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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Decided to go with the dwarf puffers in my planted tank. Hopefully will go get some this weekend if my tank is cycled (need to test the water).

I know this limits my algae control but I'm going to give it a shot anyway. From what I've read, dwarves will sometimes leave ghost shrimp alone, and others have observed them attacking and killing ghost shrimp. Guess I will try it out.

Got some Malaysian Trumpet Snails today. I think they'll be ok since they bury themselves in the substrate during the day and only come out at night. They have harder shells and I don't know if the puffers could kill them or not. I am going to get some regular pond snails going in a jar or something, though, since they're important for the puffers' diet.

Can't wait to get the little guys! I know most people go with community fish in planted tanks, and I still may do that, but for now I want to try the puffers out. I don't really like tetras (I think they're ugly and their "twitchin" irritates me for some reason).

Realy good site about dwarves, although his english isn't so great: http://www.rr.iij4u.or.jp/~kohda/en/en-dwarfpuffer.htm
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If you don't like "twitchy" fish, you should try observing some Rams. They are very pretty FW fish and oh so graceful. When they move it's like they move because they have a purpose. They know exactly where they want to go and they get there and then they stop on a dime. Very graceful fish.

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I have 2 dwarf puffers in my 93 gallon planted community. They've been in my tank for about 2 weeks now and are the newest additions. I have yet to see either of them harrass the other fish, though they do chase each other around.

Be sure to keep plenty of pond snails in the tank. After two weeks, my tank substrate is littered with snail shells. I'm not sure how large your tank is, but I believe my tank is large enough to provide the puffers with a constant source of live food.

In terms of behavior, these guys will not dissapoint you . Up until just this week, they've been pretty shy. Now, however, I see them hovering around the front of the tank, usually in the left corner. At night, as soon as the lights go off, the two usually meet in the middle forefront of the tank. They circle around each other very slowly, always keeping one eye on each other. They do chase each other around, but I've yet to see injuries on either of them.
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does either of them have a dark line along the side?

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I have 2 dwarf puffers in my 93 gallon planted community. They've been in my tank for about 2 weeks now and are the newest additions. I have yet to see either of them harrass the other fish, though they do chase each other around.

Be sure to keep plenty of pond snails in the tank. After two weeks, my tank substrate is littered with snail shells. I'm not sure how large your tank is, but I believe my tank is large enough to provide the puffers with a constant source of live food.

In terms of behavior, these guys will not dissapoint you . Up until just this week, they've been pretty shy. Now, however, I see them hovering around the front of the tank, usually in the left corner. At night, as soon as the lights go off, the two usually meet in the middle forefront of the tank. They circle around each other very slowly, always keeping one eye on each other. They do chase each other around, but I've yet to see injuries on either of them.
Yes, I've gotta get my snail population going. Right now I just have a few Malaysian Trumpet Snails, but they're beneficial and I don't want them to all get eaten

Sounds to me like your two dwarves are both males based on the behavior you described.
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yup, thats where I was headed...

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So a stripe means it's a male? In that case, I think I got two females .
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yea, MTS are not good for pufferfish. Try to get all the MTS out of the puffer tank asap. There shail is too hard, and can break the beek of the puffer, causing bad injurys. Take them out.
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I may have worded that incorrectly, the stripe is underneath the belly, but is less visible in young ones.

Here I found a picture online for you



Might also wanna catch this link for less "yeay puffers are great" info...
http://fish.orbust.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6919

Still think I'm gonna get me some once the fry are gone...
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