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post #11 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 04:12 PM
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If puffers, on their own, they will not make good community fish in a 10g. A trio fo dwarf puffers will be it. Lots of plants, they don't swim actively, just cruise among plants. Here's our profile written by a couple of other members:
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Plants will do fine with good bulbs/tubes. I assume you have an incandescant (screw-in bulb) fixture? Get Daylight CFL bulbs with 6500K, in 10w size. Two of these will be fine.

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post #12 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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3 dwarf puffers or the cherry shrimp with the celestial danios in my 10 gallon would be cool. I have a Eclipse Filtration and Lighting Systems on my 16 gallon and my 10 gallon I haven't received yet so I dont know what it will have on it. And is keeping live plants in your aquarium hard???

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Alright cool. I mean I am most interested in Dwarf Puffers they seem cool. I know they can be aggressive but is there any sort of fish that is a suitable tank mate for them? I have read up on them but haven't seen anything. Also can i use an automatic fish feeder with dwarf puffer food? My friend mentioned to me that I should get an automatic fish feeder but I am not sure if there is a limit to what kind of fish food you could put in there. Reason I need one is because during school breaks like spring break I would need an auto fish feeder but I can take them home on longer breaks I can take them home.
Then a dwarf puffer is probably not for you. A lot of fish will be fine without being fed for a a few days to even a week, but not this puffer. Small fish= big metabolism and as i said before they need live and frozen food given to them daily and cannot sustain in a tank where weekly water maintenance is not performed

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post #14 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 06:27 PM
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I'm planning the same size tank for my room at work, and no cichlids aren't out :) Check out these shell dwellers, which are the smallest of the cichlids. They seem to have pretty cool behaviors. The name is neolamprologus multifasciatus, or more commonly known as "shellies" or "multis". You can keep one male and 2-3 females in a 10 gallon.

I also thought of the DP, but there will be times I will need a janitor to drop food in, and live food for DP is just out, plus they are messy eaters, and water quality issues, unless you are willing to keep up on water parameters. I can be out of my office for 2 weeks, (it's at a school). Of course I'll bring my tank home for the summer :)

These fish are not easy to find, sadly. I've found a guy in Phoenix, who will ship me some. I'm waiting now on the shipping charge. These are the fish I'm planning on.

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I like those ideas. I don't know if I would do sand I might just stick with pebbles or something. Would a freshwater tank with sand be hard to manage? another question about planted tanks. Do they need special lighting etc? I have heard they are an advantage but they create more algae? A planted tank with Celestial danios and cherry shrimp sounds like a neat idea. I am not sure if they are good tank mates though I will try using that site you gave me.
Aqadvisor is a great resource if u have an ideaof what kinda fish u want. Planted tanks will actually help with algae as the plants use the resources that algae use. Algae has to compete for nutrients. I dont know much about sand but look at a substrate call Eco Complete. Plants love it. Its soft enough for puffers. It doesnt leach or cloud water. Its good stuff

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post #16 of 18 Old 07-09-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Eco complete sounds cool I might get that even if I don't get puffers. I just saw the comment about puffers eating habits, I suppose they are out of the question :/ Maybe some other time when I can take care of them more often. I have narrowed it down to the shell dweller cichlids (thanks Gwen!! :D) or the cherry shrimp with the celestial danios. I have a perfect picture in my head and hopefully I can make it come out that way XD. And I cant find the Daylight CFL bulbs with 6500K, in 10w size can Byron or someone help me find this??

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Eco complete sounds cool I might get that even if I don't get puffers. I just saw the comment about puffers eating habits, I suppose they are out of the question :/ Maybe some other time when I can take care of them more often. I have narrowed it down to the shell dweller cichlids (thanks Gwen!! :D) or the cherry shrimp with the celestial danios. I have a perfect picture in my head and hopefully I can make it come out that way XD. And I cant find the Daylight CFL bulbs with 6500K, in 10w size can Byron or someone help me find this??

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Byron had just helped me with finding the CFL of 6,500K so I can answer that. It's the curly shaped light bulb, and I found mine at Walmart. The box will say something like it's a 40watt, but only uses 11watt. Something like that - It's a GE bulb. On the back you'll see the Kelvin rating. So, maybe we'll both be dwarf cichlid owners

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post #18 of 18 Old 07-10-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!! I am actually going to check out a fish store near me then will be heading over to wal mart to check for lighting today. So I will check and see if I can find the light bulb :)
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