Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-07-2002, 07:54 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Berkshire, England
Posts: 11
Puffer and a crab

In a 5 gallon tank would a puffer and a red crab be compatible. If so what type of puffer should I get and how many crabs and puffers would fit and get along?
__________________

__________________
wills40litreaqu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2002, 09:34 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 621
Send a message via AIM to hisc1ay Send a message via Yahoo to hisc1ay
I know nothing about compatibility, so I will address tank size.

In general, a 5 gallon tank isn't really big enough for much of anything. I had 5 guppies in one one time, and I'm convinced it was way too small for that. I'd start with at least a 10. But for puffers, I'd go even higher. I don't know how big dwarf puffers get, but a normal sized one would be way too big for even a 10 gallon. I don't know how big red crabs get either, but my point is I would say you'd need bigger than a 5.

But I'm relatively new at this, so I may stand corrected.

-j
__________________

__________________
hisc1ay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2002, 01:30 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC.
Posts: 651
Send a message via Yahoo to targaboy78
Hi wills40litreaquarium,

I am currently doing alot of research on the freshwater puffers because I would like to get some myself. The current (December 2002) issue of AFM (Aquarium Fish Magazine) has a great article on "Captive Care Tips for Freshwater Puffers".

IMHO, Puffers are quite aggressive and don't easily fit into community tanks. (Unless their tank mates are somewhat agressive, slightly larger and considerably faster). Puffers in general are very territorial so only one male unless the tank has plenty of space and hiding areas.

I do know that they love to eat snails and shrimp, I don't know how they feel about Red Crabs.

Dwarf Indian Puffers (Tetraodon Travancoricus) only grow to about 1 inch.
Figure Eight Puffers (Tetraodon Biocellatus) only grow to about 3 inches.
Most others will get too big for your 5 gallon tank.

From what I have found on the internet, only the Dwarf Indian Puffer is purely freshwater, the other "freshwater puffers" actually do better in lightly brackish to full brackish water.

These sites have tons of great information about puffers.
http://www.pufferlovers.com
http://puffernet.tripod.com

You will also find an amazing amount of information if you do a GOOGLE search on FRESHWATER PUFFERS.

If it was my 5g tank, I would get Dwarf Indian Puffers. (1 breeding pair or 1 male and 2 females maximum)

Personally, I am considering 4 Dwarf Indian Puffers (1 male and 3 females) in a 30g. I have 9 (1/2 inch) Tiger Barbs which I will introduce to the tank first and let them get established. Once they are 1 1/2 - 2 inches in size then I will introduce the Dwarf Puffers.

I hope this helps.
__________________
"Life is not like a box of chocolates... it's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today... might burn your a$$ tomorrow."
targaboy78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2002, 07:38 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 168
Puffers and Crabs, No No No

I have 4 puffers (2 green spotted and 2 indian dwarf). I gradually lowered the salt content until I have purely freshwater and all do fine in it. I keep them all together in a 15 gal, but intend to move the spotted ones as they get to 6 inces long. I recently put 2 red crabs in the tank and the next day one of the crabs had a spotted puffer snack. Puffers are fast, but they tend to rest on the bottom at times making them vulnerable to crabs and such.
Great fish to keep though, very easy. I feed them frozen bloodworms and krill. Once a week I give them some live snails so they can trim their teeth(beaks). I keep a small plastic hex tank for snail breeding, it makes a free food supply for the puffers. They love snails, they crack them open and devour the shell and all. Other great fishes to keep with them are bumblebee goby's and mollies. Thats what I have with mine. I also have a bunch of ghost shrimp in the tank. make sure you have lots of cover, rocks and live plants for them, they like to hide.
Good luck with all.
Chris.
__________________
something_fishy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2002, 08:11 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC.
Posts: 651
Send a message via Yahoo to targaboy78
Hi Chris,

A couple of questions. (If you don't mind)
You said;
Quote:
Other great fishes to keep with them are bumblebee goby's and mollies. Thats what I have with mine. I also have a bunch of ghost shrimp in the tank.
How long have you had these guys

Mollies are virtually bulletproof but how are your Bumblebee Gobys holding up
In the wild they range from freshwater to full marine but I have read that they live longer and do better in a brackish tank (1tsp salt/ gallon).

Also, the Ghost Shrimp, are they pets or feeders I would guess that if your puffers get hungry, those shrimp probably look delicious.

Sorry for all the questions but I am eager to get my Puffers and on a quest to find the ideal tank mates. I love the idea of BBGobies and Ghost Shrimp but I ASSUMED that they wouldn't be compatible.
__________________
"Life is not like a box of chocolates... it's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today... might burn your a$$ tomorrow."
targaboy78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2002, 08:40 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 168
Some answers

I've had the bumblebee goby's as long as the puffers, so they were gradually weened off the salt too. They seem to be doing fine, very active.
As for the shrimp, they were intended to be food for the puffers as you well guessed, but, the puffers are still too small. So, I keep them all together as co-existing friends, until the puffers get bigger and then the deals off, hahahaha.
As for the health of the tank itself, I have no problems. I break the rules a little when it comes to substrate. Everywhere I have read states that the best substrate is fine sand bottom, but if they come from tributaries, there would be lots of rock. I tried sand gravel, and I tend to avoid it due to the simple fact that it can hide and trap some very dangerous bacteria. So I but a natural looking river bed stone substrate that filters easily. I also have a few otto's in there to help with the algae.
For live plants, I have 1 broadleaf and small sprouts of river grass placed sporadically throughout the tank. I even have one of those tacky captains wheels that turns with the air bubbles.
Lots of hiding places, lots of live plants, realistic river bottom, and you have it. I keep the temp at 74, I've tried 80 as most places suggest, but, they become very sluggish.
I hope all of this helps with your decision to get into puffers. I am an amateur and claim no expertise, but I have not lost one yet and they seem very happy.
__________________
something_fishy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2002, 10:07 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC.
Posts: 651
Send a message via Yahoo to targaboy78
Thanks for taking the time to go into detail... Your tank's description sounds awesome.

Can we look forward to some photos ?
Please.
__________________
"Life is not like a box of chocolates... it's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today... might burn your a$$ tomorrow."
targaboy78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2002, 12:39 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 168
re: photos

I have this crappy generic kensington video camera that takes pictures about as good as a fisher price colouring book, but, I will try to do my best to get some pictures of both my 33 and my 15, along with my little snail hatchery.
__________________

__________________
something_fishy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
crab, puffer

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dwarf Pea Puffer/Spotted Puffer aarongalvan Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 08-06-2009 01:48 PM
F8 puffer and Dwarf Puffer for sale in Central NJ helicopter Archive 3 11-26-2008 03:07 AM
Hitchhiker crab ate my red hermit crab! zenn Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 3 11-12-2005 11:27 AM
Crab gettin big...good or bad crab pearsont74 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 13 06-17-2005 08:57 AM
Golden puffer the same as a Guinea fowl puffer? jamal-188 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 0 07-02-2004 11:58 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.