Figure 8 puffer cost per month

s2c2

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Can anyone give me an estimate of how much it will cost per month to keep one or two figure 8 puffers in a 30 gallon tank (including costs of salt, food and anything else I'm forgetting)? From what I'm reading, it seems like this is a decently expensive fish to own. Just want to know what I might be getting into.
 

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Well, these fish don't take pellets or flakes and you'd have to have an almost endless supply of snails...


 

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i recentl purchased my figure 8 1 week ago. the cost of the puffer $3. the bloodworms i got were free. but cost would be $8.00-$11.00. the salt i used i got for a 10 gallon mix. since bracksih, it wont use much. i got it on sale at $4. usually anywhere from $8-$11. i got pond snails for free, and started to breed them. so i expect the cost to be under $30. not including the fish cost which varies. usually i seen them go as high at $22.
 

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unless u want to go fancy and feed it shrimp then thats a different cost in it self. Gena mentioned she asked for 1 shrimp from her market and they gave it to her for free, but she was looked at funny! lol but hey, all in the hobby of fish keeping
 

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After you've gotten everything set up, I'd say:

Instant Ocean Sea Salt: use about $5-10 of a container a month to maintain 1.005ish (It takes a long time to get through a box of Instant Ocean if you only have a lightly brackish tank. I got the smallest box size like two months ago for about $14 from Petco and I'm no where near running out! Despite doing two water changes a week.
Food(or in pufferish: noms): Probably the most expensive thing. Puffers need a varied diet so like $25? Depends on how fancy you'll go.
And then like $5 of Prime a month. A medium bottle costs about $10 and lasts around 2 months.
 

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Gena now that u mention Prime. i have a bottle of that. but do i have to use it? and when? sorry for askinga question here...
 

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We're going a bit off-topic but Prime is superior to all other water conditioners because it takes it one step further and detoxifies ammonia and nitrites also.


 

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Gena now that u mention Prime. i have a bottle of that. but do i have to use it? and when? sorry for askinga question here...
Please do not ask your own questions on someone else's thread, if you have questions about water conditioners please start your own thread.
 

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got cha! thanks there.
s2c2 i hope Gena answered your question. she has helped me a lot
 

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How are you burning through a bottle of prime in two months? I have over 20 tanks and don't go through it that quick.
 

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Probably the tiny bottle, or adding too much...

Prime lasts a long time. I have the 500ml bottle and I'm not even 1/4 of the way through it. Had it for 6 months.

Honestly once the initial setup is done, fish aren't all that expensive.
 

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Even the 250ml bottle treats 2500 gallons of water. I'd say few if any of us are changing out 1250 gallons of water per month.
 

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It might have been she was using Prime for other purposes than water conditioner during water changes. She could be using it as a means to protect her fish during cycling processes or if she had an ammonia/nitrite spike etc.
 
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