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post #1 of 6 Old 05-05-2010, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
Dwarf Puffer Tank?

Alright, I want to start a 20 gallon dwarf puffer setup. My water quality is on the money and already cycled, and the only problem I have is whats going to be in the tank. I put a few snails in there to start and also rocks. I want preferably 3 puffers, but I dont know if these rocks are going to be a enough cover any suggestions? I also know im going to get 2 females and 1 male. Last question is should i get some ghost shrimp? Will the ghost shrimp bother the puffers or will the puffers eat the ghost shrimp (which is what i hope).

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-05-2010, 11:16 PM
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Yes the puffers will eat teh shrimp. there was a video on here somewhere of someone feeding a blue crayfish to a puffer

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-06-2010, 04:16 AM
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How about some driftwood and plants in there? For more than one puffer in a relatively small space, you definitely want to break up the sight lines a bit so that they can establish territories and get out each other's hair. Er...scales.

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-06-2010, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
Well thats good I would want the puffers to eat the shrimp since they need to use there beaks often. The thing is I really dont want plants or driftwood because im going for the saltwater look. I dont know if i should add more rocks or what
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-06-2010, 12:36 PM
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I advocate providing suitable environments for the fish we keep, not making the fish "survive" in a foreign environment as this will cause stress and health issues. And it is not fair to the fish that have no means of escape. I am not a puffer fish expert, but here is a passage from an acknowledged puffer site that is pertinent:
Some people use fake, plastic plants and decorations. Some people use some fake decorations and some real decorations. Still, there are others who will only use live plants and real decorations. This is really up to the hobbyist since the puffers don't care either way. The one thing that is very important with a Dwarf Puffer tank is that no matter what kind of plants you use, you want to use a LOT of them!

Dwarf Puffers need places to establish territories and will do best in heavily planted tanks. The plants also break their lines of sight and will cut down on their aggression towards one another. The other purpose that the plants serve is to add complexity to their environment. In a more interesting habitat, the puffers' curious and explorative nature can really be seen. They won't spend so much time swimming up and down the glass out of boredom.

It's also a good idea to add multiple caves/hiding spots throughout the tank. This will give the puffers a place to escape if they feel threatened.
The aquarium is the environment in which the fish must live and to do that it has to be designed for the fish, not our personal wants.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-06-2010, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
Thats why im asking so heres my next question. I originally wanted figure eight puffers, but my local fish store doesnt carry them regularly, so if I want two figure eight puffers in here that should be fine right? They are the most peaceful of the puffers, and plants wouldnt survive. I can also setup the brackish water I would just need a little bit of help learning the amounts of salinty.
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