Talk:Dwarf pufferfish

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Needs a lot of work[edit]

This article is poor. It assumes everyone reading it is keeping these things as pets. Surprise, these fish live in the wild, and the bulk of the article should be about what countries they come from, what environments they inhabit, what foods they eat, etc. The list of what they eat in the aquarium is nice, but freshwater pufferfish certainly aren't eating mysids or krill in the wild, so as far as "facts" go these aren't helpful in the least and actually very misleading. There's virtually no ecology here worth anything, and nothing at all about phylogeny. What on earth is "personality" when discussing wild fish?

The references all seem to direct to the same web site, which is an aquarium-oriented one. Let's have some citations from scientific papers, general fish biology books, etc.

If I get some time, I'm tempted to blank the entire thing and start over. Comments?

Cheers, Neale Neale Monks 23:35, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

why don't you do something about it. besides, it would be impossible for every article on every fish, even obscure ones such as the dwarf puffer, to be full of information. —Preceding unsigned comment added by user name or IP (talkcontribs) date
I already have made changes to Carinotetraodon and some of the pufferfish articles such as Tetraodontidae and Fugu. But I didn't want to upset earlier editors of this particular articles without getting their feedback first. Cheers, Neale Neale Monks 12:48, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Is it possible to keep these fish with cichlids?

Lsuacner (talk) 12:24, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Total rewrite[edit]

OK, I've done the job and made the article one about the biology of the fish. Please note that while editors may wish to expand the section of aquarium maintenance, observations of "personality" and "favourite foods" don't belong in the science sections. Dwarf pufferfish don't eat pond snails or krill or flake food *in the wild*. So don't say that they do. Also, any references should be verifiable, i.e., not web pages but printed magazine articles or books. Ebert's Aqualog book is probably the best for that, but there may be others.

What this article does need is more stuff taken from the scientific literature, for example on longevity in the wild, phylogeny, value to local populations as food or for export, and so on.

Cheers, Neale Neale Monks 17:45, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

I just did a quick copyedit, tried to place all the aquarium related stuff in one place (the aquarium section) and keep it short. But it's still longer than any other section here, apologies for that, unfortunately we seem to know more practical info about these fish from the aquarium community than other sources.. I added a link to dwarfpuffers.com, since it's a well-regarded noncommercial site for the aquarium hobbyists.
The 'reproduction' section still needs a cleanup, since it basically only covers aquarium breeding. I could not see an easy way to do that, so have left it alone.
EasyTarget (talk) 09:41, 3 July 2008 (UTC)