Originally Posted by gui4life
I did see that my local pet store has Pea puffers. They are rather cute looking, and yes they seem to very curious and social. I think I may get one of them for my tank + shrimp. Do I need to have live plants in my tank for pea puffers and shrimp? I haven't had live plants before.
I do have a 29 gallon tank and have been keeping the normal community fish.
Is there any reviews of loudness and effectiveness of tank filters? I want to get the quietest one possible.
I did see some smaller tanks at my fish store, they do have tops but the glass ones dont seem to be very well made - sloopy gluing of the edges. I would buy the Mr. Aqua tank in a heart beat if it had a hood.
I may end up getting it anyways.
I kinda want something glass so it doesn't scratch.
Dwarf Puffer and dwarf shrimp (I recomend red cherry as they are some of the hardiest and cheapest shrimp available and if you get a puffer it is hit or miss on whether or not the puffer will accept them) are both very sensitive to water parameters. Smaller tanks are very hard to keep at the correct parameters. The best way to keep them stable is buy adding live plants. (For ore information on Dwarf Puffer / pea puffer just click the shaded name)
If you do this set up you would need at least 5 gallons. I would recommend a small sponge filter for shrimp, that way they can out breed any predation from the puffer but power filters would suck up and kill baby shrimp.
Set it up with shrimp first, before getting the dwarf puffer as this will allow them to start to colonize and breed should the puffer decide he wants to occasional shrimp for a snack.
Java moss, Java fern, Anubias are good hardy low light starter plants if you want to start with live plants. The shrimp especially would enjoy the moss as they can hide in it while they molt from the puffer.
If you go with the dwarf puffer then you might want to start some pond/ramshorn snails in your 29 at home and then you can bring your puffer a few live treats every few days and the snails do help keep the tanks they are in clean. They normally only get over populated when tanks are over fed enough to where the food will support that kind of population. Rams Horn will also help with any algae.