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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-09-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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First off let me start out this post with this...Dwarf Puffers are @holes! Mod edit that if it's too much lol, but I'm serious! I got my puffers a couple of weeks ago and have been fighting with them ever since. They eat snails no problem, blood worms we have a problem....The problem isn't that they don't like them, or won't eat them, it's that they run each other off trying to keep the all to themselves lol. I grab a worm or 2 and use my tongs to hold it, one will come up and just as he is about to bite, another will dart from across the tank and run it off. Blood worm falls to the substrate to rot and pollute the tank...

Well today that changed! I only tossed a few snails in the tank yesterday, and didn't give them many worms. This morning when the lights came on, they were all lined up at the front of the tank waiting..Not paying attention, I went about working on my CO2 regulator, then I noticed I had an audience watching my every move. If i walked past the tank they would swim and follow me. All 6 of them.

6!!! I had thought 1 died after the first day for 2 weeks I have only been able to count 5 at a time never 6. Today the hungry lil buggers all came out See why I call them @holes? lol Anyhow I just wanted to share my time with the lil fellows and tell anyone who is thinking of starting a Dwarf Puffer tank...DO IT! These guys are soooo amusing all this aggression in that tiny little body. The unique way they hunt, the way I can sit there for 10 minutes looking right at one and never see it till it wants to be seen, and most of all the way they interact with me now.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, sorry about such a long post about something so simple, but I am just extremely happy with my lil @holes

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It's a 20 long heavily planted.

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Great read haha. Thanks
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I love dwarf puffers, they look so cool lol
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Hmmm, I have a vacant ebi... maybe I'll look into the dwarf puffers. I like fish with character.
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Very cool. Im actually in the process of cycling a 20 tall for a dwarf puffer. I planned on possibly getting two but ive heard theyre too aggressive. BUT you have 6 soooo...

What other tank mates can you keep with a dwarf puffer ?

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Very cool. Im actually in the process of cycling a 20 tall for a dwarf puffer. I planned on possibly getting two but ive heard theyre too aggressive. BUT you have 6 soooo...

What other tank mates can you keep with a dwarf puffer ?
Yeah I've got 2 ten gallons and extra filters just in case they get too crazy >.>

I've heard Ottos are safe with them, also Kuhli loaches, I've also heard of them being in a community tank. Personally I have cherry shrimp in there and they leave them alone. Not sure how long that will go on for though lol. I think the only fish I'd really try with them would be them would be the Ottos.

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Yeah I've got 2 ten gallons and extra filters just in case they get too crazy >.>

I've heard Ottos are safe with them, also Kuhli loaches, I've also heard of them being in a community tank. Personally I have cherry shrimp in there and they leave them alone. Not sure how long that will go on for though lol. I think the only fish I'd really try with them would be them would be the Ottos.
ok thanks. I was halfway considering about 6 blue neons (im a blue neon freak, have 30+ of them in my dirted 75g) I figured where they school together and are pretty quick that the puffer might not bother them.

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I love these little guys, such personality! Here is the first time my puffer had live food. He already had the kill down to a science!


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I had a 10 gallon with 3 of them, 6 otos and about a dozen cherry shrimp in it for nearly 3 years before I had to take the tank down and give them to a friend when I moved.

I never had that issue that you are having, but I had all female puffers. Mine never paid any attention to the shrimp or the otos, the shrimp would even take food from my puffers sometimes.

The way I would feed bloodworms is I bought this cone with holes in it that had a suction cup on it and it stuck to the side of the tank. The puffers, and my cherry shrimp, would all come to the top and feed from it during feeding time.
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I had one female with a CAE for several years. Great combination. They were in a 15 gal. I tried to keep 3 puffers but 2 would always pair up and killed the 3rd. I finally got a pair for a couple of years but then her chosen mate died and I did not want to go through the pain of finding her another compatible partner. She therefore lived alone with the CAE. They never had an issue with each other. The CAE came from my 46 gal tank because he was aggressive and attacked other fish. The dwarf puffer was too small to latch onto and had a nasty bite so they respected each other and there also was no competition for food. I can see otos working well. I don't know about shrimp. I guess that depends on the puffer and how well fed he is. I would not add a puffer to a shrimp tank unless I wanted him for population control. I was upset when she finally passed away. One of my favorite little fishes. Now I want one again.
Mr.Ribo, RCS don't live that long (1 1/2 years tops) if you had them for 3 years, they were breeding. Which makes me think your puffers have been snacking on them the entire time. 12 RCS would amount to about 1000 in a 3 year period if I let mine breed. I usually keep males in one tank, females in another unless I want them to breed at which time I add a couple of females to the males tank and once berried they go into a rearing tank. RCS birth control.

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Yeah the cherry shrimp I tossed in were culls, and I only tossed them in there as a clean up crew. Puffers are messy lil suckers, never eat the whole snail just enough to kill it and rot in the tank lol. I have been surprised at how well they are working out together with have 6 in such a small tank, but the tank I heavily planted, plus they are rather small right now I may have problems later on, hope not but time will tell
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I picked up a trio for my tank a week ago and they've quickly become my favorite fish of all.
So cool and so small! Perfect nano fish. This is my first tank in a very long time (couple decades) and these weren't around back then so was unfamiliar with them.

I can't really get them to hit frozen bloodworms (at least that I can see) so I grabbed some live blackworms last night and they truly went to town!

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