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As I'm sure many of you know I used to have 4 dwarf puffers which were always at the front of the tank swimming around. After my 2 died a few weeks back my remaining 2 are increadibly shy , they generally stay at the back of the tank but after a few weeks in the 5 gallon quarantine they were getting slightly friendlier anyway I moved them to their new 12 gallon yesterday , I never see them now and can't draw them out of the back , is this normal? Are they still adjusting?My 3 ottos are very friendly if not more freiendly in there new home ( all perimeters perfect btw).
Also I'm not sure if because there's less puffers there less confident , there also very shy around other people and I can only half draw them out if its me at the tank ( maybe they recognize me )
With 2 puffers and 3 ottos I'm fully stocked so can't get anymore!
Oh also if its of any importance I have a very dominant male and a subservient half the size female who follow each other everywhere apart from the odd chasing here and there they get on really greatand since the other 2 died they go everywhere together.
Also they are eating just not as much as usual.Sorry for the essay
 

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Some fish just take time to get used to their environment. Maybe some more plants would make them comfortable? I'd suggest ditherfish but you don't want to.overstock.
 

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Do you know what the other two died? Where they all 4 together? The reason I am asking is because they may be sick and not just being shy...
 
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Sorry yeah - I had a weird spike of nitrites and ammonia in my fully established tank ( it WAS cycled before you say it wasn't ) and my 4 fish were Ok , they were in a completely empty quarantine for 20 minutes , I came back up and the 1 just dissapeared ... he was no where to be seen it had a lid as well but one of my puffers looked really fat but the other 2 were as normal , a few hours later the fat one died. Not sure if they ate each other or what!
I think the nitrites killed them and they ate each other or the body's dissapeared? So in conclusion it was just nitrites that killed them
Strangely the 2 smallest and weakest fish survived and the 2 strong fish died.
My male was 12 weeks when I got him and I have had him for 7 weeks so hes 21 weeks old ish / 5 months.My baby who I got from a different shop was so small you could barely see him and I was told he was under 5 weeks old and I have had him for 3 weeks so maybe... 8 weeks/2 months. And there both very healthy .. appearance wise I mean.

I spent 30 minutes sitting on my bed and finally my dwarf puffers came out and swam around at the front of the tank. There still really shy
 

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I think it's normal for fish to be shy in a new home... when I first got a pleco I didn't see her for 2 weeks, lol. I had to keep hunting for her to make sure she was even still alive.
 

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