Setting Up a New Figure 8 Puffer Tank

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Setting Up a New Figure 8 Puffer Tank

Post by Carla89 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:07 pm

Hello Everyone,

I am new to this forum!! I recently came into possession of a Fluval Flex Aquarium 15 Gallon Tank (will upgrade when needed) and I would like to create a brackish tank for a Figure 8 Puffer. I have some questions regarding setting up the tank::

1) Do I need to get a second filter or can the one the comes in the tank be enough? (it is a 3 stage filter with mechanical (foam), chemical (carbon), and biological (BioMax) media). If I need a second filter what do you guys recommend?

2) Would sand be a good substrate or should I use gravel?

3) Can I use silk/plastic plants or do I have to use live plants?

4) How would I cycle a tank to become brackish?

5) How do I go about breeding snails to feed the puffer?

Thank you so much for helping me with my questions. I want to give the puffer the best possible tank I can.

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Re: Setting Up a New Figure 8 Puffer Tank

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:51 pm

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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