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post #1 of 2 Old 01-29-2015, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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I have 3 dwarf puffers. Originally when I first got them last November (2014) I had them in a 29 gallon tank with some other fish - a few guppies, 2 rasboras, 2 bumblebee gobys, a crayfish and a male beta. I was keeping an close eye on them with the Beta because I was warned that they may nip at any long fins on the other fish. For about 2 months they were fine, then at the beginning of January they started to nip at my beta fish. I isolated my beta using a breeding tank within the same 29 gallon tank until I found a more permanent solution. I ended up buying a second tank, a ten gallon. This is just for the three dwarf puffers, the only other fish is a rubber-lipped Pleco. I think I did all the right things setting up the tank. It's planted and ran for several days with the filter and at the correct temperature before guppies we're added. I left the guppies in there for several more days, then introduced the puffers and removed the guppies after I had the water tested. The water was safe. I captured my puffers and let the bag sit in the new, smaller tank for about15 minutes before releasing them. It's been since Sunday - so 4 days- and I have not witnessed them eat anything at all. I've tried snails and defrosted blodlod worms, which is primarily what they ate before they were moved. They also swim very quickly now sometimes, like they are scared. I don't understand why they aren't getting comfortable in the tank and why they aren't eating. Any advice would be appreciated, I don't want them to starve.
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-29-2015, 10:27 PM
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Sorry to hear you're having trouble with your puffers. :(
How densely planted is the tank?
Puffers can be very nervous fish, try to leave snails in the tank, they may eat during the night time. Fish can go a pretty long time before they starve though so it's not too serious yet.
When your puffers swim do they keep their tails curled up to their sides a lot or do they stretch their tails out?

taking a break from fish-keeping.
3 lovely male betta still keep me company.
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