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  1. It's about time I started a journal. Thank you to @Streetwise for the help of starting this. Im gonna start this off with my favorite fish of all time: (Mini) Bob the spotted congo puffer Named after Mr. Bob Steenfott. From this point forward, Bob is the pufferfish and Mr. Steenfott is Mr. Steenfott. When I broke my leg, Mr. Steenfott and my friend/coach/teacher Hutch planned a day where we all went to the co-op for fun. At the end, Mr. Steenfott got me this fish under one condition, it had to be named Bob. This was in 2018. You might think it is weird that a teacher took me on this trip, but Hutch is more of a family member because my entire family has known him for a very long time even before this trip. In the photo of the yellow background is the very first time I saw Bob, I sent a picture to my family because this was my dream fish and had never seen one in person before. He was such a skinny lad. After a couple months from the start of the pandemic (June 2020) I upgraded him from an anubias only 20g with a hang on the back filter to a 40g with a canister filter, sand, multiple drift wood pieces, and a plethora of different plant species. On December 16, 2020 Hutch passed away unexpectedly which broke my community's hearts and still leaves a scar. But I have Bob to remind me of all the good times and one of the best days of my life. Today, Bob lives happily in the 40g where he gets to hunt guppies, shrimp, earthworms, bloodworms, snails, clams, and pogostemon stellatus stems.
  2. I recently brought in this (fella?) And noticed a spot that became darker in the days following arrival. Am treating with Sulfaplex and Metroplex and the low dose seemed to have helped the spot become lighter but it did not resolve completely. It is also doing this gasping action a few times a day- almost like something is caught in the mouth or trying to blow up with no success. Poor friend isn't too interested in food, although did just rip the face off a Colombian ramshorn and ignores bloodworms. Ph: 6.5 Nitrates/Nitrites: 0 Ammonia ( having an issue with no filtration, doing water changes to keep it low) .25 Temp: 76-78 Any help/thoughts are appreciated!
  3. Hi all! These pics are posted from Reddit (with the owners permission). This person got this little puffer with some pea puffers but they don't think it's the same as the others and noone seems to know what it is. Anyone know? I think it's currently the same size as the pea puffers but otherwise looks very different.
  4. Sergeant Ruby is my first puffer. I got her for $50 from a local hobbyist who was breaking down his tank. She's been such a joy to have. She gets along with all her tank mates and never makes trouble. She used to have a best friend that was an American flagfish. Sadly he passed away and Ruby barely moved for a week after that. She is fed a diet of ramshorn snails, bladder snails, and a variety of live worms raised in my worm bins and cultures. Anyone else keep this cute species of freshwater puffer?
  5. Found these in the 75 with my Mekong River Puffer Colony today. Only other fish in there are victorea mouthbrooders and variatus platys doesnt look like either of those . 6 and counting just turkey baster'd them over to the breeder boxes
  6. Hey Im kind of new to the whole fishkeeping thing and to this forum. Thats why I might need some help! Basically, I got a 20 gal planted tank with 5 pea puffers in there. I tried to create as much hiding spots as I can and grow plants everywhere. I also feed them atleast every second day mostly every day though. Sadly my peas still seem to hate each other and are very territorial and chase each other around alot. I know that thats kind of normal to some degree but I heard everyone say that as long as you have lots of plants and stuff it wont be problem. So as a noob I wanted to ask if there is more stuff I should try or check on? What could be a reason or is it just how they are? Did I just get extra aggressive ones? Thanks for the help in advance ❤️
  7. Hello! I set up a 36 gallon bowfront for a Figure 8 Puffer around 3 months ago. Initially, I planned on just doing the puffer, but found that the tank was far too similar to my Green Spotted Puffer tank. I put in a small female guppy to see how he'd react to her, and he paid no attention, even when she was stealing his food. So, I decided that a lightly-brackish planted community tank was the way to go. I chose a coarse sand for the puffer, since they like to blow the substrate around while looking for food. I went with black to highlight the green on the puffer’s back, and the green/black combo with the plants is always nice too. I used two pieces of Mopani to “scape” the tank - I stuck them in there in a position I found pleasing and called it quits. I’ve never been much of a scaper, lol. Once I found that the guppy did well with the puffer, I added a male and a second female. Then, a week or two later, I added a trio of platies. The tank was still freshwater, as I figured I’d just acclimate the whole tank to low-end brackish once it was stocked to make it easier on everyone. At this point, I noticed that the puffer had come down with a little bit of ich, and one of the platies had some spots as well. So, I went ahead and began increasing the salinity of the tank, and that took care of the ich after around 8 days. After the ich was taken care of, I introduced a trio of balloon mollies as well as around 8 ghost shrimp. I expected the shrimp to be hunted down in a few days, but the puffer doesn’t really hunt them. He ate one when I dumped them into the tank, but I think he figured out they’re hard to catch, and I keep him well-fed enough that he doesn’t have a chance to get hungry enough to try too hard. The shrimp still give him a wide berth, but spend plenty of time out in the open. They make great additions to the tank. Then, I added 4 black racer nerites, since I was getting some pretty intense diatoms on the glass. Nerites are one of the few snails that I know of that’ll do well in brackish and have a small enough foot that they can protect it while they’re stuck to something. One of the snails didn’t make the acclimation, unfortunately, but the other three have done well. The puffer pays a lot of attention to them, but I haven’t seen him pester them too much. A few days after that, I added in some Limia Nigrofasciata, the Humpback Limia. They’re roughly as brackish-tolerant as platies, and I was surprised to find them at my LFS. They’re a common Limia, but definitely still pretty rare in your average LFS, I’d say. I ordered 8 bumbebee gobies at my LFS that same day, and picked them up last Thursday. They ordered 12 and had 11 make it, so I took home all 11. I've since lost 1, that I know of. I probably went heavy on stocking, but with how I tend to maintenance my tanks, I think it'll be okay. I’ve got a pretty wide variety of plants, including: Crypt Wendtii Crypt Wendtii Red Crypt Tropica Flame Sword Jungle Vallisneria Marimo Moss Anubias Nana Anubias Golden El Nino Fern Java Fern Windelov Golden Pothos (growing out of the top of the tank) Everything except for the Pothos is doing well so far, although I may get rid of the Anacharis. I like the plant, but it’s just so hard to keep planted! It’s almost more trouble than it’s worth. I’m always looking for more brackish-tolerant plants, too, so if anyone has suggestions, hit me up! I especially love Crypts, but am finding them to be incredibly slow growing under brackish conditions. All the plants are growing slower than they do in freshwater, but the Crypts are especially slow - I did start with small plants, but still. The tank is filtered by an Aquarium Co-Op sponge filter and an Aquaclear 50, but I plan to remove the HOB once the tank is more established with a few more plants. Don’t need the HOB sucking up babies! I just have a generic Top Fin heater in the tank right now - I’d like to get a nice Fluval or Aqueon heater, once I can find the models I want in stock. For lighting, I’m using a 30” Finnex Stingray, and plan to stick with that light. I love it! It’s perfect for that low-medium light range in this tank. Maintenance in this tank consists of weekly 50% water changes, and the occasional glass scraping. Frequent re-plantings of the Anacharis have been a requirement, too, and I need to whip out the super glue and attach some Anubias to the driftwood more permanently - I’ve just been lazy. I have some sponge and cuttlebone in the HOB, but haven’t been running any chemical/physical media. I may add some carbon to help with the tannins, but I’m undecided. I don’t especially hate the tannined look, but I’m not necessarily a fan, either. So far, this tank is just fun for me. I love seeing how organisms react in situations we may not necessarily expect them to be in - plants and the common livebearers in salty water, for example. I bred some guppies in full saltwater, and had a blast with that. I just kinda play with this tank, and of course love the Figure 8 Puffer, the reason the tank even exists. This one is actually fairly brave, even compared to my larger GSP who tends to flip out if I approach the tank too quickly. I do a lot of saltwater tanks, and have several breeding projects going that tend to be a bit higher pressure, in a way. Plus, I work at a pet store, so I’m around tanks 24/7. Having a tank I can just enjoy is a nice change of pace!
  8. I recently learned I'm doing quite a few things wrong for my beloved pea puffers so I'm going to upgrade them to a larger tank. I'd love to see photos of your setups for some inspiration!
  9. Could 3 pea puffers be quarantined in a 5 gallon tank?
  10. I’m not sure exactly what happened, my girlfriend was doing a water change with her 6 inch fahaka puffer. He apparently jumped from the water and landed on the ground and he puffed. He’s in a bucket now, he’s completely deflated himself as far as I can tell. Do I need to try and burp him? What should my immediate concerns be?
  11. I've kept many species and seen aggression from almost everything, many non-pike cichlids, two types of dwarf pike cichlids, variatus platys, plecos, wild bettas, etc s ome of which have ended in major injury. Plecos in particular are pretty vicious fighting over caves in my experience. That leads me to think freshwater puffers might be getting get a bad reputation. I work with the hairy puffer pao baileyi (now paired up) who never had a fight since arrival in 2018, and seperately have the mekong river puffer pao palustris in a colony that has now been in the fishroom for a month or two. Are Pao puffers really total murder machines who need solitary confinement in all instances or are they the victims of a reputation that might be amplified by how the exist in the hobby? A few of my 6 pao palustris colony definately chase each other from time to time and give some quick though intense "mouth hugs". I would bet those are probably territorial arguments. They end fairly quickly once line of sight is lost and everyone moves back to the cave or plant roots they call home. My current belief is they arent trying to fight to the death since they are all doing well eating, exploring, general puffering, and there has been only superficial scrapes thusfar. Those arguments have become less frequent as they have settled into defined territories. The attached short video clip is from earlier and is the palustris colony's typical feeding response to frozen krill. They even feed with a bit of a pecking order and exhibit some personal preference for certain foods. I have also observed both of those behaviors in my hairy puffers. Is the reputation of the ambush puffers based on research, a built in margin of safety due to their cost and how they are sold to hobbyists, aquarium legend, something else ? Am I just lucky with the 9 individuals over 2 Pao species I've kept so far? What say you nerms?
  12. My Green Spotted Puffer in his 40 gallon breeder. Had him since Mother's Day 2020!
  13. Can I keep this puffer in a 20 gallon? Should be enough "old timers" in here to know who this is.
  14. Hello all, Between last night and this evening, a white dot has presented itself on one of my two pea puffers faces. Is it ick? I have bought the trio of medicine from aquarium co-op so they are available if I need it, but I want to be sure before I try to treat something. Thank you all
  15. Hi all! I’m looking for some help troubleshooting with a picky puffer. About a month and a half ago I got a schoutedeni puffer. He is currently in a fully planted 29 gallon with a dozen cardinal tetras and a dozen habrosus corys. The first month of having him he was a voracious eater. Whether it was small chunks of organic night crawlers, live blackworms, krill, snails, bloodworms, or Dubia roaches, he went right after it. During the first month I also treated him with two round of prazi pro, which didn’t seem to bother him or affect his appetite at all. Over this last week or two, however, he has become increasingly picky with his food. At first, he began only going live blackworms and frozen bloodworms, but nothing else. Over the last couple days it has gotten worse and he now won’t take to anything at all. No matter what I drop in, he doesn’t even bat an eye. He seems to be maintaining his weight well considering his lack of eating, which makes me think it isn’t anything internal. He also seems to be doing fine externally, so I am having trouble identifying what’s going on. Ammonia and nitrite are at 0ppm and nitrate is around 5-10ppm. Temperature is 78 degrees F and pH is around 7.5. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!😊
  16. I'm setting up a pea puffer tank, and I really want to set it up as close to native habitat as possible. Does anyone know if there are any plants in the hobby that come from the same region of India as Pea Puffers?
  17. My puffer is breathing heavy and looks sick. Not very active and sitting on the floor of the tank. All water levels are good and a couple water changes to be safe. Nothing new added to the tank. had it for over a year. Has Anyone experienced this ??
  18. how can i get my congo spotted puffer on some harder type food like snail and shrimps
  19. Hi there! I’m looking to purchase a figure eight puffer for my new (empty) 40 gallon brackish water tank. No one in my area sells them so I was looking to purchase one online. What would be the most reputable source to purchase one from?
  20. Hi everyone! Thanks to the pandemic I am falling hard into the hobby. Got my first tank since childhood a few months ago, a 10g hydroponic set-up from amazon and boy howdy was it a crash education, but things seem to be going well with my betta and nerites and I'm already thinking about my next tank. I'd love to have a desktop aquarium to keep me company in my now indefinite work-from-home office and Cory's review and mods for the Marineland Portrait 5g totally sold me. He mentioned that it could be a good home for a single dwarf puffer, and has otherwise talked about keeping a single one in a 5g tank being a good option. So I'm planning on planting heavily with a sand substrate, cycling that and establishing some malaysian trumpet snails for food, cleanup and aeration (and because I think snails are just really cool in general, and while MTS aren't the most visually appealing, it sounds like they're the only ones that can breed to keep up with a murderous puffer). But of course after having bought most of my stuff, I'm reading some sources online that they're shoaling and it's cruel and terrible to keep them in groups of less than 6 in a giant, species-only aquarium and I'm feeling a little heartbroken. What do you think? Should I just get another betta + nerites instead?
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