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by RTR
Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: Puffer Pix and Flix!
Topic: Kitty vs Puff
Replies: 5
Views: 1754

Re: Kitty vs Puff

There is nothing wrong with the links for me.
by RTR
Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Full grown F8???
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Full grown F8???

Good! Krill can be a useful treat, but some puffer fish get addicted and refuse other foods and then develop bizarre and potentially fatal eating problems. In the past I used a good bit of krill for puffers, now I am leery of it for this family of fish. Puffers can do fine without it.
by RTR
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Full grown F8???
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Full grown F8???

It certainly sounds like full normal behavior. If you are using FD shrimp, that is fine. But if they are FD krill, they should be minimized, and either is perhaps safer/better is pre-soaked. You might test that option if they are still accepted. I asked if he was with a group as such are generally w...
by RTR
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Puffer Pix and Flix!
Topic: Kitty vs Puff
Replies: 5
Views: 1754

Re: Kitty vs Puff

I can't see any post...
by RTR
Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: HELP! new F8 coming tomorrow and water is BAD
Replies: 24
Views: 2524

Re: HELP! new F8 coming tomorrow and water is BAD

Stability will not provide the required nitrogen cycle bacteria. Do not, repeat do not attempt to kill off any worms residing in the tank! The last thing in the world you want to do is have a colony of dead worms to further pollute the tank. Keep testing at least once daily, better twice daily, and ...
by RTR
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Marine Puffers
Topic: Help! From brackish to marine
Replies: 4
Views: 905

Re: Help! From brackish to marine

I agree.
by RTR
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Full grown F8???
Replies: 5
Views: 924

Re: Full grown F8???

Fish never stop growing, but after sexual maturity growth is terribly s-l-o-w. If you are giving SL (standard length - nose to caudal peduncle), the fish is fine. If you are giving TL (total lenghth - nose to end of cudal/tail fin) the fish is a bit stunted, but not enough to be long-term harmful. W...
by RTR
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: dwarf puffer not eating, very skinny
Replies: 15
Views: 2524

Re: dwarf puffer not eating, very skinny

While water column bacteria certainly are normal tank inhabitants, they contribute nothing, repeat nothing, to the tank's required nitrogen cycle. All the persistent tank bacteria for oxidizing ammonia and nitrite are obligate attached forms. Statements to the contrary are simply incorrect. They als...
by RTR
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Questions About Red Eye Puffers and Dwarf Puffers
Replies: 16
Views: 3884

Re: Questions About Red Eye Puffers and Dwarf Puffers

Many hobbyists follow the out-of-date (IMHO & IME) practice of moving fish up in tank size "as they need it". This almost always means that the fish will never equal or exceed full wild size - in other words, the captive fish will be smaller and show different configuration from their largest wild c...
by RTR
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Does this exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Does this exist?

My female Fahaka lived in a 2x2x4' tank if I remember correctly. The 2x2x6 is obviously better, but they really eat space.
by RTR
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: dwarf puffer not eating, very skinny
Replies: 15
Views: 2524

Re: dwarf puffer not eating, very skinny

Sorry, but the above comments by PufferGhoti are mistaken and/or misleading to absolutely incorrect. Bacteria in tanks commonly occur as either attached or free-floating as general lifestyles. Some bacteria which are free-floating occur as single cell forms or as chains or clumps of attached cells w...
by RTR
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lost Puffer
Replies: 11
Views: 1639

Re: Lost Puffer

Freshly caught puffers may or may not be equipped with stored toxin. The toxins are not created by the puffer, but are the products of specialized bacteria in the wild. Those wild-source toxins may be present only at some certain seasons in the wild, so that local puffers may or may not have stored ...
by RTR
Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I have a Valentini Puffer and I want to add a Blue Spotted?
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: I have a Valentini Puffer and I want to add a Blue Spott

For me it would be two separate tanks.
by RTR
Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Questions About Red Eye Puffers and Dwarf Puffers
Replies: 16
Views: 3884

Re: Questions About Red Eye Puffers and Dwarf Puffers

I'll restate my usual objection to minimum tank sizes: The minimum tank size is never an optimum tank size. If the minimum tank size is selected, the fish so housed is unlikely to have full normal configuration, and is less likely to have as long and healthy a lifespan as that fish would have in a 1...
by RTR
Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:44 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Does this exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Does this exist?

No, it is a 120 not a 55. The face size of the two tanks is close to the same, but the front-to-back sizes are quite different (~13 inches versus ~24 inches). The 120 is also a bit taller, but that is less noticeable. There are also 75 gallon tanks which give a larger footprint with a similar face s...