XD those poor snails never get any privacy with those puffer always hovering near them. I'm so jealous though, the puffers are so cute
haha I mean if I was trying to lay eggs I wouldnt want someone watching. yeah snails do breed quite quickly which makes them a easy and good source of food for fish that need live or frozen foodsThis is true, my niece is very sympathetic to their plight as well. They breed so fast tho that I just keep 7 adult snails making all those babies.
A lot of photo editors do that, sometimes a screenshot on your phone of the pic can allow you to post it without ruining the quality. Not sure if that's where you post from but its a little shortcut that helps me =)
I am going to attempt the screen shot, thanks! I haven't been able to post a pic for a week.
I love your tank. I can't wait to see more pictures. Are you planning on breeding them (I am not familiar with them or if they can be captive breed easily or not)
that is pretty interesting but probably too much money XD
They can be aggressive sometimes! Males in particular can fight amongst themselves. If it becomes too violent, I would rehome one of them.
It's male and female... Maybe if you're lucky they'll breed.We have noticed there are two types of dwarf Puffers. The ones with roundish black random spots, as the one on the left side of this picture, are more docile. While the one on the right has a diamond shaped spot and geometric patterning is more aggressive. I wonder if they are two different breeds?
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Jocelyn Adelman this was her original question. I didn't think it looked like either really but I'm a total newbLoads of new plants but not quite "heavily planted". I'm sure when they grow out a bit it will be lush... that is for those few plants that will grow faster than those anubias...
Plants I added Wednesday night:
Amazon Swords 2x
Anubias Nana 2x
Anubias Coffeefolia 2x
Banana Lily 2x
Apon Ulvaceus bulbs 2x
Added on 9/24/17
1 Pitiful Amazon Sword
1 Java Fern bunch attached to a piece of coconut
3 Marimo Moss Balls and
14 stems of either .... Lidernis Rotundifolia or Bacopa Caroliniana. I say either because I forgot to write the name of the plant while at the LFS... feel free to clarify for me if you're knowledgeable and can tell the difference.
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I'm considering some water sprite next, that was suggested by H20 Plants when I asked them about puffer friendly plants.
I put up this build in the TropicalFishForum site as well, so you will find some duplication on that website. I'm quite new so I've been reading loads and became a member of both forums at about the same time.
Ohhhhh plot twist lol. I have never done any research on dwarf puffers so I have no idea. Mabye female/male?
It's male and female... Maybe if you're lucky they'll breed.
Oh I love it! lolMadeline
Couldn't resist the temptation
They would be different species, not breeds But it's likely just pattern differences.
Your fiancé takes such good pics!
I don't think that's bacopa if no-one else has answered that but Jocelyn Adelman would know for sure.
Haha I love pea puffers! They're so funny, the way they oggle the snails before sucking them out of their shells!
Okay so as to coloring - pea puffers have variances in color IME. Females and males also have different patterns on their undersides, so watch for that as they grow up. It looks like you have sufficient numbers that you probably have both genders.
Puffers should be round, so don't worry about their bellies sticking out. It's a good thing.
If you got them from a store (and I can't be bothered to look through 5 pages to find out if that's the case) then they are probably young.
Love your tank and your research is very thorough. Love the thread too
I haven't commented yet, but wanted to say I'm really enjoying your thread and all the adorable pictures!
It would be unusual to have 0 nitrates in a cycled tank. I may have missed this at the beginning of your thread, but did you cycle your tank before adding the fish? If it is cycled, you may want to read over the instructions for the nitrate test. It involves A LOT of vigorous shaking, and that makes a big difference in the test results.
Never tried anything beyond the frozen veggie cubes in my tanks. They were luke warm on the idea at first but now it's on like Donkey Kong. My Koi and Shubunkin Goldfish both seem to like Grapefruit when I would put some into the pond. What they came to like more was the Mint that had grown out of my large mint bed and into the pond. Once it gets to the pond it starts shooting roots like crazy and the fish acted like it was catnip. I'm sure they will come around. Perhaps they are simply to young to know any better. I have had many a young fish look at Blood Worms with a blank stare until they saw that other fish were going gaga on it.
That is hilarious!! The idea of snails and "vigor" just doesn't mesh in my mind.
Yes, I would definitely keep an eye on your parameters (which you seem to be doing!). Your tank is beautiful and very nicely planted, but I would still expect to see at least some nitrates in a cycled tank.
So instead of shaking bottle #2 bang it on something... I bang mine against a hard counter
Phosphates overall don't cause algae, however, phosphates out of whack with nitrates could cause a problem.
As plants aren't fed what they need they begin to suffer, opening up the door to algae. Algae will them begin to consume the ferts, making plants even more unhealthy...
I would get a fert such as thrive by nilocg or plant food by ultum nature systems. Both of these have the proper NPK ratio and will help the plants outcompete the algae.
Easy green is a good step up from flourish, way better in K, but is still pretty low on NP. Obviously you have the phosphates covered lol... maybe buy a bottle of seachem nitrogen and dose that separately... this way you can keep using the easy green and get your nitrates up a bit.
Lights for sure are easy to adjust
What lighting do you have and what is the current photoperiod? What type of algae?