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Old 03-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Sw puffer fish--minimal tank size?

I don't know how big of swimmers puffer fish are and right now I'm just deciding if I should bother considering even getting one--how small of a tank can I put a puffer fish in without being cruel?
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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I know you could do a green spotted puffer in a 29g. They are brackish, but from what I understand they can go full salt. My buddy has one in a 29g FOWLR. I don't know what size puffer your looking for but the GSP is one of the coolest fish I have ever interacted with. They are very smart as well as personable, also grow to about 6".

As this is the only puffer I know about, so I eagerly await others replies. I'm interested as well.
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Hmm, I don't know that I have room for another 29 gal--So what about freshwater puffers?
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As far as I have read on them, mainly the dwarfs are the only ones who do not need a very large tank, both fahaka and Mbu puffers need very very large tanks (mainly the Mbu).

The GSP/F8's are often sold as fresh but actually require brackish to live full long lives.

I was actually gonna set up my 29 as a fowlr and try a GSP a while ago but decided to do mated cons but hey they help with the food costs on my bigger tanks. Haha.
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If you want a small tank, then don't do any costly SW setups for a puffer. Do a figure 8 puffer tank in a low-end brackish 15g.

DP too small. Avocado puffer is an active freshwater, but they are not shaped a like a typical puffer. South American puffers need to be in groups and suited for tank of 75+ gallons. All other FW puffers are less active and lurkers by nature.

Avocado or Figure 8 tank is your only choice for a small tank.
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