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Old 06-26-2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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Dwarf Puffers

I will soon have a new 10 gal and once I cycle I was wondering if I would be able to put a dwarf puffer in . I always feel bad and want to rescue one from walmart when I see them chasing there tail in circles.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:10 AM   #2
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Those aren't dwarf puffers. Those are green spotted puffers which need minimum 30 gal. If you can find a dwarf puffer you could get 2 of them, but plant it heavily or else they'll fight.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:11 AM   #3
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Those aren't dwarf puffers. Those are green spotted puffers which need minimum 30 gal. If you can find a dwarf puffer you could get 2 of them, but plant it heavily or else they'll fight.
Thank you!! I was just there today and saw them and it made me wonder.
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No problem my sister thought the same thing so I did lots of research. If you need to know anything else just ask!
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:17 AM   #5
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I have always wondered this but however much I try to surprise them they never ' blow up '. Do they actually blow up when frightened?
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Yes they do but don't do it too often because it stresses it out. They puff up because they become upset or frightened or sometimes just because they're mad.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:22 AM   #7
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I remember my oldest brother dancing around infront of the puffer tank trying to make them blow up for his daughter when she was 2 (4 now). Those poor things are so lethargic and sickly looking but there faces are so cute. I hate walmart.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:25 AM   #8
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Same just going and looking at the poor fish just makes me want to buy them all. But then I stop and think about the costs... Also if you really wanted to help one of the puffers you could buy it now and get a 30 gal in a few months or you could try to find a dwarf puffer (which is what I am currently doing)
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:29 AM   #9
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Same just going and looking at the poor fish just makes me want to buy them all. But then I stop and think about the costs... Also if you really wanted to help one of the puffers you could buy it now and get a 30 gal in a few months or you could try to find a dwarf puffer (which is what I am currently doing)
With having to buy the turtle a 55 soon I think I will just wait and look for a really dwarf puffer. It just saddens me to see them in that state in a 3 gallon tank with ten others. I need to stop going into walmarts fish section.
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I always drop by the fish section when I go to any store. Its hard not to do it.
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Where does one find a dwarf puffer these days. difficult to find em'
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Where does one find a dwarf puffer these days. difficult to find em'
Only place i know of is online, I cant find any at any of my local LFS.
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Any idea on where or prices?
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Any idea on where or prices?
I did a quick Google search and this was the first site that came up

Carinotetraodon irrubesco "Red-tail Dwarf Puffer" | Puffers | Freshwater Fish | Aquarium Livestock - ThatPetPlace.com
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Just got a dwarf puffer, 2 LFS in the Minneapolis area had them, priced around 6 dollars each
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Online fish worry me :/ i wish my lfs stocked them or at least would special order
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Online fish worry me :/ i wish my lfs stocked them or at least would special order
The Petco i was going to in Wy let me look at a book that they had and it was of fish that they could special order in for me, check that out at your LFS
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Dwarf puffers won't fight in a non-planted tank. People highly suggest placing them in planted tanks because they tend to get bored fairly quick. It has nothing to do with aggression.
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i heard they like to eat (not the plants) but organisms that grow off live plants
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I've never heard that. I kind of doubt it because I frequently see people saying you can heavily plant the tank with live or plastic plants.
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