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Old 03-04-2016, 11:46 PM   #1
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Question Dog face Puffer

I just redid my 98 gallon cube and added a snowflake eel, dogface puffer, blue hippo tang, and a yellow tang. I have had this tank for a while but just changed it's contents. What I am unsure of if a clean up crew with the puffer. I have always had snails, hermits, emerald crabs, starfish and shrimp. I am pretty sure the shrimp is a bad idea, but I would love to hear what others have done. I really don't want to buy an expensive snack for someone. Thanks in advance.
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You will not be able to have a clean up crew with those tankmates. The puffer will eat all of those. The snowflake most of them.
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Yes, the puffer will eat all the shrimp, crabs, and small snails. I have a porcupine puffer. I buy crabs and snails knowing that he is going to eat them eventually. The small ones go first. The larger ones last for a couple months sometimes. I usually buy the biggest turbo snails I can find. Nassarius snails seem to be his favorite.

Keep in mind that they NEED to eat snails and crabs to file down their teeth.

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puffer will eat inverts if you are like me I replenish snails and hermit's every 6 months , It is a natural instinct for puffers to snack on inverts ,

My wife wants a dog face puffer I love them too. than I read a article on there habits and growth spurts . than calculated the size tank that would house the puffer comfortably , 200g would be a tad much in my small mountain cabin . as they grow a little over a foot ,
good luck with your puffer they do have neat personality
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6 months? You have a non aggressive puffer, lol. Between my puffer, tusk and eel my crew is usually gone in a week except for the smart crabs and snails.

All my predators are trained to eat frozen food. I still buy live shrimp and snails to keep them interested. I feel like it gives them something to do to stay interested and it's good for their teeth.

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