New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby Nuclear_Glitter on Sat May 19, 2012 1:26 am

Many people feel big tanks dedicated to one fish will be quite boring, but once they get a puffer they realize it's not boring at all. However, if you feel like you will not be happy with one fish, don't get the puffer. Go for a school of a single species or something. Don't mix puffers with other fish though as it will end badly and it's only cruelty to the one who is eaten.
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby kingfisherfleshy on Sat May 19, 2012 10:37 am

We will see, the girl friend really has her heart set on a puffer, and I have always wanted to have one as well.

The large guys have so much personality, you can just tell when you see them in stores.
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby Puffer King on Sat May 19, 2012 1:19 pm

kingfisherfleshy wrote:I understand that with puffers that burry themselves, but do Fahakas?

Please answer my questions from the previous post as well.

My 10'' Fahaka still attempts to buty herself although the theres not enough depth gravel for her these days !
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby kingfisherfleshy on Sun May 20, 2012 1:34 am

As long as we are back onto that subject...will play sand do fine?

How deep should it be?

Im really not a fan of the deep sandbed thing as it traps so much waste, and unlike gravel you cant vacuum it.
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby Christie_ZXR on Sun May 20, 2012 7:03 am

I use playsand in my puff's tanks with no issues. As long as you clean it first, and make sure its a good one that's got no bits in it you should be fine. You can always sieve it too just in case.
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby kingfisherfleshy on Sun May 20, 2012 11:00 am

Will be very well washed. Im a little OCD when it comes to cleaning sand.
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby Pufferpunk on Sun May 20, 2012 11:47 pm

Any sand deeper than 1", must be stirred thoroughly, weekly.
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby Puffer King on Mon May 21, 2012 9:16 am

Sands fine for when your fahakas very small but as they get bigger and cause more mess you'll find the sand a bugger to keep clean and a fine gravel is a lot easier to maintain , also sand is very supscetible to BGA especially in puffer tanks where theres a lot of excess nutrients due to waste .
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby kingfisherfleshy on Tue May 22, 2012 12:39 pm

Pufferpunk wrote:Any sand deeper than 1", must be stirred thoroughly, weekly.


As a barebottom guy, when I do have sand, it gets vacuumed very thouroughly.

Will PFS (pool filter sand) work? Its a little coarser so that you can clean it with a vac.

When I do use play sand I always completely mix up the tank so that the waste all settles ou ton top before cleaning the tank.

I cant seem to find the jungle parasite except in the form of tabs - which wont work as I have been told to soak the food. Anyone know where I can get liquid stuff to soak food in?

I have had issues with pacu destryoing equipment in ponds and tank before - should I sump this tank so that I can keep a heater away from my puffer?

Its officially decided that I am going to go this route as well btw.

Oh, and another thing. Im searching for marmokreb crayfish - they arent illegal to have in my state, but they are illegal to "import". What should I do?
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby bertie 83 on Tue May 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Pool filter sand is fine
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby kingfisherfleshy on Tue May 22, 2012 5:58 pm

Any answers for the other questions?
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Re: New Fahaka Owner - Advice Wanted

Postby Nuclear_Glitter on Wed May 23, 2012 12:16 am

kingfisherfleshy wrote:
As a barebottom guy, when I do have sand, it gets vacuumed very thouroughly.

Will PFS (pool filter sand) work? Its a little coarser so that you can clean it with a vac.

When I do use play sand I always completely mix up the tank so that the waste all settles ou ton top before cleaning the tank.

I cant seem to find the jungle parasite except in the form of tabs - which wont work as I have been told to soak the food. Anyone know where I can get liquid stuff to soak food in?

I have had issues with pacu destryoing equipment in ponds and tank before - should I sump this tank so that I can keep a heater away from my puffer?

Its officially decided that I am going to go this route as well btw.

Oh, and another thing. Im searching for marmokreb crayfish - they arent illegal to have in my state, but they are illegal to "import". What should I do?


Get the tab for the IPs, put both the tab (like 1/2 of it) and food in some tank water (in a separate container) and soak it that way. I don't think a liquid of that stuff even exists.

You can do a sump if you want to, but I doubt it's needed. If the crayfish are illegal to import try to find a shop selling them in your area. They are considered an invasive species in most places, so that may be hard if they're illegal to import. You can just find some other sort of crayfish to breed though, and breed snails and shrimp as well.
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