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Old 02-06-2004, 04:08 PM   #1
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Well, nobody paid much attention to it in the photo gallery so I thought maybe you guys would have more to say. If you like it or if you think it sucks, please comment. I'm still new and trying to learn, so all constructive criticism is appreciated

Please go to my site and click on the "Aquarium" link on the left side of the page for tank specs as well as pics: http://www.jeremyread.net
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Old 02-06-2004, 04:41 PM   #2
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I think it looks great.
For a tank as heavily planted as yours, I think you have a pretty nice and interesting population of fish and shrimp. Heck, I would even add three more Amano just to round out the number—and because shrimp are so friggin' cool.
The only problem is that your Glosso looks like it is being denied some of the light it needs to carpet by the taller stem plants (I prefer smaller growers in smaller tanks, but that's just me). All your plants look quite healthy. Good job.
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Old 02-06-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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I think it looks great.
For a tank as heavily planted as yours, I think you have a pretty nice and interesting population of fish and shrimp. Heck, I would even add three more Amano just to round out the number—and because shrimp are so friggin' cool.
The only problem is that your Glosso looks like it is being denied some of the light it needs to carpet by the taller stem plants (I prefer smaller growers in smaller tanks, but that's just me). All your plants look quite healthy. Good job.
Thanks for your reply

You're right about the glosso... it's just not doing well in my tank due to the MTS uprooting it as well as it not getting enough light or CO2. I'm hoping that some of it will last until I get my pressurized CO2 system finished, and maybe it will do better then. If not, I will just have to replace it with something else.

I guess it's all about trial and error.
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Old 02-06-2004, 05:41 PM   #4
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Jeremy,

How long have you had this tank running? You have a lot of plants and fish in there, how often do you do maintence work? The plant growth looks good.

On a side note, I guess you like the dwarf puffers. Do you have any experiences you'd like to share? I'm considering get a couple for a 4 gallon that I'm setting up.

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Old 02-06-2004, 06:39 PM   #5
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Tony,

The tank is a little over a month old. The only maintenance I do is cleaning out any floating leaves/removing dead ones, a little pruning here and there with scissors, daily doses of Flourish Excel as well as a 20% water change every week. My ottos and amano shrimp do all the cleanup work as far as algae and uneaten food

The reason it is so densely planted is because of the puffers. They require dense vegetation to establish territories, as well as lots of plants to break their line of sight.. this cuts down on their aggression to one another. It's also good for them to have a complex environment because of their explorative and curious nature.

The puffers are wonderful, though! I wouldn't be nearly as happy with any other kind of fish. They have so much personality and are quite intelligent, not to mention absolutely adorable
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Old 02-06-2004, 07:09 PM   #6
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Your tank looks good jeremy, you may want to consider larger or more frequent water changes in the near future. The tank is only a month old it is still getting itself adjusted. Smaller tanks can turn on ya real quick with algae, keep the water fresh and the transition should be smooth.
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Your tank looks good jeremy, you may want to consider larger or more frequent water changes in the near future. The tank is only a month old it is still getting itself adjusted. Smaller tanks can turn on ya real quick with algae, keep the water fresh and the transition should be smooth.
What size water changes do you suggest?

Someone was recommending to me 50% weekly water changes for the puffers, but I felt that would be catastrophic to a planted tank.
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I would worry about the puffers making a meal of the shrimp though. My dwarfs eat ghost shrimp which aren't much smaller than amanos.
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I would worry about the puffers making a meal of the shrimp though. My dwarfs eat ghost shrimp which aren't much smaller than amanos.
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I was worried as well but I've heard of other people keeping amanos and dwarves together so I tried it. So far, no problems at all.
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I was going to ask about your experience with the shrimp and the puffers, have they paid any attention to the shrimp at all?.

I have a planted 5g with 2 dwarfs in it and I love my puffers.
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I was going to ask about your experience with the shrimp and the puffers, have they paid any attention to the shrimp at all?.

I have a planted 5g with 2 dwarfs in it and I love my puffers.
No, the puffers dont even notice the shrimp I'm glad, too, because the shrimp do an excellent job of cleaning up after them!

I love my puffers too
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Threw some ghost shrimp in there last night, the puffers havnt touched them and they are already a hard at work clean up crew
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I reckon it has a lot more to do with what they are used to for food. I feed mine "reef mush" with a bit of add krill. ONce a week, they get live food (clams, ghost shrimp, crayfish, feeder guppies, etc). My dwarf puffer is still at about 4 inches after 3 years, but on a smaller feeding schedule than most. (every other day).

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My dwarf puffer is still at about 4 inches after 3 years, but on a smaller feeding schedule than most. (every other day).

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Ray, did you say that your dwarf puffer is 3 inches? I heard that they only grow to 1-2 inches. Any chance it could be a Figure 8 Puffer?

Does anyone else have dwarf puffers this large?

I'm still debating putting one or two dwarf puffers in a 4 gallon.

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Tony,

I think a lot of people are successfully keeping a few puffers in tanks in 2.5-5 gallon tanks. I've seen 3-4 in a 3 gallon eclipse tank, coexisting very peacefully. If the tank is pretty densely planted, it definitely helps with the number you can put in.

And yes, it sounds like Ray is talking about different fish. Dwarf puffers don't get a lot larger than an inch.
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