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Freshwater puffer under 6"?
Old 12-17-2012, 08:38 AM   #11
 
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Nice, yeah I was thinking a South American Puffer. Are the plants you have in there real? I would think it would be hard to keep them alive with those air stones going..
The two purpleish one on the left are fake. The rest are all real. They are all low light plants, and the airstones do not bother them at all. I have a crappy T8 light strip on there that I bought used, so god knows how old the bulb is, but they are all growing great. I use fert tabs and liquid ferts. (Flourish comp)







There's a big Val on the far right that is hard to see in these. It is bending across the top of the tank.
The puffers really like swimming amongst the real plants.

The South American puffer Colomesus asellus, Amazon Puffer, can reach 5.5", though usually a little smaller in aquaria. How big is the tank you are putting them in, and how many are you looking for?

I highly recommend this fish, very active, fun to watch, aggressive eaters.

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"Very active but quite placid for a puffer, C. asellus can be kept in a community tank with robust species. It will sometimes nip the fins of long-finned or slow-moving tankmates, though, so these are best avoided. Keep it with medium-sized characins, barbs, larger rasboras and robust, peaceful cichlids."

I love the pea puffers too, but they are smaller than you want, and cannot be housed with other fish. I keep mine in a heavily planted 10 gallon and feed them live white worms. My amazon puffers eat frozen bloodworms.

This is my pea puffer tank:



This is just LED lights and the plants have been doing great (again with tabs and liquid ferts)
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:56 PM   #12
 
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Canadian where did you find the "profile" on the Amazon Puffers?? We should have one here for them I think?? Maybe you could propose one?? After the holidays I am going to buy a book on Puffers. One that I have seen over and over again on the internet. Aqualog, the Puffers of Fresh and Brackish*by Dr. Klaus Ebert. From what I have read it is suppose to great.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:59 PM   #13
 
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Canadian where did you find the "profile" on the Amazon Puffers?? We should have one here for them I think?? Maybe you could propose one?? After the holidays I am going to buy a book on Puffers. One that I have seen over and over again on the internet. Aqualog, the Puffers of Fresh and Brackish*by Dr. Klaus Ebert. From what I have read it is suppose to great.
I'm PM you because we're not allowed to link to other fish sites.

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