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Old 10-02-2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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Im having the worst time with fish. First I had a crab that was killing my fish so I flushed him. Now I got a puffer and it kill two of my favorite fish last night. I know they eat small invertebrates but my fish come on. Is it normal for puffer fish to eat other fish?
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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[QUOTE="Whitegurl84"]Im having the worst time with fish. First I had a crab that was killing my fish so I flushed him. Now I got a puffer and it kill two of my favorite fish last night. I know they eat small invertebrates but my fish come on. Is it normal for puffer fish to eat other fish? Is my other clown going to get sick now that he doesn't have his mate?
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:52 AM   #3
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Ur other clown should be ok. They don't need a second one to be happy. What kind of puffer did u get? And what size tank are they in? I never had a problem with my puffer eating other fish and he was quite a bit larger than everyone else.
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It's a 56g and he's a porcupine puffer. The clown, hippo tang and watchman gobie that he killed were quite small. I had shrimp and I figured he was going to eat them but not my fish.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:16 AM   #5
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How big is he? To be perfectly honest a 56g is too small for a porcupine puffer, they can get up to a foot in length and really need 150+ gallon tank. It could be the other fish were stressing him out. There are puffers that will go in a 56gal easily, something like a saddle back puffer or a Toby puffer will work.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:25 AM   #6
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He is only about 2 1/2-3 inches, the pet store said he would be ok in there. the fish he killed were only about the size of a quarter and kept to the selves. The clown and hippo tank usually stayed at the top right corner of the tank.
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:38 PM   #7
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He will be ok for a little while. But u will definitely have to upgrade in the near future.
Are u sure that the puffer is killing them? Puffers are very messy eaters and can cause ammonia, nitrites and nitrates to build very quickly if you're not on top of ur PWC. What are ur water parameters?
I only ask this bc they are usually very tolerant of other fish, accept other puffers, in their tanks.
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I just got him yesterday and I did a water change yesterday so they should all be low. I know it was him because they have all been in there for awhile then I added him and this morning they were dead.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:40 PM   #9
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What are the parameters exact values? If they are in the proper ranges, then it sounds like u got one of the few mean puffers out there.
If that's the case then my suggestion would be to buy fish that are semi-aggressive rather than peaceful and about the same size as the puffer that way they stand a fighting chance. Or why not leave it with just the puffer.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:49 PM   #10
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Puffers are extremely aggressive and are in the same family as triggerfish. They should only be kept with other aggressive fish.

Also, NEVER trust your fish store. They are only trying to make a sale! Did they also tell you the blue tang would fit in a 56g? Do your research!
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