We can place them in a small tank but avoid placing them in a community aquarium because they may nip the fins of slow-moving residents. It would also be a good idea to give them some sort of cave that they can hide in. You really don’t want to feed them anything that floats on the top of the water, because the suck in air and its not good for them to do that.

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Do you like the idea of keeping pufferfish in your freshwater aquarium? Max Size: 6 in. Typically this process can take about a week. – 2 in. Hello, Plants can be- Java Moss, Giant Micro sword, etc. They are also exciting creatures because of their territorial behavior and unique ability to puff up air or water. Figure 8 Puffer. Puff likes fish flake just fine, his favorite though are snails. I have a 30g tank that was setup two weeks ago. You will also need a hydrometer to test the salinity of your tank to make sure you have the mix right. The figure 8 pufferfish may be mistaken as a young green spotted puffer with … I would plan on getting salt tolerant plants, and planting MUCH more heavily, adding more wood as well to break up the line of sight across the length of the tank--that will increase the odds that they will leave each other alone. This puffer is one of the most colorful among puffer species. I have two Green Spotted Puffers, I feed them (thawed) frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms mixed together. I have a 16 gallon bowfront, 20 gallon, and a 60 gallon.

Once your water is prepared, you still have to cycle the tank as you would with any aquarium. A healthy green spotted puffer changes color all the time. I just about have a 60 gallon tank cycled and ready for fish. This puffer can also grow up to 6 inches long, so you need to keep it in a large aquarium. Cycling the tank works the same as both it does in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. I am new to keeping puffers. Hey, i was wondering if i can transform my 10 gallon tank into a nice coral reef tank with a figure 8 puffer and a yellow watchman goby.My figure 8 puffer is in a 5.5 gallon freshwater tank alone at the moment, i was thinking, I will cycle the 10 gallon tank within 2 to 3 months and add sand to the tank, either live sand or regular sand whichever is best (what do you recommend?)

You need to allow the bacteria to get established in your tank before introducing the new fish. Thread starter; Thread Starter #3 Aqua Hands Well Known.

Messages 1,724. Max Size: 3 in. Instead of a creamy white belly, the green spotted puffer may have a black stomach. What do you feed your pufffers? 613 613.

It took about an hour to acclimate the new puffer to the brackish water.

Unlike the green spotted puffers, which require highly brackish environment as adults, figure 8 pufferfish only need low brackish of 1.005 to 1.008 throughout their life. I know the plastic plants aren’t good, causing injuries to the puffers. I have not added fish to any of them yet, just plants. plus every once in a while I feed them a shrimp (bought from local meat market) and mealworms.

Please can anyone tell me how many of the above i can keep in a 20 gallon tank. Because of its nature, you need to maintain the Fahaka puffer as a solitary specimen.

Which means, it is essential for you to give them food with a hard exoskeleton, such as snails and other mollusks, to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.

I used to go to the LFS and they would give me the snails for free from their planted tanks. I will probably setup a 20 long that I have as a quarantine tank in the meantime (well once my other tanks are cycled). Max Age: 15+ years

You must log in or register to reply here. The eyespots fool predators into thinking the wrong end of the fish is facing them. Yeah that's probably a good idea. If you don’t know how to cycle a new aquarium you should read this excellent article on how to fully cycle your tank without using fish: Fishless Tank Cycling.

The juveniles of the species can live in freshwater, but the adults need water with a high salinity level. It is best to keep them alone or as a pair only because they are neither friendly to their kind. What should I feed them? I agree with you on keeping gsp and fep in the same tank. Should you want to keep over one red eye puffer in a tank, see that the container has enough plants.

The figure 8 puffers grow to only about half the size of the green spotted puffers, so they only need half the space and amount of water required for green spotted puffers.

– 1.5 in. Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallon

Instead of making weekly trips to the store- I eventually put a few in a different fish tank and BAM two weeks later tons of snails to feed to Puff.

The teeth of the target puffer steadily grow. Because of its water requirements, the green spotted puffer may not be the best choice for inexperienced aquarists. Is the leopard spotted just another name for a green spotted puffer, or are they a similar to the figure 8? – 2 in. You are here: Home » Brackish » How to Setup a Brackish Tank for a Figure 8 Puffer. Max Size: 3 in. I'm surprised those oscars survived as long as they did. They had just received a shipment of figure 8 and green spotted puffers. Great article and thankyou for the write up.

I have calmed myself down lol and am now all for waiting as long as it takes. While the pea puffers don't have as big an issue overgrowth, it is a serious problem for the larger species if they aren't fed enough crunchy foods to wear down their beaks. Oct 10, 2010. Member. They do not exhibit aggressive behavior towards their kind or other species. Figure 8 and green spotted puffers start spend a great deal of their natural lives in freshwater and many fish stores sell them as a freshwater fish. To setup a brackish tank you should use the same salt mix that is used to setup a saltwater tank. Of course individual behavior varies greatly so you won’t know how tolerant an individual puffer will be with other tank mates until you get them. The best environment is a sand or gravel substrate with lots of live or plastic plants for them to hide in.

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I was wondering as i just set my new tank up for figure 8 puffers which i get in 10-14 days.

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The figure 8 pufferfish is also easier to keep. We hope that this rundown of the most popular freshwater pufferfish can give you an idea which species to keep for your aquarium.

The ideal setup is five gallons per inch of fish but that is just the bare minimum. The tank has lots of drift wood, and hiding places, so reducing the sight lines should not be problem for two of more fish.

(Ignore the cloudiness and brown algae, you can keep them singly or in large groups, i would go for one and have some other brckish fish.

Its a 100ltre tank. True figure 8 puffers are freshwater/light brackish. I’m thinking about getting one of each, but if the leopard will reach 6” in size, then this might not work for the 30g tank! The dark spots and the color on its back may also fade to pale. This protects these puffers from being approached and attacked from behind. The South American pufferfish is unlike most species of freshwater puffer, they are migratory and non-territorial.

Couple of points...the plants will not survive high-end brackish water.

It keeps its beautiful marking into adulthood. During the daytime, South American puffers follow one another and even argue over food, but they huddle as a group at night, or when alarmed. UPDATE: reddit.com user, 4rch, had a great tip for people who have existing freshwater tanks that want to convert to brackish. So, have you decided to get this beautiful fish as a new addition to your tank? It is a good idea to have lots of hiding places if you plan on having more than one in the same tank. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more great content just like it. I want to get 1 or 2 figure 8 puffers. The figure 8 pufferfish may be mistaken as a young green spotted puffer with unusual patterns. Allocate at least 30 gallons of water for one puffer.

But be careful because pet shops label them as freshwater fish, which is only half of the truth.

Previous Post« Dinosaur Bichir Essential Guide, Next PostProserpinaca Palustris Beginner's Guide », Your email address will not be published. Puffers can be great pets for fish lovers as long as you know their characteristics and how to keep them healthy and thrive. I wouldnt want that many but am getting very confused. If you want to get the green spotted puffer today, you can find them in pet shops. Thread starter #1 ~Fanci~ Active Member. But you can keep 2 Dwarf Puffers instead of Figure 8 Puffer in a 10 gallon tank.

Puffers mouths have teeth that never stop growing.

You are right that it is best not to feed them anything that floats. Figure 8 puffer in a 20 gallon aquarium, room for tank mates? This is done through slowly increasing the salinity through water changes. I advice against keeping spotted puffers and figure eight puffers together.

**feel free to comment on my other tank ideas below too if you see something wrong or have a suggestion. Messages 91 Reaction score 0 Location Ontario, Canada Experience 5 to 10 years Good morning, afternoon, evening (wherever you may be!). Best Tank Size: 90+ gallons.

You should make the conversion slowly so that you don’t kill the bacteria.

This species can inflict harm to kill other fish kept in the same tank. Ok, so I came up with some new ideas for the plants. It is also a good idea to give them a snail snack. There are reports of fish keepers sustaining severe injuries when carrying out routine maintenance on their tank. Your email address will not be published.

60 Gallons 48x12x24 ~ Figure 8 Puffers (2) and Bumblebee Gobies (4-6) Cascade 1000 canister filter Aquaclear 70 HOB filter (just added, not in pic yet) 2 x Fluval E 300w heaters © 2005-2019 Monsterfishkeepers.com. He likes Shrimp pellets (bottom feeder food) I just tried turtle food and he is tearin’ it up! Lol I remember back in the day when I knew nothing and had a 150 gallon tank setup with fish within a week.

For pea puffers...I've not had luck keeping them in large groups or in small groups in small tanks. Still trying to figure out what live plants are safe to put in with them.

I've already been at this for a couple months now but I will just have to wait a bit longer. I have been scaping, planting, and fishless-cycling 3 tanks from scratch for the last couple of months and am getting EXCITED for fish! During my researching I have seen about 50% say only to keep one puffer, and 50% say that you could keep a pair of Figure 8's as long as you started them together when they were juveniles. By lucasthedude, 3 years ago on Stocking & Compatibility. Do you have a plan for feeding them?

This puffer, however, is like a chameleon that can change its color. Im fully prepared to do all the maintenance required, including feeding it snails and live shrimp. Aquascape.guru is aimed to be the top rated hub for all aquarists and aquascapers around the world.Aquascape.guru is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. How your green spotted puffer changes color hints of its health conditions. Here are some quick stats about these fish to help in deciding on the size of tank you should purchase: Figure 8 Puffer The beginner-friendly guide that covers our top 7 pufferfish that can live in your freshwater tank. All species of puffer are aggressive even to their own species. After a little searching around it seems a good rule of thumb is to increase specific gravity (salinity) by 0.002 every week through water changes until you reach the brackish range of 1.005 – 1.008.

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