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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.
 

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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.

 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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Thanx for stopping by Blue.

Actually, I got into Guppies because I wanted feeders for my Koi. I had 6, one died, and three were given away to a neighbor with a pond. They got so big, so fast from feeding on Guppies, I ran out of room in the 80 gallon tank, which, was used as a Vivarium. Once I got the 140 gallon tank, i moved the remaining two over to it. The pair (Male/Female) are 2.75 and 3.25 feet long in only three years!

I moved the puffer over to the guppie/hospital tank after it started nipping the tails off my Comets and Koi. Little S.O.B. !!! I swear it was on its way to the Fish Store when I discovered it liked to eat guppies... ...then suddenly, I sort of bonded with the hateful little thing.

If I could only rid myself of the Fire-mouthed Cichlids I have, I'd move my Freshwater Dolphin from the 80 gallon to the 140 gallon. I'd like to take some pictures of it playing with my hand. It loves to be petted! It playfully nibbles on my fingertips, and when I cup my hand under water, it will come and sit in it wiggling all the while...

Word of advice to those who get fire-mouths, if they breed and none of the other fish will eat the fry, catch them, and freeze them. They breed like cockroaches and make your community tank a living nightmare!
 

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Oh, go on, CJ.

You can survive without your firemouths hobbling in your tank.
 

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That little voice that keeps saying "Flush 'em, flush 'em, flush 'em."

They are so quick, if only I could "Catch 'em, catch 'em, catch 'em, catch 'em..."
 

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CJ! You can't just flush them!:blink:
I'd throw them to the lfs tank.
 

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Thanx for the photography comments.

I had to do some post work in Photoshop because of lighting issues, and I just can't seem to get the buggers to hold still.

I have a faster camera coming on Tuesday. A Canon Powershot S3 IS 6Mp. Maybe I won't need to do so much post work for aquariums now?
 
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