07-03-2008, 12:44 AM
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If you can't get frozen or live, I would be really hesitant to buy the dwarf puffers. Mine won't touch any sort of prepared food. Here's what they eat, in descending order of preference: live snails, live blackworms, frozen mysis shrimp, frozen bloodworms and frozen brine shrimp. Just to give you an idea, they'll only rarely bother with the frozen brine and will only eat the krill about half the time. They really go nuts over the live snails. Does your LFS have a snail problem? You could probably feed your puffers exclusively on live snails provided you had another tank you could breed pond snails in. I breed pond snails in my betta tank for this purpose. Before I had a tank suitable for breeding the snails, I would just go to the LFS every week and get a bag full of the pest snails and dump them straight in the puffer tank. The snails would usually be all gone after a week or so, but I figure it's better to feed them on a regular schedule than let them binge like that.