Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Denver, CO & Phang-Nga, Thailand
One tip I was given about puffers turned out to be true:
be sure there are lots of visual barriers in the tank, so that each puffer can have a little area that is 'theirs' and not have eye contact with others. They really do seem to need this.
When first got my puffers, the tank wasn't grown in enough and one of them finally settled into a tiny little crevice behind the filter intake - just to get some privacy!
now I have a bunch of hygro with broad leaves in the center of the tank, so there are tons of places where they can get some privacy.
they are amazing little fish. you might consider starting up a snail factory like I did - a 2.5g tank from PetCo and you have 80% of their food taken care of.
"The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods." — Socrates