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  1. So, it seems that this forum has become a little bit of a bastion for puffer keepers - especially of the freshwater variety, which is awesome! There's not been such a resource on care since ThePufferForum became dilapidated. I've gravitated towards puffers over the years, and have kept quite a few of the common species, although there are many (many, many, many) more I'd like to keep. They're like chips, you can't just have one! My Green Spotted Puffer: My Figure 8 Puffer: My Dwarf Puffer: My Valentini Puffer: I've had other species, including the Blue Spotted Toby, a Dogface (short-term, holding it for a friend), a Porcupine (short-term, for the same friend), Amazon Puffers, a Hairy Puffer, and an Avocado Puffer. Next on my list are the Redeye Redtail Puffers and Schoutedeni Puffer! Share your pics and videos of your puffers here!
  2. Recently ditched my 29 gallon and moved my puffer community into a 40 breeder. So far all is well. Just thought I’d share. Cheers!
  3. There will soon be a new puffer in the family, but I’d love to talk brackish basics. @Zenzoand @Chris, I know you folks have brackish tanks with Green Spotted Puffers, and I think others also have brackish tanks. Since it’s possible the fish will be living in fresh water when I get it I’m not sure how to cycle the tank. Should I cycle with fresh water and then slowly raise the salinity? Will that affect the cycle? Or should I cycle with a low salinity and then somehow acclimate the fish?
  4. @Myznada08’s thread about her new Figure 8 inspired me to start this thread. I’m a puffer fan and I’ve been thinking about getting one but I’m not sure what to get. I’m trying not to rule out anything at this point, but if it’s over $300 or grows to be over 7” it’s out. @mountaintoppufferkeeper I’d love to hear your impressions on the Mekong River Puffers, they look ideal. I’d also love to hear ideas and see pics of others! @ZenzoI’d love to hear some thoughts on the brackish puffers.
  5. I got my first puffer yesterday! I'm so excited and have been doing alot of research to properly care for him. He's a figure 8 puffer. It's my first time working with a brackish system but so far I think it's going well! I put some Anubis that I had in my other tank, so I'm excited to see how it holds up. If you have any tips for me I'd love to hear them!!!! Oh by the way I named him P. Diddy 😁
  6. Hello I just got my first puffer. And it seems he was WC. But he won’t eat and stays I. The corner by the sponge filter. Any advice
  7. There was a video on Instagram where people were burying bycatch pufferfish so that animals wouldn't eat them and die. Does anybody recognize the species? I have a feeling it's saltwater, I couldn't find anything close on google. Thanks!
  8. I've kept many species and seen aggression from almost everything, many non-pike cichlids, two types of dwarf pike cichlids, variatus platys, plecos, wild bettas, etc s ome of which have ended in major injury. Plecos in particular are pretty vicious fighting over caves in my experience. That leads me to think freshwater puffers might be getting get a bad reputation. I work with the hairy puffer pao baileyi (now paired up) who never had a fight since arrival in 2018, and seperately have the mekong river puffer pao palustris in a colony that has now been in the fishroom for a month or two. Are Pao puffers really total murder machines who need solitary confinement in all instances or are they the victims of a reputation that might be amplified by how the exist in the hobby? A few of my 6 pao palustris colony definately chase each other from time to time and give some quick though intense "mouth hugs". I would bet those are probably territorial arguments. They end fairly quickly once line of sight is lost and everyone moves back to the cave or plant roots they call home. My current belief is they arent trying to fight to the death since they are all doing well eating, exploring, general puffering, and there has been only superficial scrapes thusfar. Those arguments have become less frequent as they have settled into defined territories. The attached short video clip is from earlier and is the palustris colony's typical feeding response to frozen krill. They even feed with a bit of a pecking order and exhibit some personal preference for certain foods. I have also observed both of those behaviors in my hairy puffers. Is the reputation of the ambush puffers based on research, a built in margin of safety due to their cost and how they are sold to hobbyists, aquarium legend, something else ? Am I just lucky with the 9 individuals over 2 Pao species I've kept so far? What say you nerms?
  9. A couple months later and I'm loving how everything is looking. It's not the most elaborate or uniquely aquascaped tank, but I love my puffer community tank.
  10. Anyone successful with plant in brackish with figure 8 pufferfish
  11. Happy New Years everyone! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snails Nerite Snails (Red Spot and Zebra) Mystery Snail (Gold) Bettas Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Nemo Koi Plakat Super Red Cichlids Pelvicachromis Silviae "Affin Subocellatus" F1 Apistogramma Agassizii "Fire Red" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Gold Dwarf Cichlid Bolivian Ram German Blue Ram Assorted Small Discus (Red Turquoise, Pigeon and Tiger Turquoise) Corydoras Adolfi Cory Skunk Cory Corydoras Hastatus Orange Laser Cory Leopard Cory Salt and Pepper Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory Plecos L177 Gold Nugget L128 Blue Phantom LDA33 Snowball Common Colombian Otocinclus Bumble Bee Otocinclus Other Catfish Lima Shovelnose (Pretty cool catfish gets 19-20" in size and not too aggressive) Loaches Dwarf Chain Loach Kuhli Loach Laos Mini Dragon Loach (Sweet looking mini river species) Zebra Loach Tetras Black Phantom Tetra Serpae Tetra Longfin Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy Nose Tetra (Tank Raised) Silver Tip Tetra Platinum Hatchet (Wild Colombia) Red Arc Pencilfish (Wild Peru) Rasboras Chili Rasbora Exclamation Point Rasbora Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Glowlight Danio Mustache Danio (Danio Dangila, Wild, Big Whiskers On These) Yellow White Cloud (New Species, Tanichthys Kuehnei) Other Cyprinids Roseline Shark Siamese Algae Eater (Tank Raised) Gouramis and other Anabantiformes Sunset Honey Gourami Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami Females Sparkling Gourami Black Tiger Dario (Wild) Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Blue Variegated, Green Lace, Red Snakeskin, Cobra Red, Flamingo, and Leopard Tuxedo) Calico Lyretail Mollies Red Leopard Sailfin Mollies (Nice Looking) Golden Leopard Platy Rainbows Yellow Rainbow Thread Fin Rainbow Furcatus Rainbow Oddballs Black Ghost Knife (Tank Raised) Mud Fish (Phractolaemus Ansorgii) Pea Puffer Amazon Puffer Fish in pictures top to bottom: Laos Min Dragon Loach, Yellow White Clouds, Lima Shovelnose, Red Turquoise Discus, Red Leopard Sailfin Mollies, Plakat Super Red, Leopard Platies, Red Arc Pencil Fish.
  12. Looking forward to the site! Been fishkeeping for many years, went head-first a year ago!
  13. Hi there! I’m looking to purchase a figure eight puffer for my new (empty) 40 gallon brackish water tank. No one in my area sells them so I was looking to purchase one online. What would be the most reputable source to purchase one from?
  14. Does anyone have any experience breeding pea puffers?
  15. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving week! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp (Large sized) Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Blue Velvets Bamboo Shrimp Mystery Snail (Gold) Nerite Snail (Red Spot and Zebra) Assassin Snail Bettas Crowntail Show Halfmoon Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Round Tail Black Dragon Koi Gouramis and Other Anabantoides Female Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Pearl Gourami Blue Fin Red Flame Paradise Fish Leopard Bush Fish Black Tiger Dario Cichilids Apistogramma Agassizi "Double Red" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Bolivian Ram (one of my personal favorite fish) German Blue Ram (locally bred) Assorted Angelfish (Large and locally bred from Randy) Red Koi Angels (Locally bred by Dean) Philippine Blue Angels (Locally bred by Dean) Corydoras Adolfi Corydoras Albino Corys (Tank Raised) Orange Laser Cory CW010 Pygmy Cory (Wild) Similis Cory (Tank Raised) False Julii (Tank Raised) Plecos Lasiancistrus sp. "Rio Momon" Common Colombian Otocinclus Bumble Bee Otocinclus Red Lizard Catfish (Tank Raised) Super Red Plecos (Locally bred from Randy) L333 Yellow King Tiger (Locally bred by Dean) Loaches Reticulated Hillstream Loach (Back in stock!) Kuhli Loach Yo-Yo Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Diamond Head Neon Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy Nose Tetra (Tank Raised) Silver Tip Tetra Three Lined Pencilfish (Wild Peru, pretty cool looking with red dots) Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Chili Rasbora Exclamation Point Rasbora Pork Chop Rasbora Danios and Other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Giant Danio Zebra Danio Burmese Goldring Danio White Cloud Minnow Ricefish Orange Medaka Rice Fish (Locally bred by Dean) Other Cyprinids Panda Garra (Wild) Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers (El Dorado and Green Cobra) Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Cobra Red, Blue Variegated, and Flamingo) Assorted Sailfin Mollies (Green and Silver) Assorted Platies (Silver Blue and locally bred) Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbow Killifish Egger's Killifish Pairs Oddballs Senegal Bichir (Tank Raised) Australian Desert Goby Pea Puffers Amazon Puffers
  16. Hope everyone is having a good Thanksgiving week! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shirmp Red Rili Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snails Mystery Snail (Gold and Ivory) Goldfish Panda Butterfly Tails (Back in stock!) Bettas Veiltail Crowntail Halfmoon Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Koi Nemo Gouramis Sunset Honey Gourami Cichlids Dwarf Victorian Mouthbrooder (Super cool easy to keep Lake Victorian Cichlid) Apistogramma Borellii "Blue" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Apistogramma Nijsseni "Panda" German Blue Ram Assorted Small Discus (White Butterfly) Corydoras and other Catfish Emerald Green Brochis Habrosus Cory Salt and Pepper Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory (Tank Raised) False Julii (Tank Raised) Panda Cory Dwarf Anchor Catfish Plecos Long Fin Blue Eye Bristlenose L177 Gold Nugget L128 Blue Phantom L200 Hi Fin Green Phantom (Been a while on these!) L190 Royal Pleco Common Colombian Otocinclus Tetras Bleeding Heart Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Green Fire Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Red and Blue Colombian Tetra Rummy Nose Tetra (Tank Raised) Long Fin Serpae Tetra Candy Cane Tetra Marble Hatchet Fish (Wild) Dwarf Pencilfish (Wild) Rasboras Chili Rasboras Pork Chop Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Odessa Barb Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater Rainbow Shark (Tank Raised and good sized ones) Roseline Shark Danios Giant Danios Burmese Goldring Danio (Back in stock!) Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers (El Tigre, Flametial "Wild Type", and Silverado Double Red Tail) Assorted Female Fancy Guppies Assorted Male Fancy Guppies (Cobra Green, Luminous Purple, Tequila Sunrise, Flamingo, and Green Lace) Black Lyretail Molly (Nice looking!) Black and White Platy Red Swordtail Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbow Thread Fin Rainbow Killifish Clown Killi Guentheri Killifish Pair (Awesome Looking!) Oddball Endlicheri Bichir Burmese Zebra Eel Ornate Rainbow Goby Centipede Knife (super cool and rare) Pea Puffers Amazon Puffers
  17. Amazon puffers back in stock! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp (Came in really nice, good blue color) Red Rili Shrimp Assassin Snails Nerite Snails (Zebra) Mystery Snails (Ivory) Goldfish Assorted Ranchus (Nice 3.5" sized ones) Bettas (all Betta Splendens are male unless noted) Crowntail Betta Halfmoon Betta Halfmoon Dragon Scale Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Koi Betta (some nice ones in this batch) Nemo Koi Betta Gouramis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Cichlids Pelvicachromis Kribensis "Taeniatus Bandouri" Apistogramma Macmasteri "Red Neck" Assorted Small Discus (Red Cover, Yellow Melon, and Tiger Turquoise) Corydoras Emerald Green Brochis Albino Corydora Polka Dot Corydora Habrosus Corydora Hastatus Corydora Panda Corydora Leopard Corydora Plecos L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco Common Colombian Otocinclus Loaches Dwarf Chain Loaches Yo-Yo Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra "Wild" Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra "Wild Colombia" Rummy Nose Tetra "Tank Raised" Dwarf Pencilfish "Wild" Neon Tetra Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Chili Rasbora Pork Chop Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barb Rosy Barb Rainbow Sharks Panda Garra "Wild" Siamese Algae Eater "Tank Raised" Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio White Cloud Long Fin White Cloud Rainbows Boesemani Rainbows Livebearers Endlers Males (Japan Green Lyretail) Assorted Fancy Female Guppy Assorted Fancy Male Guppy (Blue Neon, Leopard Tail, Cobra Gold, Cobra Green, Leopard Tuxedo, and Red Tuxedo) Red Leopard Molly Half Black Gold Lyretail Molly Blue Coral Platy Oddballs Amazon Puffers (Finally back in stock!)
  18. Here is my plan for the tank: 2.5 gallon aquarium Crushed Coral Substrate Simple LED Light on 12 hours light cycle for algae growth Sponge Filter Feeding zucchini, frozen bloodworms, and Xtreme Sinking Wafers Any thoughts for better success? Will be transporting a good amount of snails from my Guppy/BN Pleco Breeding Tank to get them started.
  19. Got in some really cool killifish this week plus more of Deans famous Midnight Rams! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snails Nerite Snails (Zebra) Mystery Snails (Gold) Bettas (All Betta Splendes are male unless noted) Black Orchid Crowntail Halfmoon Dragon Scale Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Super Halfmoon Black Avatar Betta Imbellis (aka Peaceful Betta or Peacock Betta) Wild Goruamis Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gourami Sunset Honey Gourami Pearl Gourami Cichlids Super Red Koi Angels (Dean Bred) Philippine Blue Angels (Dean Bred) Gold Rams (Dean Bred) Midnight Rams (Dean Bred) German Blue Rams Corydoras and other Catfish Corydoras Hastatus (aka Black Diamond Cory) Corydoras Loretoensis (Loreto Cory) Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Corydora (Tank Raised) Panda Cory (Tank Raised) Albino Marble Hoplo Catfish (Tank Raised) Plecos Long Fin Blue Eye Bushynose L264 Sultan Pleco L067 Lot Spot Pleco L34 Medusa Pleco Common Colombian Otocinclus Loaches Reticualted Hillstream Loach Tetras Black Neon Tetra Black Phantom Tetra Cardinal Tetra (Wild) Diamond Head Neon Tetra Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Eques Pencilfish (Wild) Red Arc Pencilfish (Wild Peru) Rasboras Neon Green Rasbora Brigittae Rasbora (Chili Rasbora) Exclamation Point Rasbora Strawberry Rasbora Barbs and other Cyprinids Odessa Barb Siamese Algae Eater (Tank Raised) Panda Garra (Wild) Danios Kyathit Danio Ricefish Daisy's Blue Ricefish Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers Yellow Tuxedo Endlers Pairs Fancy Male Guppies (Cobra Green, Cobra Red, Japanese Blue Lyretail, and Neon Metallic Blue) Vienna Guppy Pairs (Locally Bred) Flexipenis Vittata (Really Cool Livebearer and will school) Sunset Platy Marble Swordtails (Came in Halloween colors) Killifish Simpsonicthys Constanciae Pairs (Very interesting fins on this SA annual) Norman's Lampeye Killifish Six Barred Panchax (Very comparable to Golden Wonder Killi in body, nice yellow on the males fins) Oddballs Endlicheri Bichir Pao cf. Leiurus (aka Chao Phraya Puffer, treat as a specimen only puffer tank)
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