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Joined: 05 Feb 2005
Location: Colorado

PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)12:21    Post subject: Puffers Reply with quote

Any experts here? I wanted to know a few things.

One, can Figure 8 puffers live with others such as Pea Puffers?

Two, what kind of fish WILL they get along with? Convicts?

Finally, are big puffers as mean as the little ones?

Thats about it for now. But here is something you may find interesting. I have 3 Blood Parrots, 1 Black Convict, 1 Turquoise Severum, 6 Neons, and 2 plecos in the same tank! They get along pretty well! I am aware that may change but its fun for the moment. The tank is 55gal by the way.
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Joined: 16 Feb 2004
Location: Bristol, UK

PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)12:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

If by Pea Puffer you mean Carinotetraodon imitator (freshwater pygmy puffer), they are not suitable for keeping with Figure 8's, as Figure 8's require brackish water - they can survive in freshwater but this greatly shortens their lifespan and weakens the immune system. Figure 8's would also find the Pygmys to be a great snack...
Puffers should be kept with puffers - species only as they are extremely nippy and have 'beaks' which they can bite with - considering they are keen hunters capable of crushing shells with their beaks I would NOT advise keeping them as community fish.
All puffers are aggressive compared with community fish, but aggression varies when compared with other Puffs. It's like discussing aggression of Malawi Mbuna - some are more peaceful than others, but all are aggressive compared with community fish.
I keep Colomesus asellus - Amazon puffers, which are one of the least aggressive puffers as puffers go, but still very aggressive compared to community fish. I would NOT put my puffs with any other fish than themselves. Some of the more aggressive puffers have to be kept alone!

For LOADS of puffer info and help - have a look at

I found this site incredibly useful when setting up my Colomesus tank.

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Joined: 13 Feb 2005
Location: Foster City, CA

PostPosted: 2005.05.08(Sun)19:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at these great puffer info sites. Cool

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Gotta love our little fine-finned friends.
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