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Old 09-30-2005, 01:02 PM   #1
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can anything live with a puffer? i know they eat everything. i have a 30gal that i keep one puffer in. wanted to add something... was thikning damsels(2) any suggestions?
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What kind of puffer do you have? That will determine what you can keep with it or whether or not your tank is large enough to hold one.
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porcupine puffer, sorry i didn't metion that.
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while i think a very small porcupinefish will be okay in a 30 gallon for a while, he's gonna need a bigger home eventually. they look really cute, but he'll probably try to take bites out of your damsels. i'd just leave him in there by himself. then you don't have to worry about dealing with the nitrates of an overstocked tank.
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how bout a snowflake ell or a urchin maybe a lobster?
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I agree he's going to outgrow that tank and will need a 90g tank eventually. Also, although he may seem lonely by himself, it would be best to keep him that way.
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The snowflake eel is a messy eater like the puffer and I think you would have trouble keeping your nitrates down with them both in there. You might be able to do an urchin but the puffer may take a bite at it. Same is true for the lobster. That puffer will eat just about any invert.

If you really wanted something else in there I think you could get away with a damsel or two. Puffers don't typically go after fish as much as inverts.

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thanks for the replies people no inverts... maybe 1 or 2 damsels... maybe
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Valentini puffer would be a good candidate for your tank.
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Hey check out my tank mates in my signature.

You know what, though, those nitrates are killing me right now.

By the way, the puffer cr-aps like a human, you know? It really messes up my water for a good few minutes. And they eat so much too. I normally feed 2 - 3 cubes of brime shrimp to the whole tank when they were all smaller.

But now, the puffer alone consumes 3 - 4 cubes itself. Everyone else just eats off of the crumbs. I usually end up feeding 5 - 6 cubes per day in the tank, which is also what is messing up my nitrates.

I will soon end up with a 120G because of this. It's easier to handle nitrates that way. I say get a bigger tank for the puffer already. However, you can use this experience with the 30G tank as practice.
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