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bcart1 01-19-2011 09:39 PM

Bumblebee Puffer

I went to the fish store to buy some platies to bolster my current population. Of course I looked at every tank in the store and I found myself staring at the tank labeled "bumblebee puffer", which I think is a Dwarf puffer. Now I didn't buy any (wanted to do some research first), but I was just wondering if anyone could give me some tips or words of wisdom.

The tank I have set up was a "grow-up" tank for some angel babies I raised. Its a 10 gal, moderately planted and the puffer can keep the tank (I don't need any more angels!!). My questions are as follows:

Can I only keep one puffer?
What are good decorations for the tank?
Will they eat ghost shrimp?
Will they eat ramshorn snails? (tank is over run with them!!)
Any words of wisdom in general?

Thanks in advance,

SeaHorse 01-20-2011 09:10 PM

Hi, I went and googled this fish to see what it looked like and I do believe I owned some of these many years ago. I would consider this a harder fish to keep because I vaguely remember them needing to be fed more often per day, like sea horses. so a stricter routine. We had also bought 2 or 3, I think, but none survived very long and I never really understood what we had done wrong. Yet we have been successful with other fish types. So good for you for taking the time to do the research needed. I hope their "needs" are something you find that you are able to provide and can go back the LFS and get him. Good luck.

bcart1 03-10-2011 07:59 PM

So my fish are in great shape and are a little over half an inch long. Unfortunately, I have to go out of town for 10 days and there is no way to get a "sitter". So is there any method for feeding that would work. They have been eating pretty much only blood worms (and possible a couple ghost shrimp but I'm not sure). I had planned on feeding them snails, but they did reproduce fast enough. I am planning on giving the tank a good cleaning and water change before I leave.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Is it possible for them to make it 10 days with out food? Will they eat ghost shrimp with all other options gone?

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