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Old 09-13-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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hi How hardy are puffer fish to keep do they have any special requierments I often see them when im diving and was thinking of including one in my soon to be 20g tank any special conciderations?
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20g tank could be a problem being so small.

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I was thinking seing as I will be colecting them in the wild that I would just get a small one and if it starts getting too big release it back into the ocian and get another small one I see plenty on a weekly basis in the 1.5-2" size or would this already be too big for the 20g
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I am also planing on having a 10-20g sump/refuge on this tank btw.
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You really shouldn't release any fish you put in your aquarium back into the ocean. It can develop or carry a disease in captivity that it can spread back into the ocean. 20g is too small for a puffer, they are pretty active fish and get huge.
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i'll have to agree. i have my green spotted puffer in a 20gal. but hes only an inch long, within the next couple weeks he's going in a 30gal. i'm just waiting on a heater, the tanks already cycled. but they do much better in a larger tank.
if you leave a puffer in a tank thats too small (or any fish) for too long, it will stunt their growth.
and a +1 to jimbo, you should never put a fish you keep in an aquarium back into the wild.

you can also check out The Puffer Forum you'll find tons of experienced puffer keepers there!
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I'm pretty sure he is talking about SW puffers, much larger usually then their FW cousins :p

But pretty much everything you said still applies, and is correct. Most SW puffers should not be housed in a tank less then 100g, and you should realize they will get huge. A local store had one that was over a foot long that spit water out at customers.
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yes, i realized that lol, it was the point that they do need lots of space because they are active.
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I wouldn't worry too much about captivity diseases spreading back in the ocean. Ocean is way too big for that to be a concern in my opinion. It's just that a fish used to captivity might not use his "wild" skill much any more or not at all and perish anyway.

Just get a bigger tank if you really want one.
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I agree also that a bigger tank is needed. Does not really mean anything if they are smaller. They need plenty of space and smaller tanks will bring on a quicker onset of disease and parasites.
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