I am hoping I can use you guys to bounce off an issue I've been struggling over.
I have a 29gal F.O. with a handsome stars-n-stripes puffer (see icon) and a yellowtail damsel.
I've had these guys for about 8 years now, and boy
has the puffer grown since I first got him! He was about 3 inches back then and he's probably a good 10 inches now; he almost is as long as the width of my tank
needs a new home, but I am in a sticky position. I can't really afford to buy a really
large tank; I live in an apartment and expect to be moving in the next year or two to go to vet school.
But I love him. He's my little buddy, with his quirks and bad habits
I approached a person at one LFS
, and when I talked to him about my situation, he seemed uninterested in helping me re-home my fish (and was actually pretty rude to me). I don't even really want money for him; I just want to see him happily go to a large tank where he can really stretch his fins!
So I am contemplating trying to split the difference with a modest tank size upgrade, but I really can't see getting any larger than a 50 gallon. And I just don't think that that size change is enough to be fair to him...is it? I mean, I don't really intend on getting more fish (maybe
a bottom-dweller like an eel), just lots of live rock.
I guess I am just hoping you might have some recommendations for either trying to find him a new proper home, or what I can do to make his living situation more comfortable. I always read that they should be in 75-or-larger tanks, and I'd like input about that figure and options.
Thanks a bunch!