so I took the "sudden-urge" plunge and added 3 dwarf puffers to my 29g. Current tankmates include 5 Rainbow, 3 female fiddlers, and an uncounted (10 or so) number of ghost shrimp - uncounted because they tend to hide mostly and on occasion I see one being carried off by one of the crabs for dinner.
I was hoping the Rainbow would be too quick but unfortunately each of the Rainbow's have a somewhat ragged tail now due to the puffers. The Rainbow also provide too much competiton for now for food sources - I have been adding dried blood-worm and brine shrimp in addition to flake but of course the Rainbow are too quick and greedy when it comes to mealtime. I have seen the puffers eat some brine but I dont know about the blood-worms.
I have had the puuffers in there for 2 days, at first they were terrorized by the rainbow but now it seems the other way around, at least when the puffers are hungry. I do see that when their little bellies are full of brine they dont chase the Rainbow, at least until they are hungry again. I know the brine dont add too much nutritionally but at least they are eating.
I was hoping the brine and blood-worms would suffice for now until I could get a handle on snails, but it may be too late at this point now that they have a "taste of fin". Is there somewhere online I could get "snail-babies"? my local LFS
doesnt have a problem with snails so I cant get any excess from them. Or perhaps I should buy a few apple or otherwise and try to start breeding? Also is there anything else I can try adding for the Puffers until then?