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    Cool I'm back...Setting up a dwarf puffer tank.

    Hello HFB....its been a few years but I'm back!

    My wife always wanted some puffers so we are going to do a bare-bottom 15g column low-tech driftwood/planted tank. I plan to keep 3 or 4 dwarf puffers and some ottos. I may try some shrimp but I have read mixed results so I know that's a gamble.

    This tank is the Aqueon 15 they sell at Petsmart. Its pretty decent for what it is, I guess. But I am replacing the filter with a Fluval C3 w/ extension and I am adding some supplemental CF lighting to the lid. It comes with an 8w T5 bulb. I painted the back of the tank burgundy and the bottom is light brown, about the color of cream coffee. Originally I was looking for a Fluval Edge 12g but the Aqueon is slightly larger, easier to work with, and cost almost half the price which was a big selling point for the wife. I may pick up a 6g Edge or a Spec sometime in the future. Definitely sticking to the smaller setups.

    For the new tank I am using some of the manzanita wood that was in my 210g "watermelon" tank from years ago. I had to cut a couple of the pieces in half so they would fit. Right now they are soaking in the tank and are not waterlogged enough to fully sink. My plan is to attach anubias and java fern to them and create dense foliage. I placed a large order of around 15 plants that should be here on Thursday. I also ordered some snails. I may build in a few rock caves on the bottom, haven't decided on that yet.

    So here is the tank so far. Its currently going through a fish-less cycle and I have some seeded media from a friend. Glad to be back, but I will not be going overboard this time with a bunch of big tanks. My new house has nice hand-scraped wood floors and a busted tank could be HUGE damage.

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    I'll keep this thread updated as a journal for my first puffer tank.
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    nice start.
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    I'm back...Setting up a dwarf puffer tank.

    Awesome piece of wood you got there, looks badass. Best of luck with the setup, I'm definitely following this one
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    Fluval C3 came in tonight. Nice and quiet HOB filter. I like the little spray bar on top with the wet/dry media compartment. My Jager heater came in as well.

    I had the manzanita wood brought in years ago by HAW. I bought six large pieces and they are fantastic. I was sad to cut two pieces in half so they would fit in the tank, but it looks good. Once I upgrade the lighting and attach all the plants it should look really sweet.
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    Very nice!
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    looking good so far. great central piece of driftwood.

    i love my dwarf puffers. great personality and they all get along fine (4 in a 10g planted tank).

    i have a few amano shimp in with mine to clean up algae and scraps. all introduced at the same time, heavily planted for hiding spots, and there have been no issues. the shrimp are big enough to put up a fight/get away if bothered...and i keep the puffers well fed

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    Quote Originally Posted by morpheus View Post
    looking good so far. great central piece of driftwood.

    i love my dwarf puffers. great personality and they all get along fine (4 in a 10g planted tank).

    i have a few amano shimp in with mine to clean up algae and scraps. all introduced at the same time, heavily planted for hiding spots, and there have been no issues. the shrimp are big enough to put up a fight/get away if bothered...and i keep the puffers well fed
    This is good information, thanks for sharing!

    Where did you buy your puffers from?
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    We had figger8 puffers. 3 in the same tank. They didn't care how big the shrimp were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt in Houston View Post
    This is good information, thanks for sharing!

    Where did you buy your puffers from?
    I got my puffers and shrimp from fish gallery. the puffers were maybe 3 for $15 or something. I forget it was maybe 6-8 months ago. amanos were maybe 2 or 3 bucks each.

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    We had figger8 puffers. 3 in the same tank. They didn't care how big the shrimp were.
    i read all the mixed reviews before i put them together. some had no issues, others did. there seemed to be a common theme on the threads here on HFB that the larger shrimp species (amano, ghost, etc.) were generally ok. i figured i would take the chance. if they killed them all, i wouldnt keep trying. one and done attempt.

    i am sure every puffer is different. mine are ok with them, but i am sure the opposite exist that go after anything no matter what size.

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    Yep morph. It was a one and done thing with use too. They were fine with other fish. but shrimp, snails, crabs, or clams. food as soon as it was found. Figger8 are a little bigger then pee puffers. So it's easier for them to bite things.
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