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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-18-2009, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Emaciated Dwarf Puffer

I have 3 dwarf puffers. I think 2 of them are males, and the third is female and also the fattest. Anyways it seems 2 of them have paired off and the third male is the one who is looking super skinny. I am ordering more dwarf puffers this Monday so that he will have a companion. MY QUESTION IS what can I do to get him to start eating? I have tried live black worms, brine shrimp, shrimp pellets, and hikari brine shrimp and spirulina cubes. Thanks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-18-2009, 06:40 AM
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hello
would you be able to tell us more about the tank that they are in please.
it sounds to me that there is bullying going on.if you add more males the problem will just get worse.
how is the tank decorated,would you be able to post a picture of you tank ?
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I dont think I saw bloodworms on your list. Blackworms and bloodworms are the only things my Dwarf Puffers will eat. I dont know the size of your tank, but Willow is correct, adding more could cause more problems. I only have two in a 10gal. They are always in little spats. I added lots of decor. They need to be able to get out of the line of sight of the aggressive fish, then they can find a little peace. Unless you have a large tank, I would consider finding a new home for the smaller male. They say these fish need about 3gal space per fish. I think 5 gal per fish is a better number.
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UPDATE:
Sorry it took so long to update. School just started and I am a really slow typist so I sort of drag my feet when something involves typing. Anyways, I have good news. The puffer fish is doing way better. I bought the same kind of food that the nursery where I bought them from (azgardens.com) feeds them and they all seem to be much more receptive to eating this kind of food. It is called New Life Spectrumax. Also I added 6 more dwarf puffers for company and this seems to be going very well so I am happily surprised! They actually swim together, usually in groups of 4, sometimes 6 and they go exploring around the tank. I have to record it and upload it onto youtube. They school together quite frequently and it is the cutest thing. Also, any agression towards eachother has been minimal-non-existent! I have a heavily planted 38 gallon tank. 36-1/4"L x 12-5/8"W x 19-3/4"H.
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hi
thank you for updating us,as to how you are getting on.
keep an eye on them,beaware that as these new puffers mature,there will be hell
to pay ! the only reason i say is because i had the same happen,with sad consiquences(sp)

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Glad to hear all is well!!! Maybe it will work out in a tank that size. I have read the ones raised together, can be more tolerant of eachother. I will have to see if that food will work for mine, I am guessing they may already be to spoiled.
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BTW, NOT brackish water fish. Pure freshwater. They'll survive in lightly brackish water, but what they really want is moderately hard, slightly alkaline water (pH 7.4-7.6).

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My dwarf puffers were really spoiled when I bought them. They came from a distributor that had them in a tank full of millions of snails. They love snails.

When I got them home they were really picky. They looked at the frozen brine shrimp but never ate it. Then I tried bloodworms. They didn't eat the bloodworms either.

Almost a week passed before anything happened. I guess they got hungry. I tried brine shrimp again and one or two of the puffers (I bought 5) nipped at the brine shrimp. One of them figured it out. He or she actually seems to be teaching the other ones to eat them. Now all of them accept brine shrimp but sparingly. A lot of shrimp ends up settling on the ground.

I haven't tried bloodworms again but I'm going to now that I've had some success getting them to eat anything at all.

I was scared that they weren't going to eat so I found a couple of snails from a nearby pond and put them in to kind of supplement the brine shrimp. I think I'm going to try live brine shrimp next since they're one of the easiest live foods. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

Does anybody know of a good food source that dwarf puffers and bumble bee gobies both like? (I plan on putting a bumble bee goby (even though it's a full freshwater tank) with these puffers. I can't justify putting a goby in my other tank since I know from past experiences that the gobies are VERY picky eaters and would never get any food with all the aggressive eaters in the other tank.
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^ they both LOVE bloodworms. Both my gobies and dps (different tanks...) will eat bloodworms over shrimp any day.
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dwarf puffers are purely freshwater, do u have them in brackish?

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