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Old 09-01-2009, 12:24 AM   #1
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Curious Dwarf Puffers

I wanted to share some pictures of the new dwarf puffers that recently escaped my QT tank. They now live with their other mini friends the bumblebee gobies.
The puffers are very curious and extremely interested in the camera. They are probably the first fish to ever pose for a picture for me .

I had two girls and a boy, but their trip to america was a long one and I lost one of the girls. They were all a big cisk when they arrived, but the two I have are doing well, eating alot and playing in the current. I am waiting to get another little girl in the next month.

The female has more random spots and a white/yellow belly while the male has more elongated spots, a dark line running the length of his yellow belly and wrinkles around his eyes.
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OoO nice that u r know what sex they r
can't find out what my porcupine and green spotted r. ToT
and my porcupine like to pose , actually like to eat the camera LOL
its interested in any black circle LOL (probably cuz the similar look of the snails that I feed it XD)
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:39 PM   #3
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yea...I am lucky they are just old enough to tell. Too bad about your puffers,...but I guess if you get a pair you can always tell by who is guarding the eggs :d That would be the male. Have you posted any pictures of your puffers? I would love to see them.
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Those are adorable! I want some now xD
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:13 PM   #6
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Those are adorable! I want some now xD
I am totally in love with my "Tiny Tank". Everytyhing in it is less than an inch big. As you can see from the pictures the bees are a little bigger than a small ramshorn snail. The puffers are less than an inch with their tails. They are very curious little guys. They actually come to the front of the tank and watch me work. They have even started to recognize the cup I feed them worms from.

They have so much personality.

I am gathering cool ideas for aquascaping this tank to be able to see them better and give them more paths to swim through.
It looks like this right now...and although I love that piece of driftwood and so do the bees, as they like lounging on it...it blocks the view of these tiny little guys.

I think I might do rocks instead
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Ha, thats so cool. Now i should set up a tiny little 10g brackish puffer tank. But my problem i want a large like 20g or something to get several different puffers. Nice aquascaping by the way.
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Ha, thats so cool. Now i should set up a tiny little 10g brackish puffer tank. But my problem i want a large like 20g or something to get several different puffers. Nice aquascaping by the way.

The problem with puffers is that they tend to be really aggressive and not very neighborly. 20g won't actually get you many puffers to be honest, at least not when it comes to variety. Dwarf puffers, who are only 1 in long require 3-5g of space despite their tiny size. The larger puffers get very large (6 inches) and require even more space 55+g and brackish conditions.

Another fun fact about puffers is that despite their very messy eating habits, they require pristine water conditions on top off everything else. Since they don't have scales or gill covers they are extra sensitive to ammonia and nitrite and nitrates. Nitrates should always stay under 20ppm. I do twice weekly water changes of 50% for my dwarf puffers and luckily they don't eat the ghost shrimp living in the tank who clean up after them, otherwise I would really have my hands full. O.o

In a 20 gallon you could get up to 4 females and 1-2 males. I think you would have a ton of fun with them. They are very smart and really cute fish.
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I actually want some of these:
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I know that they should really be in a species dedicated tank. I would have done that anyways. I have always wanted to keep puffers but i have kept fish as delicate as them before. The hairy puffer i want and i have no clue why, he is so ugly but so cool. I would probably end up putting him in a 40g breeder tank.
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I actually want some of these:
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Or 1 of these:
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Or these:
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I know that they should really be in a species dedicated tank. I would have done that anyways. I have always wanted to keep puffers but i have kept fish as delicate as them before. The hairy puffer i want and i have no clue why, he is so ugly but so cool. I would probably end up putting him in a 40g breeder tank.

Oh nice! I have never actually seen or heard of a hairy puffer before. I agree with you that despite their ugliness they are very appealing. Very cool looking indeed. I have always wanted avocado puffers myself as well. Never seen them in any local fish stores any place I ever lived though. I saw them in an aquarium once. They are really interesting fish to watch. They are also good tank mates with my dwarf puffers. Maybe I could get a bigger tank and one day keep both together!
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