Green Spotted Puffer Fish

Discussion in 'Puffers' started by TommyZ, Jul 28, 2015.

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    TommyZ New Member Member

    I saved my buddy from the abusive hands of WalMart and am cycling a 20 gallon tank for him to have all to himself. I want to know if this is a good set up for him (picture). Is the heater in a good spot? What about the power filter? Will he like the sand? What about the moss balls, are those okay to be in there? It's been cycling for about five hours with some complete water care kit start up maintenance. How long should I wait? He's only one inch but I plan to get more decorations. What else would be good for him? And how should I go about moving him to brackish? Also, does anyone know where to catch freshwater snails in Minnesota? Haha, thank you :D
     

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  2. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Gena could explain how to turn your tank into brackish. As for heater, does it say fully submersible?


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  3. OP
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    TommyZ New Member Member

    Yes it does :) It said that placing it at the bottom of the tank would mean I don't have to turn it off when changing 30-50% of the water, so I did.
     




  4. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Yea that's smart, wouldn't want the heater blowing up and glass flying all over the place! I have an Aqueon Pro that has an auto shut-off function if the water level gets too low.


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    TommyZ New Member Member

    I'm not sure if mine has that, I know it has a feature that prevents over heating. Do you think its in a good area? I figure being by the power filter would help circulate it.
     
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Do you know about the nitrogen cycle? It takes a few days at the minimum for a tank to cycle using heavy doses of Seachem Stability, usually closer to a few weeks. I'm not sure how hardy puffers are in terms of being able to go through a fish-in cycle.
     
  7. Gena

    Gena Well Known Member Member

    I recommend doing some research about brackish aquariums and puffers online to start. Like hours of research. That's where I started. This is a good place to start:

     
     
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    TommyZ New Member Member

    I have been doing a little research on the nitrogen cycle.. From what I've read they wont survive if you cycle the tank with them in it. Thank you for the link, ill research right away :)
     
  9. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    I would suggest picking up a bottle of Seachem Prime and Seachem Stability at Petco/Petsmart or your LFS. The chemicals in Prime will not only dechlorinate your tap water during water changes but it will also detoxify ammonia or nitrite, protecting your fish till the bacteria in your filter can metabolize them. That's where Stability comes into play. It contains bacteria that will speed up the cycling process.


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    TommyZ New Member Member

    Would any commercial stores sell that? Like WalMart? I live in a very small town, so I usually take 50 mile trips every other week just to get live food and good supplies.
     
  11. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Walmart wouldnt sell it. Do you have any pet stores around you that sell fish supplies?

     
    Go here and enter your zip code and it'll list the nearest store that sells their products.
     
  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    You can also order online - super easy, and delivered to your house.
     
  13. Jswin

    Jswin Well Known Member Member

    Petsmart and Petco does if one of those is close


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    TommyZ New Member Member

    The nearest one is 58 miles :/ what would be some good websites?
     
  15. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Amazon or Bigalspets.com


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    TommyZ New Member Member

    Thanks for the help everyone, my puffer is happy and healthy in his new aquarium :D by the way, are there any reliable sites where I can buy live freshwater snails and ghost shrimp?
     
  17. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Just go to a nearby LFS and ask if they have any "pest snails", you'll usually get them for free or for a very low cost. I believe that's what Gena does.
     
  18. Jswin

    Jswin Well Known Member Member

    You could put them in a bucket with an air stone and keep a good bit of food in there and you'll have a nice colony of snails before long


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  19. MJDuti

    MJDuti Well Known Member Member

    Can we get a picture please?
     




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