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Old 02-27-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
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Hi, My Names Sammie. I have been considering getting a Dwarf Puffer... I refuse to get an animal without a 2 weeks of researching, Min. I learned that the hard way...

I have a (male) betta by the name of Mr. Beans. Would I be able to place a dwarf puffer and Mr. Beans together? If not. It's not a problem I can just keep Mr. Beans in his tank... I was considering getting a 15-gallon tank, a filter, heater, and gravel. Tell me what I need. :] I have heard these fish are freshwater fish. Is this true?
I’ve only been researching for a couple days I would really appreciate the advice.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:49 PM   #2
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Dwarf puffers are freshwater schooling fish, so you'll need more like 5 or 6. You also need to cycle your new 15 gallon first. I wouldn't advise putting mr. Beans in there with them. Good luck and keep up the research!
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thank you!
I wont put Mr. Beans in there :]
How long does this cycling process take..?
I've heard about this. But don't know how it works. And what it does. Explain?
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Dwarf puffers are freshwater schooling fish, so you'll need more like 5 or 6. You also need to cycle your new 15 gallon first. I wouldn't advise putting mr. Beans in there with them. Good luck and keep up the research!
No they aren't. They do fine in smaller numbers or even singly. They do not school.

I would not put a DP and a betta together. The betta won't last. Make sure to treat for parasites when you get a DP. I learned the hard way when we got our last shipment of them.
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Oh.. Ya. I was only gonna put 2 or maybe 3 in the 15 gallon..
Thanks for clearing this up!
Still waiting for a response on the cycling
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Oh.. Ya. I was only gonna put 2 or maybe 3 in the 15 gallon..
Thanks for clearing this up!
Still waiting for a response on the cycling
Fishless Cycling For Dummies
Read this ^ fully. If you don't understand any aspect, ask questions.
Welcome to AA.

Also, what all do you know about dwarf puffers? They're quite messy, and frequently don't accept pellets or flake foods. They're not so much difficult to keep, but they're not quite the easiest.

Edit: This website could be helpful. Most of the information looks good at a quick glance.
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Sorry, missed that! lol

The time it takes varies greatly, but with some media from an already established tank you can reduce the time by a lot. Testing is the only real way to know when it's cycled. Plants won't hurt either.
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Yes. I have read the Dwarf Puffers are quite messy.. I was planning to feed them snails. Not flakes. Should i do both? what else can they eat? And I saw this 15 gallon tank at walmart.. Had everything for about 30 dollars.. Where could i buy these fish. they dont sell them at my local Petsmart thats for sure..
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We fed mostly pond snails and frozen bloodworms with occasional live blackworms as a treat.

Do you have any small mom n pop type LFSs in your area? They or online will be your best bet. Check out aquabid, I see them there occasionally.
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Ok done reading.. I do have a question.. And after i read it again.. Ill problay have a few more questions.

Ok, I feel stupid asking this. Amonia. Is ths some kind of liquid? If so. Where could i buy this?

And i don't feel comfortable buying the fish online. I'm afraid of getting scammed or if the fish arent healthy?
I will consider feeding the puffers those too!
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