02-11-2012, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by CAangels16
These two fish are not compatible with each other. Puffers are considered to be aggressive fish and bumble bee gobys are considered a peaceful fish. The gobys will be eatin within a matter of minutes if you put them together.
Actually, figure 8 puffers are one of the friendliest puffers. I have a brackish tank with 2 figure 8 puffers and a swarm of bumblebee gobies. None of the gobies have gone missing as they all have caves to hang out in if they wish. There are more issues in the goby swarm than with the puffers as they squabble overr their territories at times.
If the tank is set up and the gobies go in first and get settled, adding the figure 8 puffers after that will be fine imho. They will see it that the gobies were there first and be less inclined to see them as food. Plenty of planting to break up the line of sight for the puffers will also help. Keep the puffers well fed and I can't see any issues at all with that combo.
Obviously, some puffers are definately species only, but fig 8's aren't too bad. Orange chromis are also a possible tankmate or florida flagfish which are feisty enough to level up with the puffers, the latter of which I have also kept with my puffers.