Overfeeding Puffers

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Anjin
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Anjin » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:48 am

I dump a bunch of scuds in the tank every few days. My baby fahaka loves to chase them for the prize. Action/reaction and plenty of exercise chasing the tiny little morsels about.

I did have a half dozen cherry shrimp in there, as well some amano and a couple otos. Plus one golden snail the size of a golfball. When puff is hungry, or just bored, everything is stalked. Cherry shrimp went first, even though they are quite agile. Otos I pulled out due to fin nips. And the snail is just too big, but I am sure some day, puff will find a way.

It is pretty amusing watching the stalking. As the puffer slowly drifts closer and closer, careful not to look directly at its target, acting all nonchalant and uninterested till BAM.

I was curious on the recommendations to only feed them once every couple days, if not just a couple times a week. The puffer is relentless when it is hungry. But does seem to stop eating when its tummy it round and full. Then just wanders about and is happy to have company it seems. In the wild, they must get opportunities for feeding fairly frequently. They certainly do patrol with intent pretty constantly a few hours after last feeding.

How do folks control things like biofilms, algae, etc? I am used to letting the cleaner crews keep things tidy. But if puff eats them constantly... :)

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Anjin » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:04 pm

We decided to name our fahaka Huey, because of the helicopter like hovering and movement. I flew for the Army, so it felt right.

Regardless... Huey today figured out how to pry the freshwater limpets off the glass. I am impressed, because I really thought those would be impossible to remove from the glass. Perhaps it feel off, and from the underside, they are just like a little abalone. Shrug. The amusement is in the picture:

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And another of Huey sitting on the Puffer Throne:

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Anjin » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:24 pm

My missus and I were pondering the concept of overfeeding. We considered the rules of evolution, as well what we might presume might be rules of creation. For example, a puffer is a top level predator. Not just a little puff ball that floats about, but they own their environments. Yet they carry two amazing defense systems, one being the ability to puff. The other, one of the most deadly toxins known to the natural world.

Why?

Could it be because they make a habit of eating so much they get all fat and happy and just laze around? In a 'turkey day' haze, fat and happy from a fresh kill, stuffed till they act like a weeble and just wobble around? Because they are packing defensive tools that suddenly make a whole lot of sense, regardless of if you believe in evolution or creationism, when you factor into the equation a behavior of eating so much they become pretty much immobile on a regular basis. All puffed up and deadly to bite, makes sense when your so stuffed to the gills you just don't care :)

Regardless, I am not saying we should over feed our fish. Nor will I be shoveling the food into my little water puppy by the bucket. There are always a few extra snails, a lost shrimp or two, and bits of food that mine will nibble at between feedings. But the curious part of my mind wonders..

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:52 pm

I love how you think!
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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