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Thread: Dwarf Puffers

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    Xdopeboy, not to be busting your bubble here, but I don't foresee the inhabitants lasting too long in that set up.
    What is your water change schedule like, and what are your nitrate readings when you do water changes? Puffers can be slightly messy eaters which will raise your nitrates rather quickly, and also can cause problems with the bacteria just not being able to keep up and you seeing ammonia and nitrite spikes.
    Common pleco's will get way too large for a 10 gal, the dp's are likely to nip it to death, and it will be so messy in there that your water will quickly foul. Pleco's may remove a lot of algae, but they poo like noone's business so there is a tradeoff here.
    With twice weekly water changes you MIGHT be able to keep your water parameters ok, but that is iffy.
    You are likely to see more aggression issues out of the dp's with that many in such a small space also, they just won't have room for themselves.
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    If you have a larger tank the pleco can go in and put it in there. Then put a bunch of plants and decorations in the tank to keep the aggression down.

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    ah, do you feed dp's only baby snails? i mean, how exactly do dp's each snails? do they only eat snails that will fit in their mouth or do they each snails by opening the "door" and sucking out the meat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimmers318
    Xdopeboy, not to be busting your bubble here, but I don't foresee the inhabitants lasting too long in that set up.
    What is your water change schedule like, and what are your nitrate readings when you do water changes? Puffers can be slightly messy eaters which will raise your nitrates rather quickly, and also can cause problems with the bacteria just not being able to keep up and you seeing ammonia and nitrite spikes.
    Common pleco's will get way too large for a 10 gal, the dp's are likely to nip it to death, and it will be so messy in there that your water will quickly foul. Pleco's may remove a lot of algae, but they poo like noone's business so there is a tradeoff here.
    With twice weekly water changes you MIGHT be able to keep your water parameters ok, but that is iffy.
    You are likely to see more aggression issues out of the dp's with that many in such a small space also, they just won't have room for themselves.
    Kimmers has it very correct. Bad setup for a 10 gallon, sorry to say.
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    Dp's can be fed any size snail....pond snails being the preferred kind. Snails smaller than their eyes they should just gobble right up and those will help with the teeth.....larger snails they will suck the meat right out of them and leave the shell laying on the tank floor for you to clean up . Watch them as you feed them and you will see. Most people will tell you to stay away from MTS snails for any puffer....those are the long cone shaped ones.....because the shells are extremely hard and puffers have been known to break teeth on the shells. I feed them to my dp's when they are larger as I know they will just suck the meat out of the shell and not try to eat it.
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