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Old 09-01-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Dwarf puffer

I ordered my dwarf puffer Friday and it will be here on Wednesday. I have had the 10 gallon tank set up for 6 months in anticipation of his or her arrival. I have blasting grit substrate, real plants, and driftwood. The filter is a Tetra Whisper 40. I have some large shells set up around the tank for extra hiding spots. I drilled some holes in the big piece of driftwood to make caves so the puffer will have a lot of places to rest. I have kept the tank cycled with two mystery snails and a healthy colony of ramshorn snails. Hopefully the puffer will make a dent in these. I have too many. I have the heater set on 78 degrees. I will be removing the mystery snails if the puffer shows to much interest in them. I have read that the dwarf puffer sometimes will leave larger snails alone so I am going to wait and see what happens. I have freeze dried blood worms, live earthworms. and some dried shrimp. I am wondering if I shouldn't start a colony of some other type of worm. Does anybody have a suggestion on this? The only worms I have raised are red earthworms for my compost pile. Do I need anything else? I have been researching a lot and the above info is all I have really come up with.
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If your compost pile does not have any chemicals in it, then its ok to feed them to your puffer. The snails and live earthworms is the perfect diet.
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I do not use chemicals in my yard or garden area. I cannot vouch for store bought produce though. I wash it thoroughly before eating but you never know what it was treated with before it gets to you. I think I will start a small bucket of compost with stuff I know to be chemical free and grow the worms for the puffer separately from my regular compost. I wounder of I could feed it the grub worms I dig up. I have been battling them for the last two years in my garden. I cannot wait to get my puffer. I have been waiting for awhile so the tank will be somewhat seasoned and stable.
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