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Old 02-05-2007, 09:40 PM   #1
 
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Dwarf puffers.

Just picked up 7 of these little guys tonight...about the size of peas. Now I've kept them before over the years but never in all that time have I actually seen one of them puff up. I've seen bigger puffers do it but never the dwarf puffers...my question is has anyone? Oh and they are currently being housed in a divided off section of a 20 gallon tank before I break them off into two or three seperate breeding groups.
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:21 PM   #2
 
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i bought this old book from a sunday market ( $6, Dr sterba's aquarium handbook ) and it showed a picture on one of the pages showing a freshwater puffer blowing up.

I'm not sure about this though....

anyway, i don't think puffers would blow up if they are the size of peas....

Hope this helps! :D
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Old 02-06-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
 
they might blow up but since they are so small it might be hard to notice a difference
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:18 AM   #4
 
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i think these guys r soooo cool, do u have to keep them in their own tank, r they aggresive??? being so small im thinkin that they would b ok with other larger fish??????????????????
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:22 AM   #5
 
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i think these guys r soooo cool, do u have to keep them in their own tank, r they aggresive??? being so small im thinkin that they would b ok with other larger fish??????????????????
Hi Lioness.

They get nippy and do nip like other puffers do. No, they shouldn't be kept with larger fish. They're best kept in a species tank only. Otos are the ones often suggested to be kept with dwarf puffers. Although there may be a chance that the otos will be nip, it is unlikely to happen if there are lots of hideouts for them to seek cover.:)

Puffers should be given snails as well to feed on as their beaks are likely to become overgrown making it difficult for puffers to eat well. They're likely to just starve to death because of overgrown beaks.:)
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:24 AM   #6
 
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awww so i couldnt have 1 then :(:( thats a shame i think they r amazing, as they r small wats the smallest tank i could keep a couple in?
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:27 AM   #7
 
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A 10 gallons would do it although I'm sure a 5 gallons is just as great.:) There may be a little nipping otherwise they're fine when kept together.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:58 AM   #8
 
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cool, my new aim then is to get some!!!
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
 
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A five gallon would easily handle 3 or 4 dwarf puffers. Keep the water current light as they are generally poor swimmers. They don't readily accept flake food either so I feed mine frozen blood worms and small snails on occasion. They are easiest to keep in their own tank but some fish are ok with them. You would want something small enough that it wouldnt bother the puffers and fast enough that it could dodge them trying to give it a nip...neons would do fine. You might get a nipped fin every once in a while but thats about it. But the puffers are interesting enough that I prefer to keep them seperated from other fish. As far as agression amongst the dwarf puffers its mostly the males that fight over territory. Females will actually form a loose school in a tank. Once territories have been established males will rarely bother each other until spawning, at which time they may hurt each other pretty badly. They are relatively easy to sex though so it would be possible to get one male and a trio females and largely avoid the puffer vs puffer fighting.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:14 PM   #10
 
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A picture of one of the 7 dwarf puffers I got the other day. That's a standard little airstone in the picture to give you an idea of how small they are (and this is one of the bigger ones!)

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