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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks veganchick, nice excuse for another trip to the fish shop :)
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i personally would do 3 with 5 ottos.
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Sounds good to me - I was planning on starting with 3 at first anyway as I know they're hard to determin sex when young in particular and when I asked at the shop is they could source older DP so it was more certain I'd get 1m and 2f they said it would still be hard to do.

My only concern getting more ottos initially is the amount of food available in the tank for them cos I've read that they can reject bottom pellets and go hungry (but you get lots of different advice when you look around) so I was going to start with just the 2 and see how they get along.
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DPs need at least 3 gallons of water per fish. They would prefer more like 5 gallons. They can be quite territorial, so if you plan on planting it, make sure to make it a little heavier planted. They need lots of hiding places and prefer broken lines of sight. Snails will never be a problem in a tank with DPs. I had a TON of snails, not even a month ago, and now they're all dead. They even killed the snails that were twice their size.

As far as feeding is concerned, they will eat up blood worms. I soak all my puffer's foods in vitamins, just to make sure they're getting everything they need.


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sorry didn't see there was a 2nd page
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at least 3 gallons. 5 to be the happiest
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* I am just learning about these guys*
Are they like a saltwater (ocean is the only place i knew they could be kept) puffer and puff up when either territorial or scared?

these little guys seem awesome! hmmm may take over my 3 gl not-going-to-be-guppy tank
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they are completely fresh water.

Mine were so tiny when I got them. The first one I had in a 5 gallon, but he didn't eat or seem very happy, so I made a snap decision to set up a 10 gal with sand and plants. I don't recommend this, but my tank wasn't even cycled when I introduced my first DP. Since then, it's been cycled, and all the DPs are fat little fellers.

They do have the ability to puff up, but I've not witnessed my DPs puff as of yet. They do have little beaks that grow, and must be fed snails on a regular basis to help wear down their teeth. Much like other puffs, they are EXTREMELY messy fish. Over filtration is good, along with regular water changes.
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I figure that i will change his tank along with my bettas (every sunday, or fridays depending on how bad they need it)
For the snails, could i get a few starter snails in a 1 gallon un filtered and let them breed, then feed them to the Puffers? You don't have to manually take them out of your shell do you? *ewww!*
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they'll 'deshell' them. If you start breeding snails, you'll want a filter, for sure.
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