Tank Size for Porcupine?

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Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by sarahnya » Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:15 am

What's the recommended size tank in litres for a Porcupine and also how do you tell the subspecies apart. I've been reading and apparently some are 12 inch while others get much larger but every fish place ive been to just lists them as Porcupine or Spiney Puffer...

Also what other equipment is needed.

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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:40 am

I'd say a 120 or 125g is good. They grow to 12". You'll need 1 1/2-2lbs live rock/gallon, 1" sand, protein skimmer & heater. It's up to you, if you want a drilled tank with sump.
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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by sarahnya » Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:34 pm

Do you have any idea what that is in litres?

It amazes me the walrus they tell you in fish shops, I've never know walrus like it.

One guy insisted they only get to 6 inch which I know simply isn't true.

I'm new to fish keeping and the flippant way they view life is a bit odd and all. I asked about cycling a tank and he said to just chuck some cheap fish in there to cycle it and then at least if they die it didn't cost me much! Any other pet trade behaved in that way they would have the law breathing down their neck!

So much misinformation on species etc. Told me SAP couldn't be kept in a group and looked at me gone out when I asked about dentistry and if it was important to feed mainly Snail. Seriously I'm glad I came here or those fish wouldn't stand a chance, God knows how many animals have suffered because of their advice. I wish if they didn't have a clue they would just say so!

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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by pufferjkb » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:02 pm

There's confusion caused by the names used. The diodons are collectively referred to as the Porcupine fish family. In the NE Atlantic these are Diodon Hystrix, Diodon Holocantus, and assorted Burrfish.

The big, 2 foot one is Diodon Hystrix. It is also the one the scientists have officially named THE porcupine fish.

All the others max out at about a foot. The one aquarium keepers refer to as porcupine fish Is Diodon Holocanthus, whose scientific name is actually the Balloonfish.

If the store people thought you meant the scientific Porcupine Fish (Hystrix) that would explain the misleading info.

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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by Arny » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:05 pm

In pufferpedia it says they grow to 19 inches

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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by pufferjkb » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:46 pm

My reference above should be to the Northwest Atlantic, not the Northeast Atlantic. Sorry for the error.

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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by sarahnya » Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:08 am

Cheers, I did mention there were multiple types but again I got the gone out look.

So the smaller would be Holocanthus, I'll remember that one. Do they look very similar?

Just weighing up how much more space I'd need and extra work that goes into maintaining a marine tank.

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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:24 am

To maintain a marine tank, you'll need an RODI system & a mixing bucket.
I had this plumbed into the basement, for easy WC:

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Re: Tank Size for Porcupine?

Post by sarahnya » Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:11 am

Ah no way, I don't have a basement in my house so I guess that counts out marine! No way do I have room in my living room either.

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