Taking the plunge again after almost 10years

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    Hi everybody

    So after a lot of thinking, research, encouragement from my other half who is a manager at an LFS and seeing a dog faced puffer at the shop, I've decided to setup a tank just for him.

    He is about 11cm big, from the research I've done the largest on record is 9" ,but their growth slows significantly after 4". I've got a spare tank that's currently cycling it's 90cmx46cmx46cm ,working in displacement and water level it's about 165l .

    Would the puffer be ok alone in this setup for 2-3 months while I move my freshwater fish? And if it is only him with live rock, a canister filter and large water changes would I still need a skimmer?

    Any other hints and tips would be greatly appreciated thanks
     
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    welcome!

    that should be fine, LR and light feeding with 10L per week is fine, maybe once a week test NH4 to see its in check but no issues i can see
     
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    you might get some unsightly algae but for 1 fish and 3 months its livable
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. Luckily my other half will be cleaning the tank because I physically can't :m01:
    so the algae will be his problem!
    But I don't want the puff to just survive, would like him to be happy and comfortable.
    I have freshwater and brackish water puffers and very excited about finally getting a marine.
     
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    Was thinking maybe a 20l change weekly?
     
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    for fish you only have to worry about ph and NH4, so if those are good, he will be fine, keep him fed and he will be great, think of it a 3month quarantine and acclimation
     
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    if the tank is cycled and NH4 and NO2 are 0 then more than 10L will be a waste IMHO, as for nutrient control that will have to be determined once the fish is in for a week or so, but add macro algae to the tank to control nitrates and po4
     
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    Wow thank you very much again!
     
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    anytime, got any more Q's ask away
     
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    After I've moved my freshwater fish the puff will have a 6ft all to himself, what equipment should I start saving for? Lol It will probably still just be him and live rock.
     
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    just a skimmer, and something for nutrient control, is there a sump?
     
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    The tank has one of those side built in filters. Nutrient control?
     
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    Can you post a pic? Maybe a hangon skimmer. Nutrient control is removing of nitrates and phosphates, the 2 that grow nuisance algae
     
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    Read up on Dog face puffers. You will have to attend to it's beak in time.
     
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    Of which tank should I post a pic? I've read a lot about their care which is very similar to brackish puffers when it comes to their beaks, enough hard food and there shouldn't be a problem. Is there special equipment for the nutrient control? Or is a wc enough?
     
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    I would say get a skimmer and good quality live rock for now as well as water changes. Macro algae exports nitrates and phosphates. You might also want to look at the thread by @aquaria sa about their new nitrate and phosphate removing tablets. It's on the thread called look out for this thread. That you could put on the filter.
    For live rock I would go with real reef rock as it has nice colour for a fowler tank.
     
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    When you get the 6 foot the big will have bitten and you most probably will want to get a full blown predator system.;)
     
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    I'm already thinking of a few dither fish :m13:
     
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