Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: "Swamptown", SC
In dealing with puffers, it is a coin toss, some can be very nice, others can be very mean...like betta's it just depends on the individual fish. As a species however, the dwarf puffers aren't generally mean as long as they have enough food. If there are enough snails in the tank to keep them busy, generally (in my experience) they're ok. However, they are territorial with their own kind. I had 2 in a 29 gallon and they still could be nasty once in a while. Basically, do as we all have been saying, plant heavily and you should be fine. Past that, the Giant Hygro might get a little too big and be a pain to trim constantly. What about other crypts? Wendtii (green, bronze, red) are pretty tolerant of conditions. Java fern and anubis would be good attached to the driftwood, just like the java moss will be. Corkscrew val doesn't get as big as many of the others, that would lend you a very intersting plant to have.
As far as aquascaping, usually the tallest plants go to the back, the next in the midground, and the shortest in the foreground. Place the driftwood in such a way that it doesn't draw all the attention, but draws some of it. Set it off center or something... I could go on about aquascaping but there are some pretty good pictures of aquascapes that are on this forum, look around to get a good idea of what you want to make and then create it as your own...
Oh and the hazieness just might be the flourite dust or (more than likely) it is the bacteria trying to colonize in the tank...Happy Scaping and Merry Christmas...