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Old 01-18-2013, 02:02 PM   #141
 
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I've actually had an idea bouncing around in my head the last few days about constant food sources for them...I've been wondering if it would be possible, in a big enough tank, to construct a mesh box (about 5 inches all the way around) in the back corner for snails. The sides would have to be covered in moss to keep puffers from picking at them, but the top uncovered so they could get light. The mesh would keep adults from escaping, but babys could get through and the puffers could have at them.

Just a thought, idk if it would work or not but it's been bouncing around my head. :p
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:47 PM   #142
 
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Hes in the centre. Not sure you can see his eye....just a part of his body.

What do people think about adding 2 cherry shrimp into the tank?
I think the puffers won't eat them- but they would eat the fry if there ever was any and obv keeps the tank clean.
Opinions please!!!!!
This is an idea I have been wanting to do for awhile now but been waiting for my Java Moss to grow more. The Java Moss will serve as a hiding shelter for the shrimp and for some babies. This way the puffers don't wipe out the whole colony. It creates a balance.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #143
 
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I've actually had an idea bouncing around in my head the last few days about constant food sources for them...I've been wondering if it would be possible, in a big enough tank, to construct a mesh box (about 5 inches all the way around) in the back corner for snails. The sides would have to be covered in moss to keep puffers from picking at them, but the top uncovered so they could get light. The mesh would keep adults from escaping, but babys could get through and the puffers could have at them.

Just a thought, idk if it would work or not but it's been bouncing around my head. :p
The issue i see with this jen, is that puffers don't have a 'stop' if 5000 babies came out in one day, they'd eat them all...... Plus, i'll throw up a picture in a minute.....i have LITERALLY just set up the snail tank.......
OOH, and i just won another 24 12 12 on ebay.......for $5. i cheekily bid.......no one bettered me.......SO....grow out tank for puffer babies in the future!!!!

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This is an idea I have been wanting to do for awhile now but been waiting for my Java Moss to grow more. The Java Moss will serve as a hiding shelter for the shrimp and for some babies. This way the puffers don't wipe out the whole colony. It creates a balance.
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well i bought quite a bit of moss......and as you know, even without much growth the tank is very well planted.(IMO)

I've chanced it and just added 2........the puffers were INTRIGUED to say the least...... i took videos.......but dont wanna post as im ashamed at the mess my wood has made of my sand and i've not cleaned it yet! Theres also some poo there now too! messy puffers!
Puffers and shrimp are about equal in size......they surrounded one....but havent eaten it...and seems the shrimp can hide if they want to as well.....though now they keep swimming past the puffers and teasing them!
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:11 PM   #144
 
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The adult shrimp should be fine but the babies and juveniles may not be. Though this only if the puffers realize they are food. So I guess in theory if you fees the puffers enough where they are not looking for food constantly then they may not see the shrimp as food. Yeah from your pics you probably have enough moss now.

LoL I they are very messy fish!
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #145
 
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The adult shrimp should be fine but the babies and juveniles may not be. Though this only if the puffers realize they are food. So I guess in theory if you fees the puffers enough where they are not looking for food constantly then they may not see the shrimp as food. Yeah from your pics you probably have enough moss now.

LoL I they are very messy fish!
THIS would be the plan.......i do Not want 4000 shrimp in the tank........IF the shrimp do breed, i would consider the fry a food source and nothing but. A treat if you will.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:56 PM   #146
 
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get some shrimp! they clean the tank and remove algae too!
and when they moult, the puffers could have a go at them...
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #147
 
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Loving little things about them that are starting to come through now personality wise.
After eating wise I have 2 who have their spots to go to.
One goes and chills in amongst a beckettii plant. The other goes under the twisted wood.
The second ones pic you can just see th silhouette as didn't want to use flash.
They have done this after all feedings so far.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:02 PM   #148
 
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Heehe! They're so sweet. . . claiming their teensy tinsy territories :) It seems like they're doing REALLY well! So thrilled to hear that they're really settling in amazingly well, and are doing great with eating. The feeding issue seems to stump a lot of people - picky little Puffers! I hope they don't eat your grown-up shrimp, or ALL of the babies (if/when there are some). I can't wait to see how this tank grows and gels in the future. VERY curious to watch how the five do together as they become comfortable and reach maturity. Hope it stays very happy and peaceful like it is now!
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:29 PM   #149
 
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So do I jes!
That was a little of the reason I started putting cheeky bids on tanks on eBay too. If there is a problem now I can literally just whip them out and into another 24 12 12 tank. And for $5.....ha! Bargain!!!!
And I'm glad the feeding has gone well too! Tomorrow I might try them on the daphnia I have as well and see if they take to it. Be a bit of trial and error to see how much they can eat etc. It's so cute how their bellied instantly round!!!!

Oooh... I can post another pic now. Of the snail tank..I've also ordered 2 large pond snails I'll get next week - only one shop locally breeds them through the winter here! Stripped down an lfs tank today and took all there snails out. Well, quite a few anyway!
Funny thing on the pic below. See th led reflection in the tank.... they were the leds I tried and failed, as expected really, on the tank. They are now where they belong...... under my kitchen cabinets! Haha
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:44 PM   #150
 
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Aww, that puffer in the crypt is the cutest! That one is Squee :) I am so jealous! Is it live daphnia? I've been thinking about trying to cultivate that in the summer..ehehe.

I can't believe you got a tank for $5! That's crazy!
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