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I'm just not that into feeding. But believe me I spend hours on end watching my current tank and I can't wait to setup a second. I'm away from home at the moment and I miss my fish a lot.Ive read about frozen fish food auto feeders. Ive never been into auto feeders that kinda the main reason we own pets is to watch them eat, grow and interact.
To each his own (way of appreciating their fish)
@MJDuti, have you been following this thread? You seemed to say it could be done. Everybody else seems to say it's likely to fail. What do you think now? How would you do it? What would you add – if anything – on top of live food, pea puffers and bb gobies to this tank's stock?These are my 3 opinions:
1) red cherry shrimp (rcs) - probably your best bet once they are established and breeding, which may take about a month. But you'll have to provide plenty of hiding spots and plants. They love grazing Java fern and driftwood.
2) for snails: bladder, ramshorn, and mts. I would just ask for bladder snails when you go to local fish stores. Most places want to get rid of them and will give them to you for free. They may or may not reproduce fast enough for you. Usually that involves supplemental feeding and depends on the tenacity of your puffer. Same deal with ramshorns, but adults are too big, but you could always crush them in their shell. MTS would be my preference. They help aerate the substrate and will typically breed no problem. Over breeding is usually from over feeding. These snails do have a tough shell, which is a problem for all puffers, except pea puffers. These little guys suck the snails out of their shells instead of crushing them so you'll be fine.
3) the only worms that I know of that will work are black worms, which are fantastic. They will burrow in the substrate and may stick out once in awhile, are an excellent protein source, and will also aerate your substrate. You could just keep these in the fridge, in water, which will have to be cleaned often. I had them establish a colony once in the past (mainly with shrimp) but haven't had luck since, especially with carnivores.
All of these you would have to get established ahead of adding the puffer, but all are definitely possible. Just note, a 30G is going to be HUGE for 3 dwarf puffers. Not that it's a bad thing, but you might not see them and can easily put more fish in there, or even go with other puffer species.