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Old 01-09-2010, 12:30 PM   #11
 
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No no no, I was thankful you caught it and corrected me being on the wrong track there, now I know something new (and that actually makes ME wanna consider them now too, the dwarf one's for my 10g)

What do you mainly feed your puffers with?
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:33 PM   #12
 
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If I keep puffers, could I have somethng on the bottom of the tank (loach, crays, etc.)

@Kelso what would you suggest for the male/female ratio (would this balance help keep aggression in check?) do you have plants in your dwarf puffer tank?

@Natalie okay no dwarf gourami and also, i'm going to revisit the killifish options
I think the puffers may get after the cray's for snacks (natural behavior).

There's soooo many Killi, it actually ain't funny, my breeder I got mine from had some 25 tanks set up, all Killi and as he said He had a "FEW species there"...getting them herein the US can be troubling on SOME thou. But they sure are darn beautiful fish.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:52 PM   #13
 
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I've heard that you wanna keep it 2 girls to 1 guy, and that's what I have. I also read all females can work as well or just 2 males. I however don't really think that last one is a viable option. I keep live plants in that tank, a couple of crypts and something called a temple plant. I have some fake plants, mopani wood with java moss attached to it. They all got their own territories so it's worked out very well. I feed them the littlest snails I can find and mostly live black worms. Mine are very picky and I'm gonna try frozen food here soon to see if they like it. Ghost shrimp too apparently work, but my puffers don't bother with the Whisker Shrimp I have. He's about 2 inches now. I read lot's of articles that say it's hit or miss with dp's wheather they go after shrimp. I'm not too sure about cories, but I know oto's are actually advised with dps. I never tried it because they're so fragile...I just don't like fish like that because all three of mine died. Something small, drab colored, and not very active does best with dps.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:57 PM   #14
 
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PS I love the looks of the tank!! Are you going to add some background on it?
yup, but first i want to get fish and i'll choose the background accordingly to make them contrast. I love the look of the tank--now while the plants are new--we'll see if i can manage to keep them healthy
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:06 PM   #15
 
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Kelso--can I ask what your water params are? Temp and pH?

Right now, of the fish suggested so far, I'm torn between dwarf puffers and the steel blue killifish. Might depend on what is easiest to keep.

Thanks for making this easier for me, guys!
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:20 PM   #16
 
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My ph remains consistently 6.1 with minor fluctuations up to 6.3. All my tanks are at 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the tannic acid that is leached into my water from the driftwood, my ph sinks to 6 at the end of the week in that tank. Gertrudes rainbow fish or steel blue killis are the decision im trying to make for when I get my 75 for what I'm going to put in my 28 gallon!
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:21 PM   #17
 
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My dwarf puffers never bothered with ghost shrimp, but then again I never really got small enough ghost shrimp for them to consider food. They ate pond snails, ramshorns, live blackworms and various frozen foods. At one point, though, they just stopped eating frozen brine shrimp even though they were going to town on it before. Pretty strange little fish.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:22 PM   #18
 
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My ph remains consistently 6.1 with minor fluctuations up to 6.3. All my tanks are at 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the tannic acid that is leached into my water from the driftwood, my ph sinks to 6 at the end of the week in that tank. Gertrudes rainbow fish or steel blue killis are the decision im trying to make for when I get my 75 for what I'm going to put in my 28 gallon!
Then would dwarf puffers even be a viable option for me with my pH in the upper 7's?
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:43 PM   #19
 
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Mhm. They are hardy little fish that would probably experience a vast array of pH in their natural habitat. I'm sure any of the puffers that are near estuaries would be fine as would the puffers further inland in the slower and more boggier waters. I had to slowly acclimate mine to my water, because the lfs where I got them from had a pH of 7.2...quite a difference from my 6.1. The dwarf puffers can be comfortable in a pH range from 6-8, just make sure you slowly acclimate them, even a slow drip would be good.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:21 PM   #20
 
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Right now, of the fish suggested so far, I'm torn between dwarf puffers and the steel blue killifish. Might depend on what is easiest to keep.
What sometimes also helps to MAKE a choice there: What's available to you locally
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