I wanted a Dwarf Puffer tank years ago and started to buy equipment, but my living conditions changed and I had to put my dreams on hold. Recently I moved again and I can now have an aquarium. Time to raid the storage locker.
I am in the planning and design stage of creating an Indian Dwarf Puffer tank. I am planning a heavily planted environment using a highly engineered aquascape. It will be 30g-55g. I am planning on a solid back wall with plants, caves and branches. I will be using full column structures in the mid and fore-ground. My priority will be 'happy puffer habitat'>'ascetically pleasing for humans to ogle'.
I am considering using an engineered dirt substrate capped with PFS. I also want plants growing on branches and raised growing platforms. (I don't think I'll use dirt on the raised platforms).
As long as it doesn't hurt my puffer fish I'm thinking of using med/high lighting, with CO2 and ferts if necessary. Any suggestions in this area will be appreciated. The optimal PH seems to be around 7, +1 or -1.
Once I plan and build my aquascape I will try to find plants that will accentuate the design and vision. I will then start the aquarium with plants and introduce shrimp and ottocats once cycled. When everything is stable I will add the Dwarf Puffers.
I will have a secondary tank breeding snails as puffer food, and if the puffers decide to eat the shrimp I will try to breed shrimp as well. I will have a smaller 10g tank to quarantine new plants and fish.
I'll post pictures when I gather my equipment and as I make progress.
Wanna Puff (er fish)