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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-10-2020, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Dwarf puffer flow question

Hey folks, I'm planning on buying the Waterbox Clear 3620, which is 36x20x18, the tank will be a heavily planted dwarf puffer species only biotope. I know these guys are messy and am planning to over-do the filtration, my plan right now is a Fluval FX4 but I'm concerned the flow will be too much for the puffers so I'd like some opinions on that. If it is too much flow, what would be a better choice for a canister filter?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2020, 03:32 PM
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I can't really answer your question as I have an aquaclear 30 on my pea puffer tank. It does move the water quite a bit and they avoid the area most of the time but when they do go directly into the flow, they don't seem stressed. Be prepared for a ton of fun. My puffers are the most personable fish I have. Man they are so danged cute!
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Which Dwarf Puffer are you going to keep? I have personally collected wild carinotetraodon travancoricus and a few other types for my personal tank. In the wild they are schooling fish. I have consistently seen them in groups of 30- 40 individuals for this particular species.

The biotope was Sandy river bottom with interspersed river rocks. the water flow was strong, but these fish would hang out in the relatively calmer region of the water but also swim in the current for short duration. There was lots of lagenandra toxicaria plants and an other type of grass(not vallisneria) that I cannot remember. There was lots of Loaches and hill stream catfish, hill stream loaches in the same location.
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Probably just the standard Carinotetraodon travancoricus, easy to get and easy to keep. That info is great! It's definitely going to help me with the tank setup. Sounds like flow might not be a huge issue as long as there's plenty of places to escape it.

I've been reading space requirements are anywhere from 5-10 gallons per puffer, does that sound about right?

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The rivers these fish inhabit are basically white water rivers during the rainy season. Very strong water flow. TDS below 100 and cool water temperatures. During summer these rivers partially get dry and can form pools with leaf litter. I would keep the ratio of 1 fish per 3-4 gallons of water. You can have 12 to 15 in your tank.
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I'm not sure how big the tank is, but I have a FX4 on a 55 gallon tank and the flow isn't that strong. The box makes it seem like the flow is really strong and massive overkill for my tank, but it's not. I would have bought the FX6 if I knew this in advanced, but the FX4 is still a great filter for dirty fish.
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Perfect, that's great to hear. I think I'll give it a go, worst case scenario I have an excuse to upgrade the tank later.

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