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post #1 of 3 Old 12-30-2009, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Dwarf puffer + Oto + Snail eggs

Hi, first post here, hoping to find an active knowledgeable forum as I just got into aquariums this year. I do have a question about a new setup I'm starting hopefully today.

I have a dwarf puffer, still small, who is moving into an eclipse hex 5 that is on sale at Petsmart. I'd like to have an Oto with him in there (right now he lives alone). However, I feed him those little pest snails, which I am hoping will breed to some degree in the tank so I can quit going to pet stores begging for snails. I did have some success in his current tank, they were laying eggs here and there, but I then tried to feed him a ghost shrimp, which he didn't eat, and which proceeded to apparently eat all the snail eggs. I'd like to make sure the Oto won't be hunting down and destroying the snail egg clusters or disturbing the breeding. I'll have a separate 1gal tank also breeding the snails but I'd like them to be multiplying somewhat in the puffer's tank too.

If you know for sure, please post a comment affirming one way or the other!

So... do Otos ignore eggs or should I do without in the interest of keeping snails multiplying?

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-30-2009, 11:55 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

I was able to breed ramshorn and pond snails inside my 10 gal Dwarf Puffer tank. If you are looking for more of a variety in the puffers diet, you can try bloodworms. (blood worms and black worms where a big hit with my DPs)
Otos will not eat or bother the snails or snail eggs. If you have not already bought an Oto, I would pass. The Oto cats do better in groups of 3 or more. A 5 gal is too small to house a DP and 3 otos.
Otos should not be added to a new tank. Very sensitive fish.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-08-2010, 03:19 PM
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Agreed on all counts. You can certainly try breeding snails in the same tank as the puffer, but when I kept DP's I could never get snails of any kind to last long enough in their 10g tank to successfully breed. I would think that in a 5g hex this would be even more difficult. Pond snails are ludicrously easy to breed, though, so you could breed them in another tank or even a really simple sort of filtered bucket type setup if need be.

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