Unfortunately the dwarf puffer fish we had all turned out to be males that hadn’t fully matured in their colours which resulted in a sudden pubescent eruption of whose boss, which turned nasty very quickly, plus reaching havoc on all the other tank mates that they had peacefully swum with before. Above is an image of two of the puffs, the one on the left is (if you can believe it, so tiny!) puffing up, or sizing up to the other puffer fish.
Needless to say we had to take the puffs back to Maidenhead and instead have been working on a few new additions! that’s the beauty of fish keeping you never know whats going to happen! even if your 100% sure read loads of books and asked loads of people, things still go wrong. However the picture below shows the absolute gems we picked up as a result,
(displaying male rainbow)
Because we have a good relationship with the members of staff at the Maidenhead aquatics; logo below,
they where happy to take the puffers back as they were bought at a young age so no way of really knowing, and traded us the beautiful orange and electric blue rainbow fish smaller cousin to the larger rainbow fish and the rice fish which is blue bodied with red fins, they are fantastic little characters reaching approx 5 to 7 cm in length perfect for nano aquariums or aquascapes, they don’t eat plant matter either so perfect for a fully planted tank!
The Goby was pretty relieved to have the puffs gone and now spends a lot more time out the front of the tank sitting on rocks in the current as she matures her top fin with turn yellow (you can see it turning slightly in the image) as she matures but will stay the size of a Lego figure! The other Goby turned out to be male and is now in my tank happy and safe as they weren’t quite a match just like the puff but i couldn’t bare to let such a gem of a fish return to the shop he now chills with my red whiptail catfish.
My boyfriend also bought some cherry shrimp! for the even smaller tank we have, these guys are like tiny chilies! if you love staring at things, then these are the dudes to get you in the zone plus they keep your plants so clean, i can understand why they are quickly becoming a huge part of fish keeping (just make sure you get the water quality out they are not as hardy as armano shrimp the common clear coloured ones you may have seen at the store)
i will upload more of what the tank looks like currently, we are however having a dispute as bout possibly going marine, saltwater, we love a challenge and growing corals really excites us, plus my boyfriend is obsessed with gobies, crustaceans and finding the smallest fish he can own.
Stay tuned to see what happens i will keep you informed and upload a present image of the tank, ideas would be welcome, we are still feeling the burn from not being able to keep the puffs 😦