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Old 09-07-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Betta and spotted puffer fish

I have a 50 Gallon community fresh water tank. I have a large variety of fish in it which includes 4 tiger barbs, 2 mollies, 1 Platty, 1 dwarf gourami, 1 guppy, a rainbow shark, a spotted puffer, and a peacock eel. When i first got the tank i was worried about putting my puffer with my guppy together because i heard puffers nip at long flowing fins. But i had also heard that if the tank is large enough they will more than likely be okay. I have had the tank going for about 4 months now and all my fish get along. I was wondering since my i have such a large tank would a betta and puffer be okay together?
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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i would say no go. even if your puffer doesn't bother it, its a no no to mix bettas and gouramis.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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Wow really? I didn't even think about that. Why?
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:54 PM   #4
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well for starters, your puffer is probably still a juvenile, and has a good chance of getting more aggressive as it ages. bettas and gouramis are both very territorial and almost always ends with them fighting.
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Oh okay! Well i feel bad for my betta cause he's stuck in a small tank but i guess hes just better off in there. Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:04 AM   #6
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Just out of curiosity do you know the exact type of puffer you have?
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Most of the freshwater spotted puffers you see for sale are green spotted puffers which need high end brackish to saltwater tanks as they mature. If it is a dwarf puffer it is freshwater but would still probably nip at a betta. And yes, bettas and gouramis do not mix well. Both are labyrinth fish and they can get very territorial with one another.
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It is a green spotted puffer.
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have you researched the care of the green spotted puffer? when they mature they will require brackish, and eventually marine setups
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Yes i have i was planning on eventually switching to brackish because i did the research after i got him. But im not sure if all of my fish would be okay with that.
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the only ones that will be able to live in brackish and marine are the mollies. you might as well get a 40 gallon tank for the puffer, it will be worth it
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the only ones that will be able to live in brackish and marine are the mollies. you might as well get a 40 gallon tank for the puffer, it will be worth it
I agree. You will probably enjoy him more if you aren't worried about him eating the other fish. Plus you can bypass the brackish a tage by setting up a new tank for him as a saltwater tank and slowly drip acclimate him to the new salinity. This is way easier than a slow transition to brackish and you dont have to worry about cycling over again as you change the salinity.

Gsps are great little fish. I love mine to death.
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You guys have really got me thinking! I might have to do that. thanks for your help!
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