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How appropriate would a dwarf puffer be for me?

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How appropriate would a dwarf puffer be for me?
Old 04-26-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
 
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How appropriate would a dwarf puffer be for me?

Anyone have more info or insight on a dwarf puffer in a community tank. I am thinking of adding one to a tank that would also house 5-7 Angels, 5 Cory's, 1 Rainbow shark. I like the idea of them working to keep the snail population down but don't wish to risk any of my fish. The dwarf variety is said to be good for a community but I would like to hear that from more then just a few sources. Anyone have firsthand experience?

Here is a cute video I thought I would share and a link with more info.
Dwarf Puffers are Great Little Freshwater Fish Anyone with more info would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:37 PM   #2
 
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I would not have dwarf puffers in a community tank. Have heard they can be fin nippers and territorial fish Soo don't know if that will b good for angel fish and not sure about the corys either plus they are quite small and might become a snack for larger fish you have in the tank. Here is a good website on them dwarfpuffers.com.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:03 PM   #3
 
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I agree. Puffers are aggressive little fish, especially for their small size. Nipping angelfish's fins would be a problem. Also, other fish don't always take kindly to puffers.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
 
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From what I've heard of, the only good Dwarf Puffer tankmate's are oto's. Not a community fish
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:50 PM   #5
 
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That is kind of what I was afraid of but the links that I read made it sound like THAT species was less aggressive and could be in a community without issue. Always good to double check I guess. I was just excited to see how determined he was to eat up all the extra snails. Seemed a good way to keep the population down.

I figures that even if he ate 3 snails a day (he is only and inch long, that would be a lot) that he wouldn't soon run out of a food source. Also, I thought maybe it would keep him busy rather then being a little grump to other fish. So much for that thought.

Does anyone here have any? Any first hand experience with them? I hate to think of having a 30 gallon tank with nothing but a 1 inch puffer in it. :( Seems a waste of space to me.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:06 PM   #6
 
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I don't have any first hand experience with them but I am in the process of turning my 29tall into a dwarf puffer tank. I have been reading up on them for a couple of weeks. That website I gave you is a good source of where I have gotten my information from. They say roughly 5 gallon per puffer (I have heard 2.5 gallon also) soo you could get 6 putters in there. They also say 1 male to every 2-3 females. I have read both 2 or 3 so not sure about that. I think they are also pretty cool litte fish. LOL I even have a ten gallon tank with nothing but snails in there for the putters that I am going to get. I am all ready to give a try just need to reseal my tank cause I found out today it leaks a little. I am hoping by this weekend I will be able to get the tank up and running
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:08 PM   #7
 
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Inga- What happened to your assasin snails?? Mine have done a bang up job on my tanks.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:07 PM   #8
 
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I did have one in a 10g heavily-planted tank. It arrived by accident, in the bag with the pygmy corys and was very tiny at the time, so I just left him in the 10g. He certainly ate snails, I could never see any after a few days with him. He seemed to be doing fine, but I needed the tank to raise the Farlowella fry and didn't want to leave the puffer as he was growing and they can be nippy, so I put him in another tank. He sadly didn't last long. A couple weeks after his departure from the 10g, the Malaysian snails began appearing; obviously he ate what he saw, and a few in the substrate kept the snail population alive.

I believe they are aggressive with each other, males anyway, so they need space and lots of hiding spots like bogwood and thick plants.

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:46 PM   #9
 
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Inga- What happened to your assassin snails?? Mine have done a bang up job on my tanks.

Kymmie, mine did a great job in the 25 gallon and I have not seen another snail in there. In the 60 they made great progress but all of a sudden they took over again. I moved the Assassins from the 25 into the 60 so there are somewhere around 10 in there. I don't know if they are lazy, tired or what. They can't seem to get rid of the ramshorns. The ramshorns are again eating all of my plants.

No, it isn't a case of over feeding the tank either. The fish would starve to death before the Ramshorns are out of food as they eat plants. There are more plants then daily food for the other fish. Let me go on record as saying " I really do not like Ramshorn snails"
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:52 PM   #10
 
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Kymmie, mine did a great job in the 25 gallon and I have not seen another snail in there. In the 60 they made great progress but all of a sudden they took over again. I moved the Assassins from the 25 into the 60 so there are somewhere around 10 in there. I don't know if they are lazy, tired or what. They can't seem to get rid of the ramshorns. The ramshorns are again eating all of my plants. Also, I thought the Assassins were matiing but now I wonder if they are eating each other. I found 2 dead ones. Ugh!

No, it isn't a case of over feeding the tank either. The fish would starve to death before the Ramshorns are out of food as they eat plants. There are more plants then daily food for the other fish. Let me go on record as saying " I really do not like Ramshorn snails"
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