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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-03-2008, 03:22 PM
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i have 3 dwarf puffers in with a bunch of ghost shrimp.. i mean it is a 55 heavy planted tank but i think if you put some plants in your tank the shrimp will have an alright chance of survival...even if they do get eaten, ghost shrimp are sold as "feeder shrimp" and only cost 12 cents a shrimp ( at my LFS ) and 33 cents a shrimp at my local petsmart.. so if you lose a couple, your not down so much cash..
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-03-2008, 04:48 PM
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o_o But I get all that stuff with the set. I actually already have a 10 gallon aquarium at home, but I'm interested in something more compact for my dorm room :P
just use the 10gallon tank trust me i mean it might be more compact but the fact is and this is not a joke DWARF puffers and anyother puffers are extremely messy >< so unless you have a marine puffer(doubt it) you wont need to do too many weekly water changes because the sand acts out as a biological filter as well
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Well I don't see how having a bigger tank is going to be beneficial for me. I have to take it home with me for winter break and all that...think I have to stick with the 5...

Thanks for your input everyone..I'll let you know how things go in a couple weeks :)
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Well I don't see how having a bigger tank is going to be beneficial for me. I have to take it home with me for winter break and all that...think I have to stick with the 5...

Thanks for your input everyone..I'll let you know how things go in a couple weeks :)
a ten isnt that big or hard to carry....
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Never heard of the brand, but that kit looks pretty decent to me. That sale price is actually also pretty good for a kit that's pretty complete except for the heater. The one thing I caught about it is this: it doesn't say exactly what kind of "bulb" it comes with for the light. If it's a fluorescent of some kind, then you're set. If it's an incandescent bulb, I'd change it for a fluorescent right away, as incandescent bulbs won't really do much for your live plants and they also can really overheat the water in a tank that small. As long as it's got a standard-size base for the bulb, you can buy something like this:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...70&pcatid=9870

You want the Colormax one for freshwater, not the 50/50. They also usually have these bulbs for sale at LFS's. I've seen them at better-stocked Petsmarts, as well.

I have to disagree about the ghost shrimp being candidates for lunch, no questions asked. I bought a few ghost shrimp as feeders for my dwarf puffers, but the puffers showed absolutely no interest in eating them. Eventually all of the shrimp disappeared, but I entirely blame the tiger barbs that were *much* more interested in them. I think they're worth a shot.

I think you're absolutely best off going with a fishless cycle rather than cycling with BioSpira or some similar product, or trying to cycle with the puffers in the tank.

Also, it's not necessary to worry about feeding dwarf puffers "cruchy" foods to wear down their beaks, i.e. snails as small as their eyes. Unlike larger puffer species, dwarf puffers don't need to worry about beak overgrowth and you're perfectly fine feeding them whatever they'll eat, really. Like I said, the bulk of my puffers' diet is the live snails, but occasionally they get live blackworms, and sometimes they'll eat frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp and frozen mysis shrimp. I think krill and plankton would be too large for a dwarf puffer to eat.

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Never heard of the brand, but that kit looks pretty decent to me. That sale price is actually also pretty good for a kit that's pretty complete except for the heater. The one thing I caught about it is this: it doesn't say exactly what kind of "bulb" it comes with for the light. If it's a fluorescent of some kind, then you're set. If it's an incandescent bulb, I'd change it for a fluorescent right away, as incandescent bulbs won't really do much for your live plants and they also can really overheat the water in a tank that small. As long as it's got a standard-size base for the bulb, you can buy something like this:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...70&pcatid=9870

You want the Colormax one for freshwater, not the 50/50. They also usually have these bulbs for sale at LFS's. I've seen them at better-stocked Petsmarts, as well.

I have to disagree about the ghost shrimp being candidates for lunch, no questions asked. I bought a few ghost shrimp as feeders for my dwarf puffers, but the puffers showed absolutely no interest in eating them. Eventually all of the shrimp disappeared, but I entirely blame the tiger barbs that were *much* more interested in them. I think they're worth a shot.

I think you're absolutely best off going with a fishless cycle rather than cycling with BioSpira or some similar product, or trying to cycle with the puffers in the tank.

Also, it's not necessary to worry about feeding dwarf puffers "cruchy" foods to wear down their beaks, i.e. snails as small as their eyes. Unlike larger puffer species, dwarf puffers don't need to worry about beak overgrowth and you're perfectly fine feeding them whatever they'll eat, really. Like I said, the bulk of my puffers' diet is the live snails, but occasionally they get live blackworms, and sometimes they'll eat frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp and frozen mysis shrimp. I think krill and plankton would be too large for a dwarf puffer to eat.
again the bigger the tank the better. also biospira has worked for me so thats just my recommendation ok? also i do suggest giving atleast some snail a week even if they dont overgrow their tooth its still healthy for them.
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well theoretically, if you plant the tank enough, you can have pond snails breeding right in the tank. If most of the fry can stay hidden for enough time, the puffer will only get at the ones it can find. Moreover, pond snails prefer decaying plants so it'll keep most of your plants trimmed of bad leaves and the numbers wont get out of hand and destroy your plants cuz of the puffer. However, this would have a better chance of success in a bigger tank.
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Hmm I dunno...puffers are extraordinary snail hunters. I know a guy who had a very heavily planted 20 long that had a snail infestation, and a single dwarf puffer cleaned it out within a few weeks.

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Yeah, I wouldn't count on breeding snails within the tank. However, you shouldn't have too much trouble feeding him bits of frozen krill, bloodworms, beefheart etc. I don't think you'll ever get a puffer eating flake, but frozen food is quite easy, and cheap, considering how tiny the fish is.
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Depends on the puffers. The one I have with the tiger barbs (as well as his deceased buddies) won't touch frozen food. My brother recently set up a puffer tank, and they'll eat frozen so long as they think it's alive. There's a decent amount of water movement in the tank so things like frozen bloodworms drift along in the current enough to create the illusion of life.

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