South American pufferfish Colomesus asellus

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South American pufferfish Colomesus asellus

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Hello!
Honestly all I'm asking for is for someone with a/who has had a SAP in a community tank to clarify if what the article says is true, I'm not willing to put my fish at risk of being injured etc by a bad decision I've made because I really want some kind of puffer.

http://www.wetwebmedia.com/fwsubwebinde ... tNeale.htm

In short the article is saying because they lay eggs and leave they're unlike the others as they will not become territorial over that and just genuinely seem to always be on the move which is the opposite of every other puffer resulting in them not being so vicious..

Also if anyone could recommend a puffer they have that's fine in an aquarium with other fish I'd really appreciate that.

Figure the best bet is to literally ask for first hand experience over trusting articles and I have had some bad advice given to me by most fish shops and some point so I find it hard to believe what they're saying

Fish list
6 X cardinal tetra
4 X female fighters
4 X bristlenose
1 X Otto
2 X dwarf gourami
Whole bunch of shrimp I'm not fussed about becoming food
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123L fluval flex

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Greetings. :]

Not to sure about Puffers, sure someone here will have an inflated answer. ;)
...I'm going for long drive to check if my piles to are OK :grin:
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Welcome to the forum. :)
I'd be very wary of puffers in anything but a species-only tank.
Anything with teeth, and puffers have bigger teeth than most other fish, is likely to cause a problem at some stage.
A tankful of them would be pretty awesome though. :)

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Thanks guys, also here is a picture of my tank, had it running a month
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plankton wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 20:42 pm
Welcome to the forum. :)
I'd be very wary of puffers in anything but a species-only tank.
Anything with teeth, and puffers have bigger teeth than most other fish, is likely to cause a problem at some stage.
A tankful of them would be pretty awesome though. :)
Same as really. Species only tank is your best bet. Even if they can't eat the other fish, they will try and nibble on their fins.

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Post by Ric »

The article itself states they can be fin nippers. And if my eyes don't deceive me, you've got two dwarf gouramis in there, which would then be the obvious target.

Also, this is second hand experience, when I was young our neighbour got a puffer fish to deal with the snails in his tank (like people do with clown loaches nowadays). Unfortunately, the puffer hadn't read the job description and very quickly took aim at the livebearers' eyes. He went back to the shop pretty pronto.

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