudskippers, I’ve heard it’s possible
Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:43 PM
It's been done a few times, and the use of a tidal system, in conjunction with a substrate that is able to sustain its form, was always used, so looks like I'm going in the right direction.
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