Iliveinazoo wrote:Either of those substrates will be fine. Figure 8's do not sleep in the sand as suggested in the previous post.
Your puffer will enjoy swimming around and hiding under the plants but if you plan to take the salinity beyond SG1.003 then your chosen plants will probably die off. If I was DGabbs I'd probably have just removed the damaged leaves, even if it was all of them and waited for the plant to re-grow in the hope that the puffer would leave them alone in the future.
I've had a largish chunk of driftwood in my low salinity brackish tank for years so if you're buffering with crushed coral then I wouldn't be too woried about adding driftwood to your tank.
I had a hang-on-the-back filter originally and replaced it with a canister because of salt creep, as long as you have surface movement then you are adding oxygen to your aquarium.
skoram wrote:Thanks for the great feedback guys.
Puffers possibly nipping at leaves was one of the reasons I plan to use plants like the anubias barteri with thick waxy leaves. I'm still curious as to why other members here like RTR so strongly recommend sand - there must be some reason, right? Even if it is more difficult to clean, I'll gladly sacrifice some convenience if there is a benefit to the puffer.
DGabbs - I'd love to get an Aquaclear but they don't sell them here in Korea. Hagen apparently doesn't distribute their products in Korea, as I've not seen any of their other brands here either.
Iliveinazoo - will a 0.001 SG difference (from 1.003 to 1.004) really cause plants to die? My impression is that 1.005 SG was ideal for F8s.
Pufferpunk wrote:I used to use CC but wouldn't anymore.
BTW, Myaj is a gal--Amy.
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