Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 01-08-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
SeanMonster's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,264
Compatibility Question

I currently have a 180 gallon, fish only, aquarium. I have a small dog face puffer and a blue spot Toby puffer (among other fish). The two puffers pretty much ignore each other. I would like to add a Valentini puffer to the mix. Does anyone have any experiences to share with a multi-puffer tank?


SeanMonster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Terrance's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,577
Generally mixing puffers are not recommended. Just cross your fingers and hope it will work out in the long-term. You know what to do if one of them gets aggressive.. I know some puffer experts who mix puffers together while keeping careful watch every single day for aggressiveness.

A 180g system can handle all 3 puffers. If you add the 3rd puffer, then I don't think you should add a 4th puffer. You might be able to add another Canthigaster species puffer, but then you'll be really pushing it. Most dogface puffers are mellow, but canthigaster species are less forgiving toward their own class of puffer.

With a 180g, I would do a porcupine and dogface puffer tank. Both will end up occupying the WHOLE tank as adults and very personable.

In a FO, you really need to keep up with those expensive water changes. Why don't you look into getting ~250lbs of live rocks, a skimmer (if you don't already have one), and a refugium. This really lesson the expense of doing those weekly 50% pwc in FO systems. Upfront cost is a lot, but you'll save more money in the long-term.
Kind Regards,
Terrance is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
question about compatibility OBEYtheFISH Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 09-22-2011 02:49 AM
Compatibility question ccross Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 08-18-2011 08:16 PM
compatibility question Boomer2244 Cichlid Discussion 5 08-12-2011 07:17 AM
question about stock and compatibility lamiskool Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 07-06-2011 11:26 PM
future 120gl compatibility question Copachick Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 06-27-2011 03:38 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.