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Old 11-04-2005, 09:28 PM   #1
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today i bought a small puffer fish that is about 1.5-2 inches long and i have it in my 5 gallon tank with 2 other small fish i think tetras is that a good idea
i do also have my 20 gallon tank with 2 african chiclids in it, the puffer and the chidlids are roughly the same size, should i keep the puffer in the 5 gallon or put him into the 20 gallon with the chiclids?
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Old 11-04-2005, 09:45 PM   #2
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i think that puffers are supposed to be species only. If you wan't to keep him in the 5 gallon, then i would return the tetras.. and you will want to get some snails in that 5 gallon for him to much on. Also depending on what kind of puffer they may need brackish and eventually marine water.

Puffers are always recommended SPECIES ONLY.
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He should not be in with any of them. Puffers are very aggresive and nippy fish. They should in a species only tank.
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alright well ya i just had the tetras in there to get the tank goin now that it went frm cloudy to clear
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please do a search for figure 8 puffers and do some reaserch.. there is much more to keeping this fish then you reilize from the sounds of it..
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I agree with greenmaji.

DO some research on the puffer. They get bigger (up to 3inches oaccording to liveaqiaria.com), too big for a 5gal tank (recommended is a 30gal!). Also, they are brackish... need salt in the water.
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A 10 gallon is the minimum for one F8, and they're brackish fish (low end, so an easy one to keep as far as salt goes).
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