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Puffer tank

Post by kkaeterle » Tue May 31, 2016 9:01 pm

Hi everyone! I recently acquired a 90 gallon tank (Approx. 34" x 21"x 36") with sand bed & live rock. Filtration: sump, biomedia, UV, Protein skimmer, & carbon reactor. I would love to do a "puffer tank", with small Indo-Pacific puffers like the saddle valentini puffer, spotted puffer, leopard puffer, and/or blue spotted puffer. Of course, after doing some research, I'm not sure if this is realistic. Can anyone give me some insight as to how many small puffers I could successfully keep in this tank? If only 1-2, any recommendations on other compatible fish species?

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Re: Puffer tank

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:44 am

I have kept the valantini, coronata & blue-spotted together. But again, it always depends on the personality of the puffer, whether it plays well with others. How much LR do you have?
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Re: Puffer tank

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Re: Puffer tank

Post by Neri123 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:59 am

I've keep in my tank 3 small puffers.My tank is the same size as yours

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Re: Puffer tank

Post by Walla2GSP » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:39 pm

I keep a Dogface and 2 GSPs in a 80 gallon tank together. Eventually the Dogface will need to have his own tank, I just haven't had the money to do so the last couple of years. I will say they have established a good working relationship based on size and personality. The Dogface is big and shy, the GSPs are small and aggressive. The GSPs stay out of Tank's way when he comes to eat, but they can easily steal food and send him running if they get hungry, and they are always hungry. The one thing with keeping puffers in my experience is you need to think out plumbing and your sump carefully. All of your clean up crews and macros will have to live in the refugium to avoid being eaten, and your returns should be plumbed to create wave action (two pumps) and heavy flow (30-40 TPH). Saltwater Puffers are dirty and shy, so get lots of Xport or marine Pure for the sump, add an extra sock filter, and create lots of little caves with your live rock for them to wedge into. I tried damsels initially with puffers and would not recommend that. My wife HAD to have a tomato clown who has surprisingly flourished with the puffers, but i would not recommend a pair as they will become too aggressive and bully your puffers. Recently I added a Lawnmower Blenny and matted Filefish to the mix who both seem to have quickly established themselves in the pecking order, I'm not sure how they will do long term but initial reactions seem good.

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