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This came a lot sooner than I thought but I was at my LFS and they had them available and I had an open tank so I did it lol. I bought my pea puffers, 3 of them to be exact. I just want to start this to track the progress of the tank. I’m not one to name many of my fish but these guys needed names. Their names were given by my sister and she picked to name them Blossum, Bubbles, and Buttercup, the power PUFF girls lol.

Here’s some insight on the tank. It’s a custom 10 gallon “Breeder” tank that I built. It has a 100watt aqueon heater, a Finnex stingray light and is being filtered with 2 sponge filters. I have eco-complete substrate, along with live plants. Plants include jungle vals, bacopa caroliniana, crypt wendtii, crypt lucens and red tiger lotus bulbs. I want this tank to become a jungle tank. I’d be very happy if the jungle vals took over the back of the tank and the crypt lucens took over the front if tank.

That’s all I can think of right now so here’s pictures of them floating in the tank
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Following along to live vicariously through you, lol. Love puffers.
 
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tfreema said:
Following along to live vicariously through you, lol. Love puffers.
Thanks for following! You and I both! Lol I’ve wanted puffers for a while now so I’m super glad I was able to get them
 
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I’ve had these puffers for a day and I’m already loving them soooooo much. They all have different personalities and already recognize me as their owner. Here’s a couple pictures of my biggest Puffer, Blossom.
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Gah! Soooo cute! I think puffers will be my 2019 goal.
 
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tfreema said:
Gah! Soooo cute! I think puffers will be my 2019 goal.
Thank you! I'd recommend these guys for sure. They're so much fun
 

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They are so stinkin' cute!!! :joyful::joyful:

Please, tell us more, tell us more! What are they eating? How did you acclimate? Is this the tank you're considering a Chihiros for?
 
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stella1979 said:
They are so stinkin' cute!!! :joyful::joyful:

Please, tell us more, tell us more! What are they eating? How did you acclimate? Is this the tank you're considering a Chihiros for?
Thank you! Theses gals are my cutest fish I have lol. They’re so personable my favorite of the 3 is bubbles, she’s the smallest lol.

Right now I’m feeding them small ramshorn snails, bladder/pond snails, blood worms, and live black worms. I got them from my LFS that’s literally 5 blocks from my house so the water parameters were the same. I temp acclimated and then plopped them in the tank (no water from the bag got in my tank). Yes this is the tank I’m looking for the new lighting for. I’m considering either Chihiros or a T5HO light fixture. I found a few options so now I just need to narrow my choices down
 

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Nice! They are always so neat and cute.
 

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They are adorable! I considered getting a few a while ago but would have had to order them and there was no garentee that they would have been alive from where I saw them... which is sad.
 

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Like so many responders above, these guys are on my “one day” list. Can u tell more about feeding? Do they need live food daily? Qty? Much work to keep up with their food requirements? Do they take any prepared foods?
Love the pics!!
 
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Update time!

So it’s been a while, but the puffers are doing well. I did lose one of them a few weeks back, buttercup is the one I lost actually. Blossom and bubbles are doing great tho. Eating like champs! I actually just did a big rescape on their tank.

So before the tank looked like this.... very bland, ugly, just not what I wanted.
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I ended up doing some changes on my 75 gallon which game me a bunch a plants to work with. I now have a butt load of anubias nana petite on slate, a bunch of bacopa caroliniana, and crypt wendtiI red in the puffer tank. Here’s the tank now with all the plants.
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The anubias has some BBA on it but I’m hoping that with this less powerful light, it will die off (I did soak it with hydrogen peroxide before putting it in the tank. I’m hoping this works out well.

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Like so many responders above, these guys are on my “one day” list. Can u tell more about feeding? Do they need live food daily? Qty? Much work to keep up with their food requirements? Do they take any prepared foods?
Love the pics!!
Hey sorry for the super late reply! I feed these girls primary live black worms, but I also feed them ramshorn and bladder snails, and sometimes frozen bloodworms and frozen mysis shrimp. I give them enough until I see their little bellies are nice and full (which doesn’t take much). The only thing I really have to do with them is vacuum up the empty shells after they eat the meat.
 

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Did you change the substrate at some point or is it just the light that gave it the bluish color in the pictures up top?
I'd actually like to see a full frontal of the tank if you would be so kind, I'm trying to get ideas for my 10 gallon.
 
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Pescado_Verde said:
Did you change the substrate at some point or is it just the light that gave it the bluish color in the pictures up top?
I'd actually like to see a full frontal of the tank if you would be so kind, I'm trying to get ideas for my 10 gallon.
The substrate hasn’t changed. Still eco-complete, it just has a layer of brown algae on it now lol. I’m hoping all the extra plants will soak up any extra nutrients.

Here’s a full tank shot, I just took it.
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Pescado_Verde said:
That's nice, the sponges aren't nearly so noticeable as they were. And I like the statue, very peaceful looking. Who is it?
That was my hope. The sponges were way to "out in the open". Once the bacopa grows in, it'll be much less noticeable. I think the statue is some type of Buddha but I'm not 100% sure, I got it on clearance at petsmart lol
 

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Google-fu tells me that is a predominantly Japanese Buddha - the Buddha of Future known by a couple of different names, Miroku Buddha being one of them.

 
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Pescado_Verde said:
Google-fu tells me that is a predominantly Japanese Buddha - the Buddha of Future known by a couple of different names, Miroku Buddha being one of them.

That's very interesting!
 
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Pescado_Verde said:
Ha, I wouldn't have even known there were different Buddhas if it weren't for watching "Antiques Roadshow" on PBS.
I wouldn't have known if it weren't for you lol
 

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I'm gonna ramble here for a minute or two... So about that Buddha, it reminded me of "Aqua Buddha" because water and Buddha, duh. I don't know if you know who Rand Paul is but he went to college here where I live and was a member of a "secret" college fraternity known as The Noble Noze Brotherhood or just The Noze Brothers. Anyway at some point they, the Noze, had a bong nicknamed "Aqua Buddha" where they would, ahem, "worship". Pretty funny story, worth a quick Google if you're so inclined.
 
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Pescado_Verde said:
I'm gonna ramble here for a minute or two... So about that Buddha, it reminded me of "Aqua Buddha" because water and Buddha, duh. I don't know if you know who Rand Paul is but he went to college here where I live and was a member of a "secret" college fraternity known as The Noble Noze Brotherhood or just The Noze Brothers. Anyway at some point they, the Noze, had a bong nicknamed "Aqua Buddha" where they would, ahem, "worship". Pretty funny story, worth a quick Google if you're so inclined.
Sounds like a funny read, I'll look them up lol
 

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Looking better... Why not add a black background? You can use some black construction paper from 99¢ store, cut it to size and tape it to the back (outside). Sponges will immediately disappear. Looks classy too.
 
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bigdreams said:
Looking better... Why not add a black background? You can use some black construction paper from 99¢ store, cut it to size and tape it to the back (outside). Sponges will immediately disappear. Looks classy too.
Thank you! I’ve been planning on doing that but keep forgetting to get the black background. I definitely want to do it though.
 
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Well, the puffer tank is yet again, looking like a hot piece of garbage. The bacopa is starting to grow new leaves but the bottom portions are cover in algae. The entire tank is covered in algae actually. I think it’s from lack of proper filtration, it only has 2 sponge filters. The anubias I put in the front of the tank, some of them have rotted away almost completely and are now covered in dead BBA and green algae. Just look at this mess, it’s really embarrassing actually. I almost didn’t post this but the hobby isn’t always sunshines and rainbows.
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I think I’m just going to start this tank over again, like from scratch. Buy a new 10 gallon to remake this “custom” rimless 10 gallon breeder style tank, the current one has a lot of scratches on it. It’ll actually have a black background this time to make it look better. I will be buying a minI canister filter rated for 15 gallons for better filtration. I want to replace the finnex stingray light for a T5HO light. Lighting schedule will be changed with new, stronger light. I will reuse the same eco-complete substrate and the Buddha decor will just be cleaned off.

As for the plants, I might just chop the bacopa down to where the new grow is, and hope the new growth takes off and doesn’t get covered in algae. I’ll probably take some hygro polysperma clippings from the 75 and put it in here too, it’s growing like mad in the 75. The crypts I have in there aren’t growing at all so they will probably get put in my 75. The anubias, I might reuse, depending on how much of it I have left, if not, I’ll probably get some other plant for the foreground. Once I redo the tank, I might add another puffer or 2.

So those are the plans for the puffer tank. Any suggestions or advice on aquascaping or anything really is greatly appreciated.
 

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I am totally not the one you want to take aquascaping advice from, but I love your Buddha decor, (thank goodness it's staying!) I just can't help but think you'll have a little more space without the sponge filters, and since Buddism thrived in the Himalayas... well, have you considered adding some rock to the tank?
 
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stella1979 said:
I am totally not the one you want to take aquascaping advice from, but I love your Buddha decor, (thank goodness it's staying!) I just can't help but think you'll have a little more space without the sponge filters, and since Buddism thrived in the Himalayas... well, have you considered adding some rock to the tank?
To me advice is advice lol. I had some granite rock in the tank before but I didn't like the way it looked. I might get some seiyru stone and try that out to see if I like it better than the granite. Yes I feel like it'll look so much better without the sponge filters in the way
 

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Seiryu is an excellent choice in my opinion. I have some in a small betta cube, and wanted more for our 20 gallon long, but dang, the stuff is expensive. So, I took an opportunity while on a trip to the mountains of NC and gathered granite while I was there. The granite is now in our 20 gallon and guess what? I don't love it... while I do love the Seiryu in the betta cube.
 

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Any videos of them eating? I love watching them eat
 
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Totally Not Kermit said:
Any videos of them eating? I love watching them eat
I don’t have any videos currently but I can definitely get one today of them eating live black worms. They absolutely LOVE live black worms lol
 
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Here’s that video of the pea puffers eating live black worms AJE
 

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I had a Pea Puffer in a 5.5g tank. Just some plastic plants and rocks. He was pretty skittish when I approached the tank to feed him or check him out. I had him for about 2 weeks before I rehomed him. Figured someone else with more Puffer & real plant experience can give him a better home. I don't do plants and when I do they wind up dying. I even kill house plants.
 

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