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I currently have 3 platies in a 10 gallon tank that I am giving to a friend tomorrow.
I want to get a dwarf puffer or two for the 10 gallon. Do I have to do anything to clean the tank between fish? I will do a water change but should I vigorously clean the gravel or anything? It may be a stupid question but I was thinking about it earlier... The tank is cycled and everything. According to my research the tank conditions are good for a dwarf puffer.
AND are Figure eight puffers freshwater or brackish?
I would just do the water change if you are not putting the dwarf puffer the same day you will want to add a pinch of food to keep the bacteria from dieing.
Agree. And to answer your question on the figure 8 puffer, this comes from Matt Ford, a biologist. This fish attains over 3 inches, so one in a 10g is going to be really pushing it, and any more needs a much larger space.
Best kept in a heavily-planted setup with twisted roots and branches to provide additional cover, although soft-leaved plants may be chewed by the fish. Leave some open spaces in between for swimming, as this is an active species. The use of a sandy substrate and floating plants to diffuse the light is also recommended. This species is very sensitive to deteriorating water conditions, so regular partial water changes are a must. Although it's often considered a true freshwater species, it tends to be more long-lived with the addition of marine salt to a sg of around 1.005 in aquaria. It can also be maintained in freshwater, however.
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