Large gentle brackish compatable puffers
Posted 01 December 2013 - 09:46 PM
Posted 01 December 2013 - 11:19 PM
Posted 02 December 2013 - 12:04 AM
I know it's poor form to recommend a non-native species, but it's in an effort to spare your native fish setup, so I'll say it: Try the malabar pea puffer.
It's a totally freshwater puffer that you can keep in a separate 10 gallon freshwater tank. It'll let you observe puffer movement and behavior without requiring a large tank, and without the puffer killing the fish in your native tank and turning it into a formerly-native-now-a-lone-puffer tank.
Meet Pierre the puffer.
"When setting up the tank, I needed some hearty brackish fish to cycle the tank. I added two black Salifin Mollies for about a month before getting my puffer. Mollies tend to be prolific breeders, and in happy conditions they will breed like crazy. I think after about 2 months there was 1 puffer and about 15 mollies in the tank. This leads me to my next point about puffer aggression, they don't like other tankmates. There are now about 7 mollies in the tank now, with absolutely no sign of the missing fish. Once I put a piece of krill into the tank, and one of the mollies was feeling pretty bold, so he decided he wanted to take a bite. The puffer didn't take kindly to this and promptly removed half of the mollies' head, including the gills and an eye. I watched this happen, and it was very quick and quite vicious. The puffer (from here on in known as 'Pierre') watched the molly for a moment and then SNAP, half the fish's head was gone. I figure the rest of the mollies are there because Pierre got to the tank after them, but their numbers are quickly dwindling."
He do how the fish with beaks do, as zefrank would say.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 06:43 AM
Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:31 AM
Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:24 AM
Great fish that can tolerate brackish water.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 03:49 PM
Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:38 AM
Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:41 AM
Not sure how common they are down there, or if they are easy to collect or not, but if you don't want to go that route, you may be able to buy one from a saltwater store. We used to get them at Petco fairly regularly, so they are definitely collected for the aquarium trade.
Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:02 AM
Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:01 AM
It wasn't pretty.
That's what happens in the city.
Stomp the burrfish
Stomp the burrfish
Stomp the burrfish.
Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:03 AM
Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:08 PM
P.S. Diodontidae - two teeth. That's like what, a beak? I've been bitten by parrots - it hurts.
One time when I was sampling with Justin down in Rhode Island I noticed he had a nasty looking cut on his finger. I asked him what happened. His reply was he had a tank with several large puffers. He never had problems putting his hand in the tank until one day when he brought some small crabs back from the ocean to give them live food. Since then he was unable to put his hand in the tank without being bitten. Anything that moves was seen as food.
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