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fishhead 02-18-2008 09:36 AM

I feel I may have acted rashly...
I've added two Pea Puffers to my 12g tank (5 Rasboras, 1 Hillstream) and am having second thoughts. I only added them just yesterday, but have read everything from they're model community fish:

to they'll eventually eat everything else. My LFS gave me the all clear obviously, and I did tell them my tank details.

Any advice? So far they seem ok. It appears I have one male and one female. They haven't shown any aggression to anyone as of yet, though they are the newbies.

herefishy 02-18-2008 09:51 AM

Mike Hellweg is a god, a true fish god. I had the opportunity to hear him speak at a large show in Detroit some years back. (The presentation later in one of the courtesy rooms was much better) He really knows his stuff. If he says it won't work, chances won't work.

I would either set up a new tank for the puffers or return them. I'd then take the lfs employee out back and convince him of the wrongfulness of his ways. lol Just kidding there. But, I might consider looking for another lfs. It seems this one tries to dazzle you with their brilliance, but, instead baffles you with their BS.

fishhead 02-18-2008 10:08 AM

Well....he seems to say they WILL work....


Not only are they interesting and peaceful, you can keep them in groups, and keep the groups with other fish without many problems.

Holly 02-18-2008 07:57 PM

I know your in NJ (so am I) so I'm curious where you went. I can't find any good stores around and I'm looking within 2 hours driving distance from the middle of the state!

fishhead 02-19-2008 06:28 AM

Went to Precious Pets in Ewing, NJ. In general, they seem to have the healthiest fish around.

So far, one puffer is chasing the other one around a little; not constantly and it doesn't seem to be seeking it out to chase; more like when it sees it, it shoos it away.

Both are completely ignoring the other fish.

Holly 02-19-2008 12:52 PM

Maybe I'll have to check them out. That's only about 45 minutes. The puffers are small still aren't they? I'm sure they will get more aggressive as they get older.

fishhead 02-19-2008 01:34 PM

Yes, both are small, about a half inch long. At this point I suppose I'll just keep an eye on them and see about finding room for a 5-6 gallon tank for them if/when they turn nippy.

The store has given me good advice in the past. I've asked them 'trick' questions I knew the answer to to gauge their level of knowledge and they passed (like about chinese algae eaters becoming large, aggressive, and not so good at eating algae). It annoys me that I asked the right questions about the puffers (gave tank size and tank mates and asked about temperment) and was told incorrectly. Initially I was told they eat flake food too.

But like I said the tanks are pretty clean and the fish healthy.

okiemavis 02-19-2008 02:51 PM

Now's a good chance to start planting your tank more heavily too. There more your puffers line of sight is interrupted, the less the two will fight, as they'll both be able to have their own territories. It also gives your other fish more places to hide.

fishhead 02-19-2008 03:01 PM is starting to nip at the rasboras. It went after the largest one, which turned and nipped back(!).

So an auxillary tank seems in the offing. These guys are neat and I really don't want to return them...

Holly 02-19-2008 07:10 PM

I agree. Maybe my next tank will be a small puffer tank. That's saying that my hubby wouldn't throw me out after he finds out how much I'm spending on my 55g!! The order last night was $250..mostly on substrate!! :lol:

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