Originally Posted by NeoCatsy
are they good for beginners?
porcupine its very delicate fishes but IMO
i think beginners with proper care will have no probably having ONE! <---
only ONE porcupine and it need a lot of space to swim and land (they like to land on the sand when they r full). minimum 75gal is need but 120 is recommended
get a small one about 2inches, build up your relationship with it, it will grow to 4~5 inches with in a year.
food: snails, shrimp, clams, red worm (some might require u to make it eat)
and if u r going for a porcupine, IME not much invert will servive. only small hermit maybe.
mine ate 3 cleaner shrimps, 2 big hermit crab, some smalls hermits, and it couldn't eat sw
snails, but it gave my snails stress by trying to eat them, and my snails died in time.
they r really messy eater and pooper, so weekly water change is required as well. about 20%
2~3" feed everyday
4~6" every other day
they can grow up to 20"+ if you have the right enviornment.
I beleive they can live for 15years.
and remember don't use a net to catch it, use a container thats twice its size.
QT is a must for them, cuz puffers r really easy to catch ich.
if it sick when its young, it will most likely keep getting sick for rest of its life.
QT with proper treatment/care will prevent ich/disease introduce to your DT.
mine have ich during the time in QT and I gave him a FW
bath for 2weeks, and its health till now.
let me know if u have any questions ^^