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Hey guys, it's been a while.

I don't have goldfish anymore, or a tropical community, all the tanks were getting too much to clean and we will be moving soon and I didn't want to have to move them. So pretty much everything got re-homed. Including my toads. Then I turned the 6.5G toad tank into a little fish tank because I couldn't really not have ANY fish.

Then that tank decided to start crumbling and cracking in the bottom corner, just as I was acclimatising my new puffers.. so I had to run back out and buy a new tank, which is 8G and really nice (day AND night lighting in the hood!).

So I have two dwarf puffers, which I am a little bit in love with now. And an oto and a kuhlii loach. I think I still have the oto anyway, couldn't find him today..

Few questions:

I know they are still settling in (bought them yesterday) but they don't seem very interested in eating. Their bellies are full compared to how they were when I bought them, they were kind of caved in. So they must be eating something, probably snails. But last night they had a couple of live bloodworm each and now they just look at those and swim off. Should I worry or give it time? Or maybe try something smaller like daphnia? The bloodworms are nearly as big as them.

Is it a good idea to worm them? I found out mine are wild caught ones and read something last night about their bellies caving in being a possible sign of internal parasites.

I just noticed one of them is flicking on leaves.. how much salt can they take? Bearing in mind there is a kuhlii loach in this tank.

I figure I have room for a couple of panda corys or pygmy corys if I can find some.. think the puffers will kill them, or not notice them?

Pictuuuures. Sorry about the quality, my camera is not charged. It never is, lol!

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They are difficult to photograph!

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Few questions:

I know they are still settling in (bought them yesterday) but they don't seem very interested in eating. Their bellies are full compared to how they were when I bought them, they were kind of caved in. So they must be eating something, probably snails. But last night they had a couple of live bloodworm each and now they just look at those and swim off. Should I worry or give it time? Or maybe try something smaller like daphnia? The bloodworms are nearly as big as them.

Don't worry too much yet. Any type of puffer can take a fair while to settle into a new tank :D

Is it a good idea to worm them? I found out mine are wild caught ones and read something last night about their bellies caving in being a possible sign of internal parasites.

Yes! I think it is beneficial to them to be wormed when you first get them. Wormer Plus is great (google it) but you'd need to remove the snails first. I like that wormer as it's not harmful to the filters etc.

I just noticed one of them is flicking on leaves.. how much salt can they take? Bearing in mind there is a kuhlii loach in this tank.

I take it your tank is fully cycled and has no ammonia or nitrite? Flicking can be a sign of gill flukes. Wormer Plus works on them too

I figure I have room for a couple of panda corys or pygmy corys if I can find some.. think the puffers will kill them, or not notice them?

IMHO they're not compatible with cories or much else. DPs can be mini velociraptors and will 'taste' anything slow enough to see if it's edible. Stick with what you have now...or add to the oto numbers

The tank looks great btw :D

There's a moto worth remembering in the pufferfish owner's circles...never trust a puffer ;)

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Cool, thanks!

There shouldn't be ammonia, I don't have a test kit as I just chucked mine out, it was getting old and I'd rather not have one than have one that's gonna give me false readings. Spose I better get a new one.

The filter has been cycled for about 2 years, it's from my old goldfish tank, so should be used to high waste.

Do you know if Maidenhead Aquatics stores sell Wormer Plus? Or Pets at Home? Otherwise I guess I'll order online.

Might get another Oto or two in a couple of months, just to make sure I'm gonna grow enough algae to feed them all. My last one died because I just ran out of algae!

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Online only for Wormer Plus I'm afraid :)

Otos are meant to be in small groups so you'll notice a difference in the character and behaviour when you get more :D

You can always keep a fresh bit of cucumber in the tank for them.

Always best to have a liquid test kit about the house so if there are any issues you can check straight away.

Also remember to do larger 50% weekly water changes! Overfiltering the tank is also necessary as they are messy guys and eat meaty foods too. Same as you would with goldfish :D

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Yeah I got some pretty good overfiltering goin' on!

Just ordered the wormer plus so I hope it gets here before they die or something. I'm going camping tomorrow for a few days which is worrying.

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OOOH! I'm going camping tomorrow too :lol: Do you campervan, tent it, or cavaran it? :D

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My cousin has a VW camper, so we all pile into that and go down to the new forest then set up a few tents around the van and have a BBQ party, usually for her and her housemates birthday.

Where are you camping? I'd laugh if we were at the same site or something!

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Dwarf puffers are so cool :) Wormer plus worked wonders on our 2. We have 2 amano shrimp and a cherry shrimp in with our puffers and they get along just fine.

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My cousin has a VW camper, so we all pile into that and go down to the new forest then set up a few tents around the van and have a BBQ party, usually for her and her housemates birthday.

Where are you camping? I'd laugh if we were at the same site or something!

We have a VW camper too :o:nana I also have an old aircooled beetle and we have a retro late 60's caravan too! :rockon

We're off to a not-so-exotic location...Mersea Island in Essex :rofl

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Yeah I was thinking about shrimp actually. I've always wanted one of those massive ones with the big furry paw things..

I reeeally want my own VW. I want to live in it for a while.

Have fun!

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We have a VW camper too :o:nana I also have an old aircooled beetle and we have a retro late 60's caravan too! :rockon

We're off to a not-so-exotic location...Mersea Island in Essex :rofl

I used to love going to Mersea Island whe I lived in Colchester. Such a peaceful place. Mind you it's 9yrs since I was last there...lol

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It's still lovely! We're off to Waldegraves and the weather forecast says good! :D

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My wormer plus got here while I was away :) One of them has got quite skinny again so I hope this works.

Camping didn't quite start out as expected..

We were going along the motorway (this is in the 1965 VW) and we can hear this loud rattle coming from the back but we just figured it was the camping chairs stacked up over the bit where the engine is, then it gets louder and I noticed the chairs had stopped rattling and were bouncing as we went over some bumps in the road, but the rattling noise was still getting louder. My cousin figured out when she put her foot on the accelerator it got louder and if she took it off completely the noise stopped, so we decided to take it slow and pull over after taking the exit. Then I mentioned the smell of burning rubber was getting stronger (it had been there before but you sometimes go through an area that just smells like that, then it goes) and just as we were discussing the smell the bus started jumping and the engine cut out, just before the exit, so we pulled over and got out to look and there was smoke pouring out the back. We called the fire brigade who came and rescued us. The smoke had gone by the time they got there.. we still aren't entirely sure what happened, or how an apparent fire went out by itself.

...I couldn't resist taking this picture when I was walking behind them. They helped get the bus into a layby off the motorway.

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Oh no!!!!! That's awful! :cry:(:o

I really hope it gets sorted out ok! I guess that means you didn't get away then? We (not wanting to rub it in) had a lovely weekend of fun and laughter with great friends :panana

I'd love to know what the problem was in the end.

So glad your wormer plus arrived too. You should find that just the one dose may well be sufficient :D

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Oh yeah we did get to go camping still! My aunt and her husband came down to help and some people we were camping with stopped after they saw us at the side of the road and we loaded all the stuff out the bus into their cars because we thought the bus would have to be towed back home, but when the RAC guy finally got there he towed it with his van to the campsite as it was only 5-10 minutes away, then arranged for the flatbed to come to the site today and tow it home. He was really helpful as he shouldn't have done that!

My aunts husband (step uncle?! lol) recons it got very overheated for some reason and the engine had ceased up. He might have figured more than that but he was talking about bits of engine and things I've never heard of, lol!

This thread's got so off topic, haha.

I'll take some good pictures of the fish tomorrow, I need sleep right now, I ended up 20ft up a huge tree at 3am this morning.. but that's another story..

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...I need sleep right now, I ended up 20ft up a huge tree at 3am this morning.. but that's another story..

Oh it sounds like you'd fit in with my group, then :lol:

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Hey lucy fish, how are you getting on with your puffers?

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