i did something i dont normally do today. i bought some fish i knew nothing about. mostly because they were 1.75 a piece. i got 5 "dwarf puffers." they look like a marine boxfish or puffer, they are about an inch long, and really fun to watch. they go up to leaves, and stare really closely, apparently looking for some critter moving around to eat. they arent eating algae, arent chasing the baby guppies around, and dont care much about flake food. i am not sure what to feed them. brine shrimp or some other live food is not really a possibility, because the gupies and baloon bellied molies would eat it all first anyway.
the one thing they really like are snails. they can suck really hard through their mouths, and they really are terrorizing the snail population of my tank. two or three will gather around a snail and wait for it to move, then as soon as it does, peck at its antenna and head till it hides. this goes on untill the snail dies.
right now, i think they are getting enough to eat, but what happens when they run out of snail antanne and heads and eyeballs? ( i dont think tthey can get the guts out)
90g planted tank & 55 g planted tank/sump, with opposing 12 hr photoperiods.
Filter: DIY rapid sand filter w/ 5 liters Eheim effisubstrat and 50 pounds of corse filter sand, 600 gph pump. dump returns.
Substrate: Gravel and laterite substrates, capped with Flourite and home depot sand.
Lighting: 6.7 watts/gallon on top
(2x175) of 10,000k MH, (2x128) ODNO GE P&A
3 watts/gal on bottom
(4x40) triton t-8 flourscent
Fertilization: Seachem liquid fertilization (iron and comprehensive), Tetra initial sticks
CO2: DIY 14 liter yeast (seven bottles connected to a gang valve)
400 gph reactor (gravel vacuum tube filled with bio-bale and a powerhead on top)