Dwarf Puffer Feeding

A place to discuss general puffer care or news.
Post Reply
Hodgie
Puffer Fry
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:19 pm
Location (country): United States

Dwarf Puffer Feeding

Post by Hodgie »

Hi, I would like to know if I could feed ghost shrimp, feeder guppies, and snails to my dwarf puffer otherwise known as a pea puffer. If so how small or big do they have to be? Thanks
User avatar
pufferjw
Green Spotted Puffer
Posts: 379
Joined: Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:16 pm
Gender: Male
My Puffers: Duboisi Puffer
Red Congo Puffer
Striped Redeye Puffer
Dwarf Puffer

Have Owned:
Amazon Puffers
Location (country): USA
Location: Boston/Chicago

Re: Dwarf Puffer Feeding

Post by pufferjw »

Guppies would probably have fins bitten but would not be eaten, since dwarf puffers are too small and do not eat fish anyway. Ghost shrimp are large and hard to catch as well, but if you could get a smaller variety such as cherries then that should work. For snails, I'd just go with the smallest ramshorns that you can find.
220 Gallon - 1 Super White Leopoldi Stingray
55 Gallon Planted - No Fish
29 Gallon Planted - 1 Duboisi Puffer
29 Gallon - 1 Red Congo Puffer
User avatar
Pufferpunk
Queen Admin
Posts: 31773
Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:06 am
Gender: Female
My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Re: Dwarf Puffer Feeding

Post by Pufferpunk »

Frozen (thawed) blackworms are best.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"
User avatar
JayEmpty
Puffer Fry
Posts: 34
Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:50 pm
Location (country): USA

Re: Dwarf Puffer Feeding

Post by JayEmpty »

I have 4 pea puffers in a 20 gallon long tank. They don't care about ghost shrimps, even the small ones. They don't eat any kind of frozen whatever. Believe me, I've tried a lot. The snails, well, they just eat the meat and not the shell, even the crushed ones.

So I guess, every puffer tank is different. Just try what works for yours, coupled with the wisdom and knowledge of the advice given by those who have been here long before us.

:D
BENNEA32670
Puffer Fry
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:05 am
Location (country): USA

Re: Dwarf Puffer Feeding

Post by BENNEA32670 »

Hi, I'm new to puffers. I just got 2 pea puffers. I have them in my hospital tank medicating at the moment, but am having a hard time feeding them. I made sure there were lots of bladder/pond snails in there of various sizes. There are a couple of ramshorn as well. They seem interested, but I have yet to see them munch. As much work as they are doing to get the snail out I am concerned what else I can feed them. They rejected my thawed frozen blood worms. I don't see them caring about the fresh hatched brine either. I ordered other starter cultures for vinegar eels, white worm, and daphnia. Does anyone know if they will eat these?
User avatar
Pufferpunk
Queen Admin
Posts: 31773
Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:06 am
Gender: Female
My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Re: Dwarf Puffer Feeding

Post by Pufferpunk »

Other than snails, the ONLY thing my DPs ever touched were live blackworms. Unfortunately the only 2 blackworm farms were destroyed in the CA fires. You can try live brine shrimp but they aren't very nutritious. Try crushing the larger snails before feeding them out.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"
Post Reply