Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

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Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by NJD » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:46 am

Hi all,

I am going to plant two of my puffer tanks (a 500L and a 200L). My experience with live plants to date has not been great.

What chemicals do you use to keep the plants alive?

Is there any chemicals that I should avoid that puffers are sensitive to?

Thanks

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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by pufferjw » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:57 pm

What type of puffers are in those tanks? Many will either uproot plants while burrowing or destroy them while hunting.
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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by astrid37 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:19 am

I haven't had too much of an issue with incidental plant destruction with my schoutedeni but don't know about other puffers. I don't use chemicals in the water, I just make sure that they have appropriate lighting and so far, everything in the various tanks is looking pretty good. I am growing Val, anubias, c. wendtii, hygro, and bolbitis this way.

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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by ramp005 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:31 pm

My smaller puffers, up to 4-5" don't seem to bother my plants, with the occasional cut in a crypt leaf.
My young fahaka (which is growing fast) tears up crypt leafs but larger leaved plants like Anubias & Nymphea he leaves alone. I recommend Anubias glued or bound on rock or driftwood (what I'm doing this week in my new, larger fahaka tank).
I use standard liquid aquarium fertilizer almost every day in my puffer tanks.

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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by NJD » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:18 am

Thanks Ramp,

What are you feeding your fahaka??

I bought a baby one last month, about 1-2 inches, he was super skinny and he doesn't seem to be growing or gaining weight.

I have dewormed him (soaked his food in flubendozol for 5 days and definitely saw worms coming out)

so not sure what to try. looking at the pic of yours from your schoutedeni thread, he looks much fatter than frank! ( My fahaka)

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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:23 am

You may need to deworm again. Try using something else, like Metro. Some worms only die from certain meds.
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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by NJD » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:36 am

thanks whats metro?

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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by ramp005 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:13 pm

NJD wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:18 am
Thanks Ramp,
What are you feeding your fahaka??
I bought a baby one last month, about 1-2 inches, he was super skinny and he doesn't seem to be growing or gaining weight.
I have dewormed him (soaked his food in flubendozol for 5 days and definitely saw worms coming out)
so not sure what to try. looking at the pic of yours from your schoutedeni thread, he looks much fatter than frank! ( My fahaka)
Like pufferpunk said, deworm again.
As for food, I feed; frozen red mosquito larvea, cut clam meet, as for life food; black worms, cut, small eartworms, ramshorn snails. NO fish, poultry or meat products as they can't digest te last 2 properly and leads to illness.
Mine only eats food that he can fit into its mouth, so snail7s not bigger than 2-3 mm.
I also found that he eats best when water temp. is 26°C - 79°F.
The pic was taken a few weeks ago. Check out a vid on my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9tqea ... 1c-hMOWSfQ) and update/feeding video will be posted there at the end of the week (he already doubled in size).
I feed ones or twice a day, 6 days a week at the moment.

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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by ramp005 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:21 pm

NJD wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:18 am
Thanks Ramp,
What are you feeding your fahaka??
I bought a baby one last month, about 1-2 inches, he was super skinny and he doesn't seem to be growing or gaining weight.
I have dewormed him (soaked his food in flubendozol for 5 days and definitely saw worms coming out)
so not sure what to try. looking at the pic of yours from your schoutedeni thread, he looks much fatter than frank! ( My fahaka)
Answered your questions here: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=36971&p=369635#p369635

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Re: Keeping plants alive in puffer tanks

Post by Mharr31 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:46 pm

I have quite a few different plants, but I’ve found that my GSP loves to eat the little onion plants and to uproot the bulbs.

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