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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-09-2008, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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5.5 gallon AGA (*PICS*)

Today I decided to swap out my 5 gallon hex for a 5.5 gallon AGA. I'm using a base of mature eco-complete topped with inert fine gravel for substrate. I'm using a 27W full-spectrum desk lamp, dosing EI, CO2, and daily excel (small doses of course ) I'm still not positive what direction I'm going with this, but I'm leaning towards a dwarf puffer. I've already got about 100 snails left over from the hex, so he'll have plenty to eat. I'm not positive about the DP though. Can anyone recommend any "nano fish" from their own experiences? Input, suggestions and comments are MUCH appreciated. Thanks for looking!

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Soooooooo....... Nothing? Can anyone recommend any "nano fish" from their own experiences?
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I think it depends what you're after. There's a Nano-fish list somewhere on here.

For my next tank I'm going to be looking at Pea-puffers. But i haven't had one yet. In all my nanos previously, I've just kept some ghost shrimp and pygmy cories. I'm looking at Micro-rasboras or Scarlet Badis (Dario Dario) for my current 5.5 though.

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I have some nano fish that I could recommend, but I stopped the instant I saw that you'll have a puffer in the tank. I have no idea what fish can or cannot go with a puffer.

My favorite nano fish are my microrasporas. I have Boraras maculatus which have proven to be very hardy and a beautiful rich color. I've also heard good things about Boraras brigittae. I'm also very happy with my dwarf/chain loaches, but they'd be too big for your tank even as a dwarf.

I also have pygmy cories and I like them, but they are actually so small, I can only see them if they're shaking their little bodies while foraging. I've also had a few die out for no reason so they seem to not be as hardy.

Still, I have no idea if any of these will do okay with a puffer or not.

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I found peppered cory catfish to be pretty hardy in a nano. I had one survive 9 years in a filtered fish bowl with 50% weekly water changes. The tank was at work and there were times that water changes were missed but it never effected him.

Endler's live bearers, amano shrimp, and whitecloud minnows are good candidates for nanos, and IME pretty hardy.
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Thanks for the responses all! Vicki I'm not keeping them with the puffer. Its puffer or nanofish. I'm unsure about the nano fish and wanted to hear peoples' experiences with them, not just what people have read but actual experiences (much like what you provided ) Does anyone know anywhere to obtain the boraras maculatus? I've looked at franks but the S+H is $35. I'd prefer not to spend that if possible. Any chance someone would have them on the swap n' shop? Would 6 maculatus plus a pygmy cory be too much for the 5.5? Also, how hardy are the micros?
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Ember Tetras with some shrimp would make a nice little tank imo. If you can find them that is.


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mikeb: DPs are pretty darn cool if you're still considering one. They have lots of personality and learn when you are anywhere remotely near the tank they can beg for food. You'll want to have a tank with a renewable snail source for feeding if possible. I didn't see anything about a heater... They like it a little on the warm side.
Looks like a great start though. Dunno how I missed this one the first time.


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microrasbora maculatus or sparkling gouramis I have both and they are hardy and colorful.

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Go for the single puffer. Schooling fish need more space than a 5.5g can provide. Ember tetras would not be happy in a 5g tank. Peppered cories for sure wouldn't be.

Dwarf cories would be happier in a larger tank IME.

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I'm really leaning in the direction of the puffer. I have around 100 snails in this 5.5 gal. How long will they last? I only have one other tank and there are only a few in there for now. Does my tank look to be planted enough for a dp? I've read that they need a well planted tank to break up their line of sight. MrJG - I have a heater in the tank, behind the piece of wood. I've got it set around 79 for now. That should be warm enough right? Thanks for all the responses!

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What kind of snails you got? MTS might not be a good choice of food, since DP's can't get to the bigger ones (tough shell).

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mikeb: as long as you keep a snail population going in another tank its no big deal. Just take out 5-6 every few days as they get bigger and feed them to the puffer. I feed mine 100% pond snails (or at least thats what I think there are in there who knows). I tend to feed the CRS tank well because I'm trying to get them to breed and the snails eat any excess food left from a feeding which keeps the population going fairly strong. Move as many as you can to your other tank if you don't mind them in there. It wouldn't take long for a DP to run through 100. Another thing too... as far as being able to break the snail shells. They would have to be uber-small for a DP to actually eat the shells. Mine usually stalks, grabs them by the foot, and eats the insides out of the shells. Shell removal becomes part of the maintenance schedule, which I've only recently found is super easy by using a small piece of airline tubing as a siphon.

79-80 is plenty warm for a DP. And don't worry too much about line of sight, thats mainly to curb aggression when you have multiple males in a tank. If you stick with only 1 you'll be fine.. I think 1 per 5 gallons is recommended however mine seems to be cool alone in a 2.5 You do want to have lots of interesting spots for the puffer to hunt in. If they get bored they pace the glass which is a sign that they need more visually interesting surroundings. It should always be lurking about with its eyes swiveling around looking for the next meal.


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i actually have 2 dwarf puffers in my 5 gallon eclipse mildly planted. Had them for abotu a year now with no problems. They are funny evil critters tow atch when they hunt/play with the snails.

i feed them blood worms as well as fish out snails from my rcs/crs tank.
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Just looking at this tank, what would look better in there? A dp or a few tiny fish?
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