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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-26-2015, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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New Puffer Tank

I have the Fluval EBI, but I'm planning to use it as a dwarf puffer tank.
8 gallon fluval EBI
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Fluval 13W 6500K

i plan on getting 2 females preferably. I have some ideas as for scapes which I'll post bellow but I'm not sure. As the fluval light grows nice plants but not good enough for a carpet plant, so I'm thinking maybe microsword. Not sure which rock either would look nice. Probably seiryu stone.

I'm open to suggestions for plants! Also how much do you guys think I should dose exel?

I think I like this scape the most. But I would have to spend a lot on stones and a nice piece of driftwood. I might have to adjust it and have more caves or hiding spots at the back with lots of plants so no aggression.


I really like this too, but it might be to hard to use sand and the other substrate. Also I'm not sure where I could get branches like that without it getting that white fungus on it. Woild also have to adjust the plants.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-26-2015, 05:22 PM
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Puffers like established tanks, plan to have a wait period from the time you start to allow the tank to cycle completely. IME that white fungus happens about a week after you add the driftwood. The best way I found to fight this was with Siamese algae eaters, they love that white algae. Spot treatment with excel would probably work but I haven't tried it with white fungus/algae. As far as aggression goes, since it seems like you're not looking for tall plants, go with tall hardscapes. You want to reduce the line of sight as much as possible.
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Puffers like established tanks, plan to have a wait period from the time you start to allow the tank to cycle completely. IME that white fungus happens about a week after you add the driftwood. The best way I found to fight this was with Siamese algae eaters, they love that white algae. Spot treatment with excel would probably work but I haven't tried it with white fungus/algae. As far as aggression goes, since it seems like you're not looking for tall plants, go with tall hardscapes. You want to reduce the line of sight as much as possible.
That's great I have a SAE. Also the tank has been up and running for months now. I will just be rescaping and will test the water!

Do you know if I have to peel of the bark for any wood I find? Also, I actually was hoping to get at least in one corner some type of thick plant and some others so the puffers can hide and explore.
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Puffers don't mind a change of scenery every once in awhile, so it is ok if you want to change your mind down the road. The forest look is good. I am a personal fan of that. Maybe some tall plants instead of "trunks" like tall draceana brouni might be easier or mangroves would look nice.
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Puffers don't mind a change of scenery every once in awhile, so it is ok if you want to change your mind down the road. The forest look is good. I am a personal fan of that. Maybe some tall plants instead of "trunks" like tall draceana brouni might be easier or mangroves would look nice.
Hello to a fellow Ontario Fish keeper! Haha, I as well am fond of this scape. But I'm not sure which plants to use. The ones in the picture I can't get ahold of.
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Hello to a fellow Ontario Fish keeper! Haha, I as well am fond of this scape. But I'm not sure which plants to use. The ones in the picture I can't get ahold of.
Oh! That is neat. I am in London ontario.

I Hope your puffer tank will be lots of fun and you can get the plants you need.
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Oh! That is neat. I am in London ontario.

I Hope your puffer tank will be lots of fun and you can get the plants you need.
I'm in Kitchener Waterloo sister living in London. Thanks so much!
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Wow! That is close. Have you checked any lfs's in london if they have the plants you need? It seems there is a pretty big selection, But I am definitely no plant expert.
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Wow! That is close. Have you checked any lfs's in london if they have the plants you need? It seems there is a pretty big selection, But I am definitely no plant expert.
Which stores were you thinking? Maybe I will! The only ones I go to in Kitchener are Aquariums by design, big als and petsmart.
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There is pet paradise other than Big Al's and petsmart.
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