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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-12-2006, 06:05 PM
 
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The pea puffers are purely fresh water. Brackish will actually be detrimental to their health.
They usually do fine in a tank with other fish as long as they have plenty of hiding spaces, preferrably live plants. If you're keeping just the puffers, I believe the rule of thumb is 6 gallons for every adult puffer because of their territorial nature. They're also really nice if you have a snail problem :D
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Thank you Ramirezi160 :D

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i almost bought some at the pet store tonite...but they had them in the tank with rosy barbs and the guy said that there was only one left becuz they cornered the barbs and ate them...and keep in mind that these DPs are only about 1/2 long...IF that...lol

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Yes, they can be quite savage.

If I was to decide to get one, I wouldn't keep anything else in the tank with it.

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otos do fine with my puffers for some reason, they will nip at angels, livebearers, bettas, etc tho
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Agreed with Katherine... those little guys can chew the snot out of anything, and they do it quickly. They require a freshwater species only tank, with plenty of small ram's horn snails for food.
The figure 8's and spotted puffers are purely brackish, will get larger, and are just as aggressive and nippy. Again, species only tank for most part. I have found 1 type of goby that thrives with the brackish puffers, provided it's a large enough tank and there is plenty of smaller cave spaces down low for it to hide in all over the tank. The knight goby. They're a pretty fish with bright blue eyes and very pretty markings.

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Pondering getting one or three of these. I had heard 3 gallon/fish, 2 to 1 Female to male (lucky little beasties).

I have two tanks that generate snails like mad, so feeding shouldn't be a problem. I'm thinking eithe 1 in a 2.5 gallon tank or 3 in a 10. Actually, I am starting to visualize the 10, with some of the really tiny flowerpots buried, a glosso lawn, and the Japanese Three Rocks thing going on. (Anybody know if Lapidarite is safe in fish tanks? It's a beautiful sparkly purple. If not, I have rose quartz or giant beryls to use.) Maybe somedried Bamboo to break up the sight lines.

In any case. would 1 in a 2.5 even work?

Please, anyone who wants to give a data dump on these critter, dive in, and anyone who has a small tank setup for puffers, pix would be most welcome.

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Hi tophat, let me see if I can help you here. It IS possible to put one into a 2.5 gallon, but I don't suggest it. It's a difficult situation to maintain, and with needing a heater, it can be difficult to keep temp under control and find a heater of the right size. It's also quite a squeeze with waste levels when the fish gets a bit bigger. The size of filter that will even fit onto a 2.5 gallon makes for a somewhat crowded and unattractive aquarium. I've done it when I took in an orphan for a while, I had nowhere else to put it, so gave it one of my 2.5 gallon mini bow tanks until I could find it a home. I wouldn't do it again or for a permanent tank. Now, the scenario of 3 in a 10 gallon is good, even better would be 3 in a 15 gallon. I will say LOTS OF PLANTS for these guys, they're playful as much as they're aggressive, and they all have individual personalities that you'll soon fall in love with. If you don't want to try live plants, silk is the next best thing because they move around more like a real plant and they last longer. They're also weighted on the bottom so they don't float when moved or disturbed. Rock structure with the plants would make for a perfect home for the puffers.
If it were my tank, I'd cycle it with a few small feeder guppies so that when ready, the puffers will have something to chase around instead of each other. Regular water changes, foods other than the snails offered often without overfeeding, and lights turned out at night, and they should do wonderfully.
Let us know what you decide to do and if you need any other help.

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Any chance of having some dwarf puffers in a 46g with other fish? or will they still go after the others?
Trying to decide my centerpiece fish. down to Kuhlii Loach, Dwarf Puffers, or Boesemani Rainbow. :-/
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