Dynamic Environments Help Fish

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:44 pm

I know I have a pic of her tank somewhere...
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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by seuadr » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:05 pm

i guess i'm lucky - i've got a pea puffer, so i can plant the crap out of my tank! :D

of course, right now i am losing a battle with hair algae, so it's not the happiest looking tank. just pulled a bunch of stuff today and replaced it with cuttings from my other tank. I had an amano shrimp that was doing a good job of keeping it in check, but after nearly a year in the tank he has passed into the great beyond. i think i accidentally smooshed him when i was re-arranging some driftwood. i'm not sure if puff tolerated him because he was bigger and/or there first or not, so i'm on the fence about getting another - might try a couple grass shrimp and see if they survive.

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Cinder » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:14 am

Is there anything other than artificial plants and caves that we can do for our puffers? I worry about Hobart (GSP) being bored. (I put up a background as suggested, but is there anything else I can do?)

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by bertie 83 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:50 am

Stand back and look at the tank, if it looks bare it will feel bare for a puffer. Fake plants, caves and other rock work creates a visually complex environment for the puffer to explore.
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:14 am

My 55g GSP tank (ALL fake ;) )

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You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by G S P Freak » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:26 pm

Rocks and plastic plants work wonders!
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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by bertie 83 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:43 pm

These pics are just impressive!
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Cinder » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:42 pm

Pufferpunk wrote:My 55g GSP tank (ALL fake ;) )

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THAT is gorgeous!!! That is what I am hoping to do with Hobart's tank, but finding good, realistic coral is so hard!
I love your silk plants, by the way............... I need to work a bit more overtime so I can upgrade. :)

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:25 pm

Beware--I had to take everything out & bleach it monthly. Live rock & a good skimmer, goes a loooooong way for filtration!
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Cinder » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:56 pm

Pufferpunk wrote:Beware--I had to take everything out & bleach it monthly. Live rock & a good skimmer, goes a loooooong way for filtration!
Do you have two GSP's in there?

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by JRC3 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:21 am

My puffs love their tanks...But recently I had my 3 tube light die on my 75g community so I took the light of my 55g F8 tank and put it there. I then put two smaller strip lights on his tank and he lost a bit of activity and interest in food(snails). The other day I decided to catch some pale cherry shrimp and drop them in his tank. He was in hog heaven hunting them down.

Tonight I droped some crushed snails in and he was back to enjoying them. I dropped another 5 cherry shrimp in again and he was all over them.


Decor stimulation is key and occasional live food makes it even better.
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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by RTR » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:25 am

There is plenty of excellent advise in this thread. There is a lot of planning and some upkeep effort in a show tank such as Pufferpunk, bertie, and JRc3 discuss, but no tank is ever labor-free. In the long run, for me live plants are easier but there is a learning curve there as well.

Some minor rearrangement periodically helps stimulate the fish's activity as well. For the SW fish - including the GSPs, FOWLR +skimmer + marcoalfae refugium is likely optimum and money and time-saving in the long run...
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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Headstrng » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:22 am

Is there a thread somewhere that people have posted their tank setup? That's be ideal to see how puffer-focued owners are decorating their tanks.

PP - That pic you posted looks awesome.

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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by bertie 83 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:11 pm

Im sure there's a "show off your tank" thread somewhere
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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2 T biocellatus
C valentini
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C papuan
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lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
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Re: Dynamic Environments Help Fish

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:29 pm

Cinder wrote:
Pufferpunk wrote:Beware--I had to take everything out & bleach it monthly. Live rock & a good skimmer, goes a loooooong way for filtration!
Do you have two GSP's in there?
Yes, but eventually had to rehome--not enough swimming room for 2 adults.
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!"

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