I purchased him when he was under an inch from a local pet store. I did not realize their aggressive potential. He was marked as a community fish, and I suckered into the purchase. He was living in my 55 gallon community tank with a baby elephant nose, kuhli loaches, and some glass cats and blue tetras. He is now close to 4 inches long. I've had guppies go missing over the months. Never found the bodies, but I figured it was the khuli loaches cleaning up. Last night I noticed circle bites on my elephant nose, so I pulled the syn out. What are my options for him, I don't have a cichlid tank, I set up a brackish green spotted puffer tank instead. The puffers are still small, maybe about 2 inches. I also have a freshwater dwarf puffer tank, they are still babies, maybe a little bigger than a fat pea. I know I can trade him in, but I do like him.
I was concerned for my small elephant nose and pulled him out last night. I put him in a large vase (not the one pictured, that was right after I pulled him out while I was thinking what to do for the night) with a well rooted peace lily for hiding, a heater (78 degrees) and air pump for the night. Today I'm looking at my options for him. I have a snail tank with some male guppies growing up. I may be able to move them to the community tank and hope he don't eat all the puffer's snails if he can't go in with either puffers. My GSP were bullied by a mollie I put in there to help with algae... not sure he will be a good tank "friend" and it's at 1.005 with the salt. Am I looking at another well planted tank for just him??? I do like cichlids... but the puffers cuteness won me over at that time.
Thanks for your help!
Here are some pictures, sorry for the quality. I'm 90% sure he is a syn hybrid.