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by RTR
Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: The puffers
Replies: 9
Views: 2746

It has been reported multiple times and places that the FW puffers tend to more toxin in their skin than the BW/SW puffers.
by RTR
Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:07 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: What do you feed your Figure 8s?
Replies: 28
Views: 3823

No, the cocktail shrimp around here are medium to small shell-on shrimp, frozen, not cooked. Jumbo shrimp don't provide enough crunch for smallish fish for me. I eat those myself, but cooked and shelled. :wink:
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: What do you feed your Figure 8s?
Replies: 28
Views: 3823

I feed snails primarily, along with clam/mussel, crab legs/cocktail shrimp/lobster legs (all grocery store items, chopped a bit, frozen thawed), pre-soaked FD kril. Veggies are tried at times. For the peas, nuke a few in water for seconds, pop them out of the outer husks (discard that) and try the i...
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:42 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: GSP in NanoCube
Replies: 33
Views: 5033

The GSP will be quickly stunted in that tank. Move to a 30-long or larger as soon as possible.
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Tank set up for a mature GSP?
Replies: 14
Views: 3441

Jayhawk - there is no magic in 30 gallons, it is a "practical" application that several of us have used successfully. It involves both footprint/swimming room and water volume. The 29 is one of my favored smallish tanks, but I only use one of them. Like the 20-long and the 55, they really hedge on w...
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:47 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Test Kits for Brackish?
Replies: 6
Views: 1394

The extra water of hydration in BW can be an issue in some test formats, but that will vary from test to test depending on the particular chemistry. There is no way to generalize for tests across the board.
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Determining the age of a F8
Replies: 10
Views: 1943

Go to Woland's pictures:

http://www.thepufferforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=54

Is that the dots/bumps? If so, it is the fish's spines. Full normal.
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:36 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Why do they do that???
Replies: 8
Views: 1758

Get spare tanks set and keep them ready. A 180 IME is 6'x2', so 12 square feet for a footprint. Eight GSPs in there gives 1 1/3 sq. ft. each. I doubt that is enough territory for a mature GSP. You will need to watch for and remove the aggressors.
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Fahaka / Nile Puffer
Replies: 2
Views: 847

I have kept three of them. One of them I would not, could not, put my hand in the tank without the fish being the other side of a "securely" braced divider. He attacked anything and everything that came ito the tank. Total bezerker. At over a foot, he could have taken a small finger or done pemanent...
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Determining the age of a F8
Replies: 10
Views: 1943

Can you describe the bumps? Or post a link to a picture?

There is no way to judge a puffer's age.
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:04 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Singleton
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

I either did mine at lunch or after work.
by RTR
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Lazy F8
Replies: 20
Views: 3288

The pH? Specific gravity?
by RTR
Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Treating ich in low end BW - question about article above
Replies: 18
Views: 4880

The salt treatment should continue at least 10 days past the last visible spot's disappearance, 2 weeks if the temp is not well above 80F. Spots which were infected with parasites will continue to appear 2-3 days minimum after the treatment starts, from protozoans which had embedded but were not suf...
by RTR
Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: New 7Gal tank
Replies: 2
Views: 989

A pair of Dwarf Puffers and a couple of ghost shrimp? With some java moss they might well breed for you, and they would enjoy searching that two foot length.

To me it is too small for an F-8.
by RTR
Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Singleton
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Smallest issue first - very hard water is a benefit, feel free to look that gift horse in the mouth. From my years-ago multiple-tank trials on F-8s, I came to suspect that they need the hardness/high TDS and much as the marine mix, and free from the tap is definitely a gift. I've never written it up...