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Old 05-01-2009, 11:55 AM   #11
 
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I doubt that you'll ever get them eating any sort of prepared food like flakes or pellets. For that reason, variety in their diets is especially important. I second Twistersmom's recommendations; I've never met a fish that didn't go crazy over live blackworms. They should be available at most fish-centric pet stores (they don't carry them at the big box pet stores). The snail infestation should provide a lot of food for them as well. Mysis shrimp are just fine. Don't give up on those bloodworms though! Most frozen bloodworms are fortified with all kinds of vitamins and minerals that might otherwise be lacking in their diets, so getting them to eat some bloodworms would be a good idea.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:33 PM   #12
 
Ok thanks, its not to stressful on them if I clean the tank 2-3 days every week is it? And do you know of any snails or cleaner fish that can go in brackish water and with the GSPs?
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:37 PM   #13
 
Ya they are starting to eat more bloodworms. And ill give blackworms a try, how do you keep them, do they live in water?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:26 PM   #14
 
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I keep my blackworms in the refrigertor.
Keep them in an open container. You want a small amount of declorinated water covering them, maybe 1/4 inch above the worms or less, no more than that. Not too many worms in one container, they need to be able to get air to breath.
To keep them healthy you should rinse them with declorinated water every day. If you rinse them daily, they should stay alive and well for about 4-6 weeks.
I have found spring water or purified to work best, also, you want the rinsing water to be cold. I buy the 2 1/2 gallon jugs of purified water and keep it in the fridge till needed.

Any snails in brackish water are likely to become food and I can't think of any good cleaner fish for brackish.

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Old 05-04-2009, 09:34 AM   #15
 
One of the puffers doesn't look so good, I don't think he has eaten for a while. It doesn't seem to be bullying cause cause food will float right past his mouth while the other two are on the other side of the tank. His left side looks almost deformed and dented compare to his right side. On the left side it is really caved in, while in the right side he is still pretty thin but not as much. Do you know what might be wrong?
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:15 PM   #16
 
I read somewhere that it is good to put lots of plants in the tank, so that it sort of blocks there view other puffers and it can help reduce aggressivness, but I dont remeber if the website was for dawrf puffers or GSPs, does anybody know if it helps?
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:58 AM   #17
 
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I would add the extra decor and try to give them all their own place to hide.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:20 PM   #18
 
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gotta love em

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Hi, I am new to puffers and just got 3. I saw them at a pet store and they looked terrible. They weren't in brackish water, there fins were ripped, and there tails were tucked against them and the stomachs were mostly black and they were with a bunch of tetras. I had an extra 15 gallon at home and took some water from another tank so it was all cycled and a filter, heater, and an airator and got some crushed coarl gravel to keep the pH low (is that ok? I heard they need a low pH and that coral will lower it). I have slowly been changing the water to brackish and they seem to be doing much better. I have been feeding them bloodworms and small snails and am hatching some brine shrimp eggs for them. They are about an inch and a half right now and I know they need a much bigger aquarium soon and plan to get atleast a 30 gallon if not bigger and if I am unable to I will bring them to a really good fish store specializing in fish and reptiles that will take care of them. But for now any pointers on how to keep them happy and healthy would be great!
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I read your problem and are they eating? If they are thats a start. The more salt you keep adding every week is best. What kinda puffers are they? If they are eating and there stomaches are still a little black add a very small amount of epson salt to help with constipation. Far as other things I can answer if you have more problems. cindylou
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:25 PM   #19
 
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other brackish cleaners

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Ok thanks, its not to stressful on them if I clean the tank 2-3 days every week is it? And do you know of any snails or cleaner fish that can go in brackish water and with the GSPs?
Hi again, I have had a chinese algae eater in with all my brackish ciclids for 12 years now and they are the only one that seem to do fine. Try those, my fish don't bother them either.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:54 AM   #20
 
Yup they are eating, they are green spotted puffers. One of them died, I don't know why he was kinda eating, he didn't seem stressed at all, theothers didnt chase him, his stomach did look wierd though on side was normal then the other side was like it was crushed or broken there. I had him for a week and then on day woke up and he was dead. Do you know what itmight have been? And great i will cheak out the algae eater, though ill wait till i get a bigger tank for all of them. Thanks a bunch!
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