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Katydid 03-15-2009 09:09 AM

question about Puffers
I've been a contract worker for a long time now, but with the economy the way it is, I have finally settled down with a regular a reward for this, I am going to set up my first aquarium in years. So I consider myself a newbie.

Ive been fascinated with some of the smaller puffer fish. Unfortunately after doing my research I see they are fairly agressive. Despite knowing this I still seem to want to have puffers in my aquarium. I would like to include some other types of fish, but I really dont want to start a cycle of fin nipping and aggression.

Ive heard that fast moving fish (Barbs, some tetras and glass fish) can do well with wellfed puffers in an appropriate sized tank.
Can someone give me some suggestions? I really do like the little dwarf puffers, but they really do seem a bit difficult to handle, I see some reports of great fish and others of just carnage in the aquarium....

Thanks in Advance! I will be setting up my tank in the beginning of april, so probably stocking it in May but, thinking ahead of course. :D

Cody 03-15-2009 12:30 PM

Puffers are really best kept alone. Most of the brackish ones can have some tankmates, though.

And that is the thing... all the "common" puffers are either full marine or brackish, except the Dwarf Puffer.

veganchick 03-15-2009 12:48 PM

also, puffers are fairly hard to care for, and are better for people with more experience.

Katydid 03-15-2009 06:14 PM

I probably should have added that one of my "illustrious" jobs in college was to maintain about 6 tanks of disease free snails in saltwater....required hours of filtering sea water etc....So while I haven't had an aquarium in a while, I'm pretty good at the maintainence of them.

I'm thinking about maybe trying the South American Puffer, as they are supposed to be less aggressive.

But first.... I have to get a tank and start cycling it!

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