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20 Long Dwarf Puffer

Always wanted dwarf puffers, and now my tank is almost done with the dry start. Figured I'd start a journal

MGOCPM with red clay mixed in capped by black blasting coal slag
Lighting - 2 8 1/2" dome lights with cfl bulbs right now 23 watts for the dry start going lower once I flood it
Eheim 2215 filter
Eheim jager 100 watt heater

critters..
Dwarf puffers of course!
Kuhli loaches for a clean up crew
I am going to try some nerite snails, I have heard dwarf puffers can't eat them.
German Blue Rams, anyone house these with DP? Would like to try a pair in there but unless ya'll say it's okay I'll pass.
Culled red cherry shrimp I don't care if they're eaten they're culls

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Water wisteria
Alternanthera reineckii
Micro swords
Pygmy chain swords
Brazilian pennywort
Florida sunset crypts
Random crypts, probably wendtii not sure lol
Crypt "short red" is what the guy called some
Will be putting some corkscrew vals, and Nymphaea daubenyana (red lillies) in after I flood the tank
Some moss I've found outside...Not sure if it's aquatic but imma find out.
Hygrophila corymbosa Kompakt...Wasn't doing well in my 55, so tossed it in here, does great dry starting, hope to keep it alive after flooding but not hopeful.

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Dwarf puffers + GBR = dwarf puffers.

That equation holds true for pretty much anything else.

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Unless you keep them with something else that's scrappy. I had success in keep them with different barbs.

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Kinda figured, that's why I was going with loaches. Pretty much hide in a cave all day and come out at night. Hopefully they work, but if they don't, they can join the others in my 55 gallon.

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If you have a dark substrate it won't be a problem. That'll give the loaches some concealment from the puffers. Ottos work well with DP's

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Kinda figured, that's why I was going with loaches. Pretty much hide in a cave all day and come out at night. Hopefully they work, but if they don't, they can join the others in my 55 gallon.
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I think it depends where you get your puffers. I have 8 dwarf puffers in a 40 with cherry shrimp, ottos and amano shrimp. The shrimp breed and the babies survive. I even saw an amano chase a dwarf puffer away from some food a few times. Either way, dwarf puffers are fun all by themselves.
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Yep out of all the fish I keep my DP is my favorite
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True, dwarf puffers can't really eat nerites but they may stress them to death. I kept a few zebra nerites with dwarf puffers a few years ago. They had little bites taken out of them all around their fringes and ended up staying inside their shells in one place.
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True, dwarf puffers can't really eat nerites but they may stress them to death. I kept a few zebra nerites with dwarf puffers a few years ago. They had little bites taken out of them all around their fringes and ended up staying inside their shells in one place.
Thanks for that information. I will make sure to keep an eye on them, and if they seem to be nibbled on or stressed I will toss them into my shrimp tank.

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I have 2 bumblebee gobies, 3 guppies, and an oto in with my dwarf puffers in a 15 gal column tank. So far no signs of aggression except from the guppies. There are some fry in the tank from the guppies and I was hoping the fry would supplement the puffers and gobies in between black worm feeding but they are all still there to my best count. My nerites didn't fare so well. All have been harassed and flipped over and haven't moved in a while. It is a tenuous balance in the rest of the tank. All is well right now but I have heard many stories about puffers getting along with their tank mates for a long time and then one day a switch is flipped and fish get nipped to death. I have been keeping a close eye on the situation.

Love your tank. It looks like a solid start and the puffers will love all the places to explore.


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