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Just picked up 7 of these little guys tonight...about the size of peas. Now I've kept them before over the years but never in all that time have I actually seen one of them puff up. I've seen bigger puffers do it but never the dwarf puffers...my question is has anyone? Oh and they are currently being housed in a divided off section of a 20 gallon tank before I break them off into two or three seperate breeding groups.
 

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A five gallon would easily handle 3 or 4 dwarf puffers. Keep the water current light as they are generally poor swimmers. They don't readily accept flake food either so I feed mine frozen blood worms and small snails on occasion. They are easiest to keep in their own tank but some fish are ok with them. You would want something small enough that it wouldnt bother the puffers and fast enough that it could dodge them trying to give it a nip...neons would do fine. You might get a nipped fin every once in a while but thats about it. But the puffers are interesting enough that I prefer to keep them seperated from other fish. As far as agression amongst the dwarf puffers its mostly the males that fight over territory. Females will actually form a loose school in a tank. Once territories have been established males will rarely bother each other until spawning, at which time they may hurt each other pretty badly. They are relatively easy to sex though so it would be possible to get one male and a trio females and largely avoid the puffer vs puffer fighting.
 

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Mine ravage any small snails I put into their tank. The life expectancy of a malaysian trumpet snail added to my puffer tank is less than 2 minutes. The only thing they eat quicker is the blood worms. They also accept brine shrimp though not very eagerly.
 
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