02-27-2009, 01:09 PM
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Eco-complete is definitely one of the better substrates for growing plants, so if you want live plants it's definitely nice to have.
I don't currently own dwarf puffers, but my brother has a 10g dwarf puffer tank. He has three puffers and a bristlenose pleco. The substrate is play sand, plenty of fake plants, a piece of that marbled looking rock with a hole through it, and a nice piece of driftwood mounted on slate. He feeds the puffers frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms along with live blackworms and live pond snails. I've had similar success with these foods. There really isn't any fighting among the puffers as there's lots of cover for different territories, although sometimes during feeding they'll chase one another away from food.
They're definitely not difficult fish to keep provided you can keep them well-fed. They can be picky eaters but all will enthusiastically go after snails, so another tank with a thriving pond snail population would be really helpful. To be on the safe side, I would limit tankmates to inactive bottom dwellers that will be ignored by these little guys as they're known to be fin nippers. I did keep dwarf puffers with tiger barbs successfully, but I wouldn't guarantee that this would work out every single time.