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Old 12-03-2021, 08:32 PM   #1
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Question Puffer Questions!

Hello~ Iím new to this forum. I have been reluctant to post, as I didnít really have an exact question, and to be honest I was afraid anything I said would be shot down by advanced aquarium owners. But I have decided to give it a shot.

I am getting a 12 gallon tank and fell in love with puffer fish. I first saw pea puffers, and I think they are cute and the first thing people are going to say. But now I think figure 8 puffers are amazing. I know they are supposed to have 15G but I decided to write this post in hypothetical. Could I keep just one? I could heavily plant it OR leave it open for more swimming space. I could also do any amount of water changes nessisary. But yes, I know they need more space. But could they live like this for a year? If they can, I can upgrade them to a 29G next year.

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Technically you can keep any fish you want in any sized tank. As long the water parameters are in check they will survive. Thriving is a better situation though. Swapping tanks is also a pain.
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ok. I will restate what I mean then.
Could they be happy in a 10 gallon tank? Just one? If not I will go back to pea puffers. But I think it’s implied I want a fish to be happy, and if not I hope it’s implied now.

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Old 12-03-2021, 09:39 PM   #4
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Since a lot of the suggested tank sizes are subjective, it’s more or less what you think is going to be ok.

A lot of people keep fish in smaller than suggested tanks and the fish do just fine.

It’s like asking someone if they’ll die if they live in a 800 square foot house vs a 30,000sqft mansion. Yea you’ll survive in the smaller house, but the mansion would be nice and you’ll probably be a lot happier lol
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Old 12-03-2021, 09:52 PM   #5
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IMO a 12g would be ok, they do best by themselves anyway so it should be ok. You know theyíre a brackish species though right?
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Old 12-04-2021, 09:37 AM   #6
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Hi.
I do understand, and I get it. I just thought I'd ask. And want it to be clear that I do want the fish to be happy and will get them a new home next year.

Yes, I do know they're brackish. How much aquarium salt should I do? Most people say 1-2 TBS per gallon, but the salt company themselves says that amount for three gallons. ??

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I donít know how much, but youíll want to use a sw salt mix not aquarium salt. For me it takes 2 cups per 5G to reach a salinity of 1.025 so for .008-.010 probably 1/2 cup or so per 5G. Just get a refractometer to accurately measure the salinity.
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Ok— I will buy one. thank you. Are there recommend brands of salt? Thanks
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I use Red Sea currently, but since your not going to be worried about the levels of the trace elements like in a reef tank I would just go with what you can get locally or cheapest. Instant ocean is still sold at petsmart I believe and is usually on the cheaper end.
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Ok! I saw instant ocean, so I think that's what I'm going to go with. Thanks! And for substrate do they prefer sand or coarse sand or gravel?

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Thatís personal preference, I prefer the look of sand.
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Ok, thank you. I like sand but am slightly discouraged by it because of fear of clouding.

UPDATE::: After I did more research I decided I will be buying a 20g high for F8 instead of 12g. If I end up buying a 12g I will simply get dwarfs. Thanks!
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Do the sand. They are messy eaters and big poopers. All that will settle in. The gravel and make a problem. That small tank is going to require a lot of maintenence to keep the puff happy and healthy.
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I had a buddy that kept a figure 8 puffer in a ten gallon and it really was not an ideal situation. They are pretty active fish and have a very heavy bioload for their size. You will need to stay on top of your maintenance to keep the water quality acceptable.
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