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Tappy4me 01-06-2014 04:23 PM

New Dwarf Puffers, finally!
 
I have been on the lookout for dwarf puffers since my previous two died, with no luck.

However, a new store in town was able to order some in for me. However, I didn't know until I got them home exactly how bad off they were. They're even smaller than my last girls, are malnourished and are riddled in Ich. However, I am hopeful as they are eating baby snails ravenously! I tried frozen bloodworms, but they're too big for their mouths. I will be getting some Spirulina frozen Brine stuff later this week for them. They arrived on Thursday and I picked the three of them up on Saturday.

I have one male and 2 females. The male and one female are pretty social, with the other little female being really shy. They are in a 5.5 gal planted tank currently, and will be upgraded to a 10 in the future most likely. I have begun treatment on them for Ich with Malachite Green/Formalin since they're so sensitive to salt. Once my adjustable heater arrives, I'll start increasing their temperature too to help. I'm quite excited as I haven't had a male before! He's BEAUTIFUL! (None of these pics show the Ich spots, since they're so tiny. )

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Before I released them

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squishylittlefishies 01-06-2014 04:52 PM

Yaaaaaaaay!!!! I'm so excited for you, dwarf puffers are my favourite! I kept one in my peaceful community aquarium for a year with absolutely no problems until he died from an internal injury from eating a huge air bubble off the surface X'(
Don't surface feed DPs!!!! I know now. Anyway, have fun they are such a great fish with so much personality. How big is the tank? I love your setup!

Tappy4me 01-06-2014 05:07 PM

It's a 5.5 gal currently. Small, I know. But they'll be upgraded in the near future :)

Chesh 01-06-2014 07:40 PM

I'm so happy to see you have wee puffy ones again! Excited to watch them grow! Sooo cute! ^__^

squishylittlefishies 01-06-2014 09:53 PM

5.5 is still a pretty good size for now:)
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Tappy4me 01-07-2014 08:13 AM

Yea. I'm so excited to have them! They are getting less shy daily. I forgot how much I like these guys!!
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Boredomb 01-07-2014 06:28 PM

They look like maybe they are juveniles to me. They might be since you said they are too small for bloodworms. When I had juveniles they would only eat snails and live black worms.
A 5.5 for them now is fine but glad to hear you plan to upgrade them to a bigger tank.
Am so happy you finally found some more since I know you have been looking for awhile now. Will be following your progress and keep my fingers crossed that they will heal up from the ich and keep eating for you!!!

Tappy4me 01-07-2014 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Boredomb (Post 3700634)
They look like maybe they are juveniles to me. They might be since you said they are too small for bloodworms. When I had juveniles they would only eat snails and live black worms.
A 5.5 for them now is fine but glad to hear you plan to upgrade them to a bigger tank.
Am so happy you finally found some more since I know you have been looking for awhile now. Will be following your progress and keep my fingers crossed that they will heal up from the ich and keep eating for you!!!

They are definitely juveniles. They're about half the size my last gals were, and they still doubled in size! :lol:

I have nowhere to get live blackworms..but I'm hoping to try to get frozen brine shrimp this week for them. I'm still trying a bloodworm here and there to see if they can manage it, but so far it's just snails-which they're going NUTS over. In fact, I have a spinach leaf in the snail tank to capture some easier for them...then I'll drop it in for the puffs. :lol:

They will probably end up in a 10 gal by the end of the month...certainly in the next couple months. I need to work out a space to get and put a fish stand that would hold a 10 gal and a 5.5 gal tank... haha. They get along really well together and all swim around together, so I think they'll do fine for awhile in my 5.5. They're acting just like my other girls so far and are very docile. (Helps there is quite a bit of cover in the tank I have them in.)

So hoping they heal up quick. They are doing great so far, and I think they have a good chance as long as they keep eating. :)

Tappy4me 01-08-2014 07:10 PM

Sad news. The little male passed away today :(

Chesh 01-08-2014 07:21 PM

*cries for the wee puffy one*


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