If everything is working, why are you in such a hurry to change it?
Well, to be honest, as much as I enjoy overstocking my own fish tanks, this one feels *way* too overstocked. I thought that Pea Puffers needed to be in larger, almost species only tanks to survive. Although they could be kept together if tall plants blocked them from seeing each other.
These two are like bros. Not really, it's a male and a female (as far as I can tell) but they swim around together, separately and I haven't seen any problems. Although this morning the smaller puffer didn't look like it was doing too well but it was in a part of the tank I couldn't get to with the net. After an hour of the lights being on it perked up.
I guess I see this tank as either being a Pea Puffer tank (for a solitary puffer) or a shrimp only tank - whichever makes it. But the shrimp are doing so well and completely left alone by the puffers (especially since the shrimp almost double them in size). I don't doubt that the baby shrimp get eaten but it being heavily planted makes is more plausible that a few would make it to a larger size.
I don't want any of the fish or livestock to truly be stressed.
As the saying goes "your milage may vary". Sometimes things just work when they shouldn't, or don't when they should. Part of the fun of the hobby, haha
I've definitely learned this over the years. I'm really fun to watch this little ecosystem play out. I started dosing with two drops of Excel at lights out and a few hours before lights come on to help with the algae.
I can post pictures once I get this algae cleaned up. I definitely would like some common sense advice. The puffers are fast little buggers and I haven't been able to net them. The oto shows no signs of stress so I'm going to let him eat some of the algae that is just COVERING the glass.
I have a photoperiod of about 6 hours, no other ferts and I will be topping off and changing water with spring water. I'll be doing my first water change early this week. All tanks are due.