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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:11 am Post subject: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 I  lost  one  of  my  puffer  fish  yesterday.
 Getting  them  to  eat  is  proving  really  hard.
 
 I  have  tried  prawns.  Mussels  etc.
 
 Went  to  a  Few  LFS  and  asked  them  about  care  for  the  puffer.
 
 a.  Puffer  are  Brackish  water  fish  but  you  can  move  them  between  Brackish  and  fresh  water.  It  has  to  be  done  slowlly  over  a  period  of  2  months.
 b.  They  are  no  popular  because  of  their  fussy  eating  i.e.  its  very  hard  to  get  them  intrested  in  food.
 They  will  not  eat  Blood  worms  or  pelats  or  flakes.  They  need  snails.  The  size  of  their  eyes.
 
 So  where  can  I  source  snails  from.  
 How  do  I  set  up  a  breeding  tub  of  snails.  
 
 What  else  can  I  try  to  feed  my  guy.
 One  thing  is  for  sure.  I  am  going  to  keep  these  little  guys  not  matter  what  it  takes.
 
 Am  shopping  for  small  snails  but  cant  find  any.
 Have  looked  high  and  low.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:12 am Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 Bloodworms,  Mysis.  Preferably  live.  Snails  as  an  occasional  treat.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:42 am Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Chinoy  if  you  have  friends  in  bangalore,  who  have  planted  tanks  ,  I  am  sure  a  lot  of  them  have  a  lot  of  snails  of  small  size  to  spare  and  will  be  glad  to  give  them  to  you.  Get  a  few  and  you  will  have  a  million  one  day....
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:09 am Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 Thanks  Nirav  but  all  the  guys  I  know  and  people  who  started  keeping  fish  after  seeing  me  take  it  up.  All  went  the  Chichlid  way.
 
 Thanks  Rahul.  I  did  try  the  Blood  worms  the  kind  they  sell  in  LFS  but  he  wont  bite.
 He  did  eat  Clams  with  gr8  gusto  but  Local  Fish  market  are  out  of  stock.  Next  time  I  will  pick  up  a  few  Kgs  and  keep  them  in  the  freezer.
 
 Found  two  snails  after  hunting  for  a  few  hours  but  they  where  the  size  of  my  fist.  No  way  my  guy  woul  be  able  to  eat  them.
 Told  all  the  LFS  in  my  Area  to  hunt  for  small  snails.  Lets  see  what  they  turn  up.  He  hasn't  eaten  anything  in  24  hours.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:53 am Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 Chinoy  they  will  eat  the  big  guys  too...drop  them  in  his  tank  and  give  him  some  time.  I  have  never  seen  mine  eat  a  snail,  but  it  would  always  be  cleaned  up  after  a  while...will  find  only  an  empty  shell.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:00 am Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 Is  it  a  dwarf  puffer  (Carinotetraodon  travancoricus)?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:14 pm Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 http://www.insideaquatics.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=124
 
 Ceylon  Puffer.
 Aprox  1.5"
 I  spent  1  hour  looking  for  live  earth  worms.
 Put  the  worms  and  the  puffer  in  the  net.  
 The  moron  just  ignored  them.  ANd  the  other  fish  pulled  the  worms  thru  the  net.
 
 They  are  really  slow  eaters.  They  aren't  going  to  stand  a  chance  in  a  community  tank.
 As  soon  as  the  Jewel  fry  are  grown  a  little  I  will  move  him  into  the  breeding  tank.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:04 pm Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  did  try  the  Blood  worms  the  kind  they  sell  in  LFS  but  he  wont  bite.                

 
 Live  ones?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:54 pm Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 No  the  packet  ones.  None  of  the  LFS  near  my  place  have  live  worms.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:42 am Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 hmmm..mine  actually  eats  dried  bloodworms  pretty  well..fortunately  i  have  a  good  supply  of  snails  also..they  somehow  found  their  way  into  my  oscar  tank..and  have  been  multiplying  in  the  canister  filter  ever  since..what  i  do  is..when  i  find  some..i  put  them  into  a  box  with  a  little  sand  and  some  leaves  to  eat..they  usually  multiply  like  crazy..just  make  sure  the  environment  is  moist  and  ensure  the  water  is  clean..
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:21 am Post subject: Re: Food for Puffer fish ? Reply with quote

 Sadly  I  lost  both  Puffers.
 
 Called  in  somebody  to  see  why.
 
 Was  told  the  water  temp  was  too  cold.  
 
 So  purchased  a  new  heater  and  am  on  the  look  out  for  Puffers  again.
 
 Still  not  sure  if  they  can  be  kept  in  fresh  water  or  they  need  brackish  water.
 
 Anyway  on  the  lookout  for  new  Puffer.  I  suspect  they  both  came  to  me  badly  infected  with  worms.  Which  in  turn  infected  my  other  fish.
 Anyway  all  the  fish  are  being  de-wormed  with  Metrogyl.
 This  would  account  for  their  poor  apatite  and  refusing  to  eat  anything.  
 
 They  where  kept  in  a  very  bad  way  when  I  picked  them  up.
 This  is  the  only  fish  the  Boss  Likes.  So  have  to  get  it.  
 
 Even  went  back  to  the  shop  to  ask  what  they  eat  and  if  he  had  any  left.  Seems  all  the  stock  he  had  died  also.
 LFS  guy  says  they  will  eat  TubeFix  worms  and  Blood  worms.
 
 My  guys  just  didnt  want  to  eat  anything.
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