Originally Posted by Jess1ca
Yep, cycled 75g. 1.025, I'm adding him to my reef while I set up the 150g I'm sacrificing my hermits & snails for this little guy. I really wanted a Porcupine Puffer but couldn't get one in my area :/ I fell in love with him when I seen him
I may even set him up in his own tank.... Because I still want a Porcupine & I don't think they can coexist?? So I would be acclimating him all in one day? I was under the assumption he would be brackish for awhile first? He is about an inch and a half at the moment. If I were to do his own tank how big of a tank does he require?
A 75g will be a great size tank for him!
It may take him some time before he would actually eat all of the snails and hermits. Or he may not mess with them while he is at that size. I've got a CUC in my tank and I hope to have the puffer added within the next month, its been up and running for some time but I wanted the puffer as the last addition.
They are adorable! It was the GSPs that first caught my attention as far as puffers go. I'd love to have a dogface or a porcupine, hope to one day, I just don't have a large enough tank for either right now.
I'm not sure about housing a porcupine with a GSP. I don't know that I would chance it unless I had a rather large tank. I'm not too familiar with porcupines but do believe they are generally more peaceful than GSPs. If thats the case, it would be the GSPs temperament I would worry about, at least at first. Eventually, given the potential size difference, the GSP would be in trouble. I really can't say much on that subject, though I know its usually not advised (depending on the puffers in question) to house more than one puffer together under normal circumstances.
He would be fine in brackish for some time, and that is what is usually suggested when they're younger, then onto full marine conditions as adults. There is no harm in acclimating him to full marine to begin with even at his size/age. So you could definitely acclimate him straight to marine if you wanted to.
After my research, it seemed it would have been easier just to go to straight marine rather than brackish. Mainly because of cost and filtration options. Filtration options in full marine (addition of live rock, skimmer, etc.) vs brackish are more efficient. Once the saltwater tank was established (if proper filtration is utilized) it wouldn't require as many water changes as a brackish (especially true to high end brackish) tank. Obviously frequent water changes on a high end brackish tank would add up in cost with all of that salt. It just makes more sense, especially if you already have a saltwater tank (in your case) or would be going to full saltwater eventually anyway (as I was intending to).
If you wanted to set up a tank just for him, which would be great too of course, the size could depend on the salinity you would be housing him at. A 30g minimum is recommended for a single GSP but that size would be best for brackish. To attempt full marine conditions in a 30g to house a GSP full term would be problematic because of space. The live rock needed for ample filtration would take up a lot of that space/water volume. Thus making it difficult for a full grown GSP to swim and less water volume would pose problems with water quality, as I'm sure you know puffers are high bioload.
For full marine conditions, I'd say something like a 40g breeder (similar size/footprint) would be great for a single GSP.