My name is Tristyn. 24 years old. In love with Kaitlyn. Working with a four year psychology degree in the mental health field of emergency adult crisis stabalization. Obsessions currently are work, betta fish, puffers, crested geckos, a variety of video games, and cross-stitching. This blog is for things I find interesting, pet photos, and possibly craft updates. Feel free to ask me anything about bettas, crafting, and life after college.
TIME 4 ANOTHER GIVEAWAY
w my billz finally paid off i figure doin a loot crate would be nice - if yall dunno what loot crate is, it’s basically a little box that comes in every month with some neato little nerdy toys/gadgets/tshirts.
1ST Prize will be a 6 month worth of Loot Crate
2ND prize will be 3 months of Loot Crate
3RD prize will be one month, one box, of Loot Crate.
Just like last giveaway, reblogs and likes will get ur chances in. Followers will get a bonus gift, either an extra tshirt (a SPOOKY theme), some Halloween candy, or a personal pick outta my horror movie collection. (U can choose outta the three- that way if u don’t like scary movies, u can opt for a shirt or 10$ worth of candy)
Winners must be okay with giving me their address and shirt sizes- this is stuff they ask for on the site for the boxes.
Lets end this giveaway on HALLOWEEN.
I’m suddenly curious to know :D
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Two crested geckos, 8 female bettas, 2 nerite snails. Soon to have 6 cory cats hopefully ;D
thevampireiris said: I was thinking of two Dwarf Puffs possibly! My husband likes super active fish and after seeing all your puff posts I think this might be the perfect fish. Thank you so much for the info and the website link! I am unsure of what Brackish means, could you give a basic idea? (I will be doing lots of research and cycling the tank before I get any puffs.)
Dwarf puffs are wonderful little things! They are HUGELY active AND they recognize their human-blobs. (I like to play “follow the face” with Hush and Freckle…they are the worst beggars). They never stop moving and they’re crazy interactive.
Brackish water is freshwater with a slight salinity to it (specific gravity between 1.005-1.012.) You don’t have to worry about that though- F8s are brackish, Dwarf puffs are fresh!
If you haven’t gotten the tank yet, I would recommend getting a 15 gal with three puffs. Why three instead of two? Bullying. :P Hush and Freckle pick on each other constantly, and if I’d had the foresight to get a 15 gal instead of a 10 gal, along with a third puff, I wouldn’t have as much of a problem. There’s also the gender ratio: you generally want 3 female dwarf puffs for every two males (or two females and a male). This can be difficult to attain, however, because juveniles can be a little difficult to sex. Adults have definite signs (males have iridescent cracks near the eye and darker bellies), but they don’t always exhibit these as babies. I THOUGHT i was going the safe route and getting two females. Hush started showing signs of being a male early spring. Damnit hush. Luckily they don’t bully each other too much, and if it ever gets to be too much of a problem, I have spare tanks to separate them.
Specifics for dwarf puff care:
-a fully cycled tank. Puffers are scaleless fish and do NOT handle ammonia burn at all. This goes for most medications and tank chemicals as well.
-heavily planted tank, with lots of hides and places to explore
-sand sand sand sand. I went with gravel and it’s THE WORST. traps all kinds of puff waste and scraps of food.
-temp of about 78 degree
-snails, frozen bloodworms, and a potential source of live blackworms. DPs are famous for going on hunger strikes, so don’t be alarmed if they don’t eat right away when you get them home.
I know the puffer forum has a Puffers in Focus article on Dwarf Puffs, so happy reading! :D Shoot me an ask with any other specifics you’d like.
I have a 20gallon tank I am going to be re-setting up. I’m horrible at keeping plants alive, are silk ones ok as a substitute or should I just try really hard for live plants? I really appreciate all the information you have provided for me! I’m glad I can have 3 puffs, they seem like such fun!
Oh gosh, with 20 gal YOU COULD HAVE FIVE PUFFS :D 3 females, two males! tyrannosaurustristyn had a similar set up that’s now a betta sorority AND HE SHOULD REALLY POST PICTURES OF BOTH D<…. :P
Silk plants are perfectly fine, I suck at keeping plants alive too. Mine have never complained C: Just make sure there are lots of places to hide.
And it’s no problem, I’m happy to help. PUFF JOY FOR ALL. PUFFRISING 2014.
5 PUFFS?! Does it matter that the 20gal isn’t a long? I am so excited for puffs. I feel in love with them when I worked at a petstore that carried them. I used to feed them shrimps and snails. They were so cute and the one (I named him/her pooof) used to carry his/her snails around the tank and spit it at the glass when I walked by. So for 5 puffs what kind of filter would you recommend? (I might actually be upgrading my tank to a 30-40gallon at some point so I don’t mind getting a canister.)
OH GOSH THAT’S CUTE. SNAIL-CARRYING PUFFFF
Longs are usually BETTER, but Feather’s in a high and he’s doing fine. It just affords more horizontal swimming room.
I generally recommend Aquaclear HOB filters (ditch the cartridge for a sponge, sponges last forever), OR Marineland’s Penguin Bio-Wheel series (HOB, again, ditch the cartridge for a sponge).
Right now i have a Marineland Penguin 200 (for 50 gal) on Feather’s 20 gal and I adore it. It’s a little messy with the bio wheel’s spraying occasionally causing salt creep (#brackishwater problems), but god it’s nice to have two sources of bacteria (sponge and wheel). Their customer service is great, and mine are utterly silent. I have a Penguin 100 (for a 20 gal) on the ten gal for the DPs and it’s nice too. We got Mike a 200 for his 20 gal as well, and I don’t think he’s had any problems with it.
I don’t really think you’d need a canister for a tank that small, but I don’t really know much about canisters in general. The extra filtration certainly wouldn’t hurt!
I have an Aquaclear 30 on the tank that the puffer 5 lived in and it worked beautifully on my 20 gallon. I did weekly 50% water changes with it and the tests were always in the clear. o3o Bigger is always better but the 30 had a flow that was just right for the puffs to swim through, since they’re not the strongest swimmers. Always gonna recommend Aquaclears <3 Go bigger if you think you’d update to a bigger tank, save money in the long run. Long as the flow isn’t too hard on the puffs.
Also, my puffer 5 lived in a 20 high and it worked out fine. I bought the tank before I really knew the difference between high and long, and the high was cheaper/easier to get a stand for in my town so that’s what I bought. A long would be better if you want more decorations, but it will also cost a bit more to decorate with that said. o3o
A tribute to the puffer five. My little sweeties lived with me in two homes over the span of a year. My first cycled tank experience. They will always have a soft spot in my heart.
I had four lady fish and a boy: Thor, Bobbin, Boop, Beans, and Oodles. They lived with ghost shrimps in the 20 gallon planted seen above. The plants are a mix of plastic, Java fern, Anubias, moss balls, and various bulb lilies from Walmart. There were also tons of hidey caves.
I loved my little puffs. They eventually faded away with a few mystery illnesses. SIP puff puff five.