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Old 04-26-2007, 04:17 AM   #1
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dwarf puffer tank problems

my dps are in fine shape and growing fast but there tank isn't the lack of any algae eating fish means its starting to look a bit untidy are there any algea eating fish that people have tried with them or are ottos the only one, i've held off getting ottos as i've had limited success with them
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This is not from experience but what about the big apple snails? I'm almost certain they eat algae and I don't think the puffers would tackle anything quite that size.
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wouldnt they eat the plants? ive looked at sites that suggest shrimp as cleaners i personally cant see them lasting very long
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Old 04-27-2007, 01:48 AM   #4
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Oto's can be difficult, I keep 2 in our DP tank, I'm not teaching you to suck eggs, but in the store, look out for Oto's with nice rounded bellies and get at least 3 as they don't do well on their own, honestly they do a magnificent job in our tank and the puffs do not go ner them.

Also, I keep 3 red claw crabs in there who eat what the DP's miss (we still do a vacuum every other day) the crabs really do best in brackish but we give them a brackish bath every week and they have wood high enough to let them get out of the water to "breathe". Give the Oto's another go.

In my experience, all the larger snails eventually eat your plants !!

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wouldnt they eat the plants? ive looked at sites that suggest shrimp as cleaners i personally cant see them lasting very long
They may well do - I didn't know and it was just a suggestion.

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seems i will have to give them another try ive had 4 in the past and all have started feeding on the thick algea waiting for them only to croak a day later
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