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lowco1 03-22-2009 11:48 PM

Dwarf Puffers
Ok I dont know what catagory the dwarf puffers fall under but I am looking at getting some to fill my empty tank. From what I have read online now I see that the dwarf puffers do not require brackish water and that to tell the difference between them the male has a black stipe down his belly. So is this true with them? Also what are some good decoration ideas for the tank? Also what is a good way to lower the ph in a tank mine is too high for the puffers I believe?

daisycutter 03-22-2009 11:57 PM

fresh water for these salt would be fatal,what is your ph? about 7-7.5 seems to suit them
the males have a dark yellow/orange/brown chin stripe when mature and the well known "eye wrinkles" always have 1 male per tank or all female or chaos will ensue for decor lots of plants(real or plastic) and hiding places a soft substrate like sand helps they will sometimes bury themselves,ive never experenced this but theres always a chance

lowco1 03-23-2009 02:11 AM

My ph is 8.2-8.4 straight out of the tap. Is there any kind of sand substrate that will work with an undergravel filter?

daisycutter 03-23-2009 04:45 PM

yea thats pretty high you would need to reduce that somehow other than sand small grade rounded gravel would work with a ugf so long as its too big to go clog the intake holes on the filter plate it would work and as i said ive never whitnessed them buring themselves so you may be ok with standard gravel so long as its rounded type rather than the crushed type

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