Puffer tank mates

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Puffer tank mates

Post by Puffydave » Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:51 pm

I wouldn't mind 2-4 other fish with my 3 figure of 8 puffers,
I've heard bumblebee gobies are a good bet with them and will also clean up any un eaten food,
Anyone got any advise or do I just stay with puffers?

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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by Welch4 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:05 pm

You could try a bumblee goby if the tank is big enough. Goby are usually pretty safe from being attacked but i still wouldnt get attached.
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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by G S P Freak » Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:30 pm

My F8 eats bumblebee gobies... He also doesn't tolerate tankmates, so you might have better luck than me.
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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by Puffydave » Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:30 pm

Going to try the bumble bee gobie, and my local supplier has 2 on order for me,
I have 3 orange chromide's with them at the moment and they seem to be getting on well, if anything the chromide's are looking after themselves quite we'll, all fish are the same size, and sometimes happily swim around together.
I also believe that black mollies will get along just fine.

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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by Welch4 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:22 pm

Hiw big is the tank?
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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by Puffydave » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:31 pm

5ft tank with approximately 180ltr.
So far after a week no problems all getting on well

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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by casc » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:14 am

I have a tiny Swales Swissguard Basslet. It's the only other fish with my porcupine puff and is the only fish that has made it with him. Probably because he is a fast rock dwelling fish. He has been in there for a year now but he definitely keeps his distance. Tho I think figure eights are brackish right? I would look for something similar to that type anyway.

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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by hadla » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:31 pm

This made we wonder if sw puffs don't all tolerate living with cleaner fish... It seems like they'd understand that the fish is there to help them... Same with cleaner shrimp
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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by Welch4 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:17 pm

Well this probably doesnt help the conversation due to all the reports of puffs being fine with other occupants for years then one day not tolerating them. But.. my gsp has been with a brown barred goby for a couple months now and getting along great. The gsp will periodically will see the goby sifting and think he can do the same. Picks up mouthfull of sand to immediately spit it back out and looks confused.
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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by bertie 83 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:21 pm

hadla wrote:This made we wonder if sw puffs don't all tolerate living with cleaner fish... It seems like they'd understand that the fish is there to help them... Same with cleaner shrimp
But puffers have endless appetites, eat now and think later lol. My valentini has been chomping on my cleaner shrimp, I only see one now and he has no antenna. Time to move the shrimp
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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by hadla » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:52 am

Welch4 wrote: The gsp will periodically will see the goby sifting and think he can do the same. Picks up mouthfull of sand to immediately spit it back out and looks confused.
Rotfl!!! That is hilarious!
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Re: Puffer tank mates

Post by DanP » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:57 pm

Hello Folks, my first post, thanks for all the info.

I come here to warn anyone who might mix a plecostomus hard bodied cat fish with a figure 8 puffer. I have a brackish 120 G tank that house 3 figure 8 puffers from 2-3 inches. The oldest I have kept for 3 years, all along he had a brother pleco in the tank with them. The pleco was about 6" and seemed to tolerate both the water and the puffs until last week. The darn puffers ate the pleco's eyeballs out. I promise you it was one of the those sights you wish you could erase from your brain. Nearly the most gruesome thing I have ever seen was that poor pleco swimming around with no eyeballs. like a zombie fish or an animated skeleton. Save yourselves, and save your pleco, get the pleco OUT of the puffer tank!

Looking for my mental 'delete' button.

Dan P
Cleveland, OH USA

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