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CJ 09-04-2006 07:59 AM

My tank measures 24"x16"x12" knowing there are 231 cubic inches of water per gallon this comes out as:

24x16x12=4608/231= 19.948 or roughly 20 gallons:

Against my better judgment when I took the little critter in, I put him in my large community tank of 140 gallons. After chewing the tail off my best looking comet, and a piece of the lower lip of our Texas Rock Cichlid, I finally moved everything of importance out of the 20 gallon tank and Puffer in.

CJ 09-04-2006 08:02 AM

Thge folks who have me this little critter were told he was a target puffer, but, a gold ring puffer usually sells of $160 or more around these parts, and they only paid $28.

CJ 09-04-2006 08:05 AM

CJ 09-04-2006 08:06 AM

CJ 09-04-2006 08:10 AM

Ghost Shrimp
While on the subject of tank-mates we can see from the lat picture; heres some Ghost Shrimp we keep to clean up the detritus:

CJ 09-04-2006 08:13 AM

I thought the Ghost or Glass Shrimp would be q treat for puffer, but you can see we have another form of filter/feeders; Guppies!

CJ 09-04-2006 08:21 AM

Puffer doesn't seem interested in the shrimp at all, but prefers instead, pregnant guppies.

Guppies are fairly easy to breed and, I swear, can live in a dirty toilet. This tank was full of them and ghost shrimp before I cleaned it out. The water was absolutely brown with tanic acid and dissolved sludge.

Puffers belly will turn white just prior to hunting. He then sneaks up on a female guppie while she is giving birth, and grabs her by the vent, devouring the babies by sucking them from the mothers womb, then he begins traveling up and down in the tank shaking the female as he chews, never releasing until after he had eaten everything and has sucked the skull dry of its contents including the ever so delicate eyes.

CJ 09-04-2006 09:41 AM

Here's an end view of the 20 gallon tank showing some of the airlines and the thermometer...

CJ 09-04-2006 09:49 AM

Here's a view from the top where you can see some of the fry. These are all less than 72 hours old. If you look very carefully at the top center of the image you can detect some newborns which have arrived over night.

The water is a tad brown from yesterdays feeding. I gave them freshly hatched brine shrimp. I think I'll do a series on hatching brine shrimp at a ;later date, and give the sources for the least expensive brine with a 90+ hatch rate from North America's Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA. A one pound can costs $28.00 delivered directly from the processor.

Lupin 09-08-2006 01:16 AM

Nice puffer, CJ.
Now you have a fry eliminator.:devil:
Fry are a bane in my tank for added bioload. :tongue:

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