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10 Gallon Dwarf Puffer Home
Old 07-26-2014, 11:38 PM   #1
 
10 Gallon Dwarf Puffer Home

Okay I think I have everything figured out, but I would love more opinions. The Stock should be fine, esp from what I have researched, and I will be on top of finding females and plenty of hiding spaces, and etc.

My Questions are at the bottom of this post.


Stock
4x Dwarf Puffers (1m 3f)

Equipment

Filter- 10-30i Tetra Whisper Filter
Heater- Marineland Visi-Therm 15 Gallon Heater
Air pump + Accessories- Tetra Whisper Air Pump 10+ Airline Tubing+Check Valve+ 1 Marineland LED Moonlight Blue Bubble Wand
Substrate- White Gravel
Hood- Aqueon 20" Versatop + 20" Fluorescent Strip Light + 18" Life-Glo 2 Fluorescent Light Bulb
Ferts-Seachem Flourish, API CO2 Booster
Cleaning Equipment- 5" Mini Lee's Ultra-vac + Small Glass Only Mag-Float Algae Scraper + Aquatic Gardener + 5 Gallon Bucket
Supplements- Seachem Garlic Guard
Water Conditioner- Seachem Prime
Thermometers- In Tank Thermometer +Sticky Outside Glass Thermometer
Food- Frozen Bloodworm, Live Snails on Occasion, Freeze Dried Daphnia
Net- 2" Penn Plax Infra Red Quick Net

Plants
Floating

6 Salvinia
1 Red Blue Water Lily

​Background

1 Dwarf Ambulia
2 Compact Aponogeton
3 Dwarf Vallisneria
1 Tiger Lotus
3 Bamboo

Midground

1 Crypt Wendtii
1 Aponogeton Crispus
2 java fern on Rocks
2 Becketts Crypt
1 Bamboo
1 Dwarf Vallisneria

Foreground

4 Dwarf Baby Tears on Rocks
2 Crypt Willisii


Decorations
Medium Root Stump
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...8456&pcatid=18 456


2 pack and 3 pack Cichlid Stones
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...3&pcatid=21383


1 Bridge
Blue Ribbon Blue Stone Bridge Aquarium Ornament at PETCO


1 Random ruin
http://www.petco.com/product/10543/P...rnaments-10543


Suggestions welcome!


Here are my questions


Do I need to cut back the plant list, and if so how many should it be for each plant? These are all part of the Dwarf Puffers natural surroundings, and the ones I liked outta the list...save for the bamboo.
Any more general equipment that I missed?
What should my WC % be per week, taking into consideration the plants?
Should I add any more different ferts, and if not, are the ones listed acceptable?
The decorations, too many or would it be okay?
Should I add a Proper PH Buffer 6.5, or will my Ph of 7 be adequate?
​Is my lighting sufficient?
​Is there anything else I have missed?
How should I arrange Everything as well?

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My Opinions.
I think the stock list is acceptable, and I think I would only have to perform 10% WC's once every two weeks. I like the ornaments I have picked out, so please don't tell me to try something else, because it is my tank, and I like the ornaments. I would love it if someone could point out some names for the future dwarf puffers as well, but remember to keep them linked. I prefer Gaelic origin names, but if you have some Harry Potter Names, just make sure there is one for each of the puffers. I'm OCD so it is a bit of a big thing. Thanks in advance as well, and give me your honest opinion! Thanks All!!!
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:49 AM   #2
 
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Okay all the equipment is good. But with the plants, we got to problems. Bamboo isnt an aquarium plant. The dwarf baby tears are almost impossible to grow with out expensive co2 and very high light. I would take out the lily, lotus, crypts. I actually wouldnt do a lot of plants. Look up dwarf puffers in the wild. There is a video of it and there is no plants. I would do 25-35% weekly. With those plants that i said to take out, you will not need ferts, i would of chose excel instead. But no problem. The links arent going threw on my phone, so i dont know. But i would use natural driftwood and a lot of lava rock. I dont recommend using any chemicals for ph. The lava rock will naturally raise the ph. Ya the light is good. I would look up that video and try to copy their habitat.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:31 AM   #3
 
I disagree with tankman. Plants are important in dwarf puffer tanks because they are extremely sensitive to nitrates. You don't need the CO2 booster, just stick with half a lid of flourish every 3-4 days. As far as the plants go, your crypts won't be midground long. Mine in my 10 gallon are pushing the water line and a dense 10" wide by 9" deep (front to back) and I am running two 13w 6500k bulbs. I would switch out the baby tears for downoi, it'll be easier on you to grow.

Do I need to cut back the plant list, and if so how many should it be for each plant? These are all part of the Dwarf Puffers natural surroundings, and the ones I liked outta the list...save for the bamboo.
I would cut out the lotus and lilly but the others are fine.

Any more general equipment that I missed?
I would switch out your filter for a Tom's Aquatics Mini Rapids Canister Filter. Also, get a corallife digital probe thermometer rather than the ones you listed. They are cheap and you won't regret it.

What should my WC % be per week, taking into consideration the plants?
50%, no slacking. As I stated before, puffers are extremely sensitive and you are going to need to do water changes not only for the small amount of nitrates you accumulate but for the TDS from the ferts.

Should I add any more different ferts, and if not, are the ones listed acceptable?Again, stick to the flourish. That's all you need.

The decorations, too many or would it be okay?
I would be weary of crowding the tank but I think you'll find an all-plant tank will be more pleasing to the eye. Personally, I would hold off on them while the plants grow in for 3-4 months and then decide.

Should I add a Proper PH Buffer 6.5, or will my Ph of 7 be adequate?
Don't try to buffer your pH. Simply add some crushed shells in the filter (from the LFS!) and your pH will naturally rise.

​Is my lighting sufficient?
What is the Kelvin rating of the bulbs?

​Is there anything else I have missed?
Personally, I would do 1 male and 5 females but you don't have to.

How should I arrange everything as well?
This is up to personal preference. Try to envision the adult size of your plants and arrange them appropriately. Also, when buying plants, try not to get over-excited and buy a lot to fill out the tank. When all of those fillers grow out with the other plants, you are going to be wasting them throwing them out.

Be patient.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:47 AM   #4
 
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First... congrats on deciding on dwarf puffers! :D They're awesome!
Instead of gravel, I'd suggest playsand. It may make planting a bit easier.
Those magnetic glass scrapers aren't too effective (I've seen people with them and tried using them-ugh). I'd get a rough sponge instead...

You are good for plants. The puffers inhabit sluggish densely planted waters in nature. This is vital to break up lines of site so the group can live together. They will be pretty timid at first,you'll see them swimming with their tails tucked sideways, which is puffer talk for "I'm not so sure about this." I'm not sure how successful you will be in sexing them, though it shouldn't matter too much.
You should be good for water changes with that many plants. You may have a bit of an evaporation problem so you may have to top off more often.

Dwarf puffers are happier with their pH in the 7-8 range, so you're golden there. :)

I don't know what you mean by occasionally, but I feed snails daily. I'm sure you know this since it seems like you've already done some research, but all puffer fish have teeth like rodents-growing constantly. The only thing to grind them down is mollusc shells. You can find a large decorative jar, throw in some plants and food, and farm your own snails. :) Probably the best way to keep a snail supply. Be sure to find (or order) pond snails or ramshorns, as many claim that trumpet snails are too tough for the puffers to eat.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:04 AM   #5
 
Local pet stores typically have pond/bladder snails that they are happy to scoop out for free.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:35 AM   #6
 
Thanks for the advice Everyone!
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:17 PM   #7
 
I'm setting up the same tank with six puffers, rather than four, and found this thread looking for plant ideas/tips, and it helped with everything else, too!

Thank you so much everyone, and thank you WolfaraRose for asking about all the details!!
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:22 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for the advice Everyone!
I would not worry about let alone chemically adjust your pH.

PH tends to be higher in planted tanks because the plants consume carbon dioxide. Which is not only not harmful to fish but actually healthy.


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