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    Quote Originally Posted by troy tucker View Post
    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.
    yeah i was about to add they are larger than the dwarfs. i dont know if any shrimp would work with them.

    some people have success with red cherry shrimp and pea puffers too, but i thought the RCS would be too small.

    mine devour pond snails. when on vacation i now just go to petsmart and they give me pond snails for free to dump in my tank. never any left when i return. so i couldnt use any snail for algae, and heard the amanos do great on even on hair algae. was happy it worked out for me
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    My plants should be arriving today...

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    ww574 Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus) 4
    an05 Anubias, Congensis (Anubias Congensis) 1
    an21 Anubias, Nana (Anubias barteri v. Nana) 1
    an09 Anubias, Frazeri (Anubias 'Frazeri') 2
    an13 Anubias, Hastifolia (Anubias hastifolia) 1
    an19 Heterophylla (Anubias heterphylla) 1
    po29 Anubias, Coffeefolia (Anubias barteri v. Coffeefolia) 2
    port01 Java Moss (Vesicularia Dubyana)(4 oz portion cup) 2

    Should I install some rock caves on the bottom? Not sure if they would be of use or not.
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    caves wouldnt hurt. puffers are very inquisitive and like to explore. lots of plants, caves, etc. may keep them more occupied. i dont have caves, but enough plants for them to swim in, out, through, etc. they spawn in the moss as well. you have driftwood to tie off ferns. its all what you like in terms of scaping.

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    Sounds good...Ill check a few out in person at some of the LFS....I see some online at Amazon but its hard to judge if they are quality or not from just the pictures and reading reviews. I'll probably end up attaching plants to the top of them as well.
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    My plants didn't ship last week but they should be here this Thursday. In the mean time I picked up a few marimo balls from fish gallery and three nice pieces of rock to make a few caves. I also modified my light hood and added a couple of LED 3000k bulbs. I have a 12" hagen aqua-glo in route to balance the color of the lighting.

    tank2lights.jpgtank1.jpg
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    The rocks look good. Ones the plants are in the tank It will pop!
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    Thanks! The rock on the back left has a huge cave in it, hard to see in the pics...the other two smaller ones along the right side also have small caves. I am going to attach anubius and java fern to everything and make it nice and thick. I agree, the green is going to set it off.

    I might have to pre-attach my wood together since it is still floating a bit and its hard to keep everything where I want it. I can imagine it will be quite a puzzle attaching the plants to the drift wood and placing it all back in as I envision it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt in Houston View Post
    My plants didn't ship last week but they should be here this Thursday. In the mean time I picked up a few marimo balls from fish gallery and three nice pieces of rock to make a few caves. I also modified my light hood and added a couple of LED 3000k bulbs. I have a 12" hagen aqua-glo in route to balance the color of the lighting.

    tank2lights.jpgtank1.jpg
    I never would have thought to try a red background, looks sweet. Quite the list of plants you've got there, should give your little puffers plenty of territory

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    You should have seen my krylon watermelon colored 210g discus tank. It was an amazing pinkish/purple color, really looked awesome. I enjoy using odd-ball colors, and combined with the right lighting you can create some very unique aquascapes.

    Here are some pics of that tank.

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    Looked very nice!

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