What's your favorite species of puffer?

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What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by pufferjw » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:14 pm

I'm just curious about what people's favorite puffer species are. They can be FW, BW, or SW, and you don't have to have owned one. For me it's either the Tetraodon Duboisi or Tetraodon Baileyi.
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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:36 pm

Fahaka--had one who allowed tank mates for 19 years. I miss him...
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by pufferjw » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:19 am

Pufferpunk wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:36 pm
Fahaka--had one who allowed tank mates for 19 years. I miss him...
Oh yeah Filbert. Sorry again
187 Gallon - 1 Signata Stingray
50 Gallon - 3 Roseline Sharks, 1 Hujeta Gar, 1 Striped Thorny Catfish
34 Gallon - 1 Duboisi Puffer
28 Gallon - 1 Red Congo Puffer
10 Gallon Planted - 1 Dwarf Puffer
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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by hadla » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:03 am

Porkys or gsps for the personality!
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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by DMD123 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:33 pm

I've only kept one type so I'm not sure what I'm missing. But had no regrets that my choice was a hairy puffer. Love the little guy. One of my all time favorite fish that I've ever kept. Only fish I would put above it might be a couple cichlids I have kept before.
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C valentini
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C papuan
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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:47 pm

My hairy is really cool-looking but I rarely every see him.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by gkai » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:09 pm

Irrubescos...hope they come back on the Belgian market!

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by nzac » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:52 pm

Not sure I can pick a favorite, my fahaka was great, abei was just like a mini fahaka on speed, didn't care much for the lurkers although I love the looks of the palembang. The white spotted and blue spotted saltwater ones I had ate things I didn't want eaten. So far I really like the little schoutedeni only because I have a group and that is cooler than any solo puffer imo.

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by Puzz » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:58 am

I have 4 ceylon puffers and theyre awesome... tame and soooooo cute... 😁😁😁

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by PYRU » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:20 pm

Porky by a large margin. It's my favorite fish I've ever owned. If sw wasnt such a pain and expensive I would get another.

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by DMD123 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:59 pm

Now that Ive owned a hairy and arrowhead I would say the Hairy is still my favorite just due to its activity level. Im sure if I ever had the chance to get a Fahaka or Mbu, Im sure my answer would change to one of those.

IF I ever did salt I know I would totally love a Porcupine puffer. Saw one at the fish store and it was just a ton of fun interacting with the thing and it wasnt even mine or knew me that well.
300 gallon H. Pearsei, P. Heterospilus, Bichirs: Ansorgii, Dabola endli (Tinkissi river), Faranah Guinea lap, sp. Koliba lap, Weeksii
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My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:03 pm

Wow--I feel gypped!!! My hairy never moves...
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by DMD123 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:55 pm

Pufferpunk wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:03 pm
Wow--I feel gypped!!! My hairy never moves...
Maybe you got a defective one? lol

If I would have started with an Arrowhead I think I would never have bought another puffer. That thing is pretty elusive and sits like a rock. It was doing the twitchy dance when I put a crab in there the other day but would not go at it. I had to push the food into its face and then it grabbed it. My hairy will actually chase and hunt down food and always comes out when I come into the room.
300 gallon H. Pearsei, P. Heterospilus, Bichirs: Ansorgii, Dabola endli (Tinkissi river), Faranah Guinea lap, sp. Koliba lap, Weeksii
65B Tetraodon baileyi (Hairy Puffer)
65B Suvattii (Arrowhead puffer)

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by PYRU » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:14 am

DMD123 wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Pufferpunk wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:03 pm
Wow--I feel gypped!!! My hairy never moves...
Maybe you got a defective one? lol

If I would have started with an Arrowhead I think I would never have bought another puffer. That thing is pretty elusive and sits like a rock. It was doing the twitchy dance when I put a crab in there the other day but would not go at it. I had to push the food into its face and then it grabbed it. My hairy will actually chase and hunt down food and always comes out when I come into the room.
Its probably still settling in. It took awhile for my old suvatti to come around, but was pretty interactive with me...maybe too interactive. It bit a v into my finger tip.

How did the baiyeli do the first few weeks?

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Re: What's your favorite species of puffer?

Post by DMD123 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:36 am

PYRU wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:14 am

Its probably still settling in. It took awhile for my old suvatti to come around, but was pretty interactive with me...maybe too interactive. It bit a v into my finger tip.

How did the baiyeli do the first few weeks?
Well the Suvattii is getting comfortable. I threw a crab in last night and it came out of the sand and swam up and caught it as it was falling to eat it. Previous to this it would just wait till the food came to it.

The Baileyi was never a digger so it ‘seemed’ more outgoing since it sat in the open but I guess it was a bit shy too at the beginning. I remember it having a voracious appetite when it was younger too.
300 gallon H. Pearsei, P. Heterospilus, Bichirs: Ansorgii, Dabola endli (Tinkissi river), Faranah Guinea lap, sp. Koliba lap, Weeksii
65B Tetraodon baileyi (Hairy Puffer)
65B Suvattii (Arrowhead puffer)

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