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Old 04-20-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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Pufferfish confliction

I seem to be reading often conflicting views on certain pufferfish as to whether they are full freshwater or brackish. Figure 8's seem to be stuck in the middle as well as a few others.

I am looking for a true (entire lifespan) freshwater puffer that would be happy in a planted 40Br tank. Any suggestions out there would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-21-2007, 04:11 AM   #2
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not too sure, the ones I tried seems to do well. perhaps they can adapt to both full freshwater and brackish. The only issue I have with them is that they tend to be fin nippers
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I am not so sure what 40 Br means. I assume that means 40 gallons. You options are pretty limited. I actually just went through this exact same process. Did tons of research on what puffer I wanted to get. Heres a good synopsis of freshwater puffers.


I have seen more but most likely you will not find them at your LFS or online.

South America Puffers seem awesome but I could never find any online or at LFS's. However once I went ahead and decided to buy my two figure 8's I see on aquabid that someone is selling a couple of South American puffers. I would say that is your best bet.

As far as other places to order puffers online, I have only really seen anything from
http://www.liveaquaria.com/ and

Also aquabid has some sometimes. I would say SAP's would be your best bet in terms of a personable puffer. I didn't like it that species like irrubesco and the target puffers were nocturnal and most times pretty skiddish and scared. I wanted a fish that was going to try and bite me and come say high whenever I walk by. I really enjoy the F8's though, they are the happiest fish ever and always come to swim by me. They nip at my finger when I put it in the tank, I guess they think its a shrimp. I feed them shrimp, clams, and pond snails. It is a little bit of a pain dealing with brackish. After all the research I found I determined that SG 1.005 is best for them.

Oh, also you could go the route of dwarf puffers but I am figuring you would want something a little bigger.
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