Absolute Beginner care for figure 8 puffer

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tanglefoot2005
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Absolute Beginner care for figure 8 puffer

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This is a funny story, I went to a fish store to buy a pea puffer, after I had set up a tank for it. After leaving the store and getting into car and driving home, I realized I had purchased a figure 8 puffer, the store did not accept returns, therefore I had to keep it.(lucky for me I fell in love instantly)


Back on topic, I need advice on tank setup and care for the puffer.
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Re: Absolute Beginner care for figure 8 puffer

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Welcome!
Let's start with, how did you cycle this tank?
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: Absolute Beginner care for figure 8 puffer

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I set up sand as the substrate, then added plants(Anubis) and rocks. I also ran a filter and heater. The tank cycled for multiple weeks until the water perimeters were perfect(for a pea puffer). The Ph was around 8 and ammonia/nitrates/nitrites were at 0. I already got a new brackish tank and have started to set it up. The f8 is currently in the tank from before and is looking fine, though I want to get it out of there as soon as possible.
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Re: Absolute Beginner care for figure 8 puffer

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Unfortunately your tank is not cycled, this is why all your parameters are 0. A cycled tank will show nitrate. Anubis won't fare well in BW.
library/water-filtration/fishless-cycling/
library/water-filtration/emergencycycle/

library/puffers-in-focus/fig8/
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: Absolute Beginner care for figure 8 puffer

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sorry, I got my nitrates at nitrite test results mixed up, I have a nitrate of 5.0 exactly. also the puffer seems healthy and is inspecting the tank(hovering over rocks)
Last edited by tanglefoot2005 on Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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C valentini
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C papuan
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lorteti
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suvattii
burrfish
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Re: Absolute Beginner care for figure 8 puffer

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Great! Be sure to read the last article I posted.
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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