lørdag den 29. december 2012

Dwarf Puffer tank - 5 gal nano tank

Hello all,
the last of the three nano tanks is devoted to the wonderful little dwarf puffer - Carinotetraodon travancoricus. This has got to be one of the most character-filled fish I've ever had the pleasure to observe. It does not swim - it floats :-).

The tank today

Details: 20 l Dennerle Nano Aquarium, small Dennerle filter and 11W lamp. No heating.
Sulawesi Black gravel with a few roots etc.


 Carinotetraodon travancoricus (Dwarf puffer):

 Hymenochirus boettgeri (African dwarf frog)

Turned out these little froggies are the perfect tank mates for dwarf puffers...

 Epiplatys annulatus
The tank also used to house a small group of Epiplatys annulatus, but I couldnt keep them alive for longer than half a year. Beautiful fish.

Older pictures:

All the best,

7 kommentarer:

  1. Isn't a 20 liter wayyy too small?

  2. Hello Anon!
    Well, it is always difficult deciding what is too small for a fish that we have chosen to keep in a fish tank (i.e. any size will almost always be too small). But in this case I feel the Puffer Tank is fine - if you look at the best puffer homepage (Dwarfpuffers.com) five gallons (20l) is within their guidelines, and I ensure the fish is treated as well as possible - the tank is dedicated to the puffer, is full of plants to ensure hiding space and hunting room, plenty of fresh water (ca. 50% each week) and the puffer gets more than enough of fresh snails, live hyalella azteca, daphnia etc. The puffer also shows every sign of feeling well; 'he' is active, healthy looking and eating well.
    All the best,

  3. Hey Kasper,

    I love how you have set up several nanos side-by-side, it looks awesome. Just wondering, where did you get the puffer?

    Kindest regards

  4. Okay so I have a 30 liter tank a little bit bigger than the one you have now. Originally kept my puffers in my 220 liter tank along with my other fish they were eating tails so I had to move them that's they got a hole that I need to take by themselves. After setting up the 30L tank I noticed that one of the puffers had gotten sick it got really skinny and eventually died... the tank is very unbalanced. Please tell me what filter are you using, do you have Heating in the tank, and aren't using liquid CO2 or gas. Also what plants are you using?

    1. Hi - Im not using any filter... but as many plants as possible, as many water changes as possible and live food is the only way it will work. Good luck and enjoy the puffers!

  5. Ok and do you green algaea at all? What live food do you use I've been thinking about doing live food but I don't know where to start. I thought i would need a filter. How about air pump? And CO²?

    1. To be honest it all depends on how much work you want. The more you are willing to do, the more fish or cleaner tank you will have, right?. I change 25% twice a week and have very little algae of any king (some during the summer when the sun hits the side of the tank :-)). No Co2 or similar but a little bit of fertilizer once a week.
      Good luck.


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