Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

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Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby Jamesgok on Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:37 am

Hey! New to the forum!
Ive been doing alot of research on puffers recently, there is so much conflicting information. Im trying to aquire the Irrubesco Puffer, one thread the Irrubesco is perfect for a community the next its a pitball that rips anything to shreads! . If you could share your experience's with tankmates irrebesco or not!
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Re: Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby RTR on Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:39 am

IMHO & IME, puffers are not community fish, period. In my tanks that is an absolute No! No!
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Re: Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby Terrance on Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:23 am

I got a red eyed freshwater puffer. Im 100% certain all red eyed species are not community fish from experience and reading online like you. I dont think the ones that say they are community fish are reliable sources.
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Re: Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby bertie 83 on Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:14 am

People may have had short term success with juveniles. Probably plonked them in and saw no immediate aggression so said they are fine. I bet if you asked those people 6 months later they had a single puffer in their tank as everything else was most likely ripped apart.
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Re: Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby Corvus on Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:47 am

I've had/have 3 irrubesco so far, all in community tanks, one for about 5-6 years, one around 7 years and one for 2-3 years. Two were completely harmless to every other tank mate but livebearer fry. One has apparantly killed a weak Dermogenys and was eating Red cherry shrimps (but not enough to keep the population from wastly growing). Interestingly, they all very rarely ate snails of various kinds, though. Even fin nipping was not visible despite large finned ornamental guppies being with them most of the time.

I wouldn't call them good community fish, losses can occur, but you cannot compare C. irrubesco to red eyed Monotrete species such as turgidus or cochinchinensis, even C. lorteti, salivator and probably borneensis are much more problematic with regard to tankmates.
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Re: Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby Flutter on Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:00 am

Mine were terrors in a tank with some plecos. I had to remove the puffers in less than a week, thankfully I had another tank for them. They chewed my other fish all up.
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Re: Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby taly on Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:32 pm

I have had a salivator pair with 10 tigerbarbs... The tigerbarbs had to go because they took all the food.
Think it would be the same for the irrubesco.
...And I have had my irrubesco with the salivator pair.
Some puffers go well together with the right conditions but puffers with other fish? NO... :P
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Re: Tankmates? Yes or a NO NO!!

Postby bertie 83 on Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:19 pm

Taly. We should not suggest mixing puffers, it always ends in fights/death. Give it time, it may work short term
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