55 Gallon Puffer(s)

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55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Scamper » Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:03 pm

Hi All,

Newbie to puffers here, but have been in the hobby for years (mostly mbuna and SA Chiclids for the past 20 years).

I have a 55 Gallon long with a Eheim classic 600 and Aquaclear 500. It has some cichlids that are keeping it cycled at the moment, but they are going to be rehomed as soon as I have my puffer situation dialed in.

So, my options for puffers are Hairy, Congo and South American.

I've never done a single fish tank before, so that sounds different and exciting. South Americans would be a small school of about 4 from what I've read. This is my only tank (other than a small snail farm).

So, should I go with a single larger or a group of SA. I like the idea of a single large since its something I've not done before. Will it still be active enough to entertain my 6 year old daughter(and my cats (if he or she could eat the cats, some days I'd be ok with that too)? :lol:

Thanks for your attention :)

Hank

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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:44 pm

Personally, for a tank that size I'd get a GSP or Palembang.
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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Scamper » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:12 pm

I like the idea of the Palembang.

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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:29 pm

I have a fairly large collection of SA cichlids & plecos. What do you keep?
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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Scamper » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:27 pm

Previously Cichlids. Mostly had great luck with them. Lots of breeding. Lots of fighting.

I see a dragon on one of the online sites and lots of hairy's. Are they any breeders/online fish stores that you'd suggest.

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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by hadla » Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:08 pm

I vote for Ceylon!
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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Scamper » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:41 pm

Thanks for replying even though I posted in the wrong forum. LOL.

Well, I ended up ordering an orange abe. I thought about going with GSP (didn't see any Ceylons out there), but decided I didn't want to try Brackish with my canister set up.

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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:07 pm

Abeis are cool, too!
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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Iliveinazoo » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:22 pm

Scamper wrote:Thanks for replying even though I posted in the wrong forum. LOL.

Well, I ended up ordering an orange abe. I thought about going with GSP (didn't see any Ceylons out there), but decided I didn't want to try Brackish with my canister set up.
Abei's are a good looking fish :grats:

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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by pufferjw » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:33 pm

Scamper wrote:Well, I ended up ordering an orange abe.

So do abeis come in different colors like congos do?
I say tankmates, my Congo says sushi on the go.

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Re: 55 Gallon Puffer(s)

Post by Scamper » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:04 pm

Near as I can tell, it comes down to the color of the spots. But, that's just Google researching and as you know there seem to be lots of holes in info about Puffers.

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