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22 May 2017 22:50 #1 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)
Has any one any experience keeping pea puffers.

Picking up 6 of them tomorrow.


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Craig

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23 May 2017 05:55 #2 by PondScape (Alexander Hahn)
One of my favorites!

They are very picky eaters and really do prefer live food... definitely add snails to the tank, just no Malaysian trumpet snails as the shells are too hard for them. Frozen bloodworms are also good as a treat.

Its generally recommended not to keep them with fish but i kept mine with otto's, micro rasbora's and shrimp with no problems. They ate the baby cherry shrimp though. Just don't keep them with slow moving fish with long fin's.

They are pretty aggressive to each other so you need to provide lots of hiding spaces so they can establish territories and break their line of site in the tank. for 6 puffers 120 liters and up is a good tank size.

Other then that they are full of personality and great little fish to watch. feeding time is the best =D.

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23 May 2017 11:49 #3 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
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Either tropical fish magazine or the practical fish keeping magazine had a good write up about these a while ago.
I think I still have the magazine at home, that I could send you. Or it maybe available on google.
From what I remember they were great fish to keep and I thought about setting up a tank of them at the time.
Now you have mentioned it, I must look into doing it.
Keep us updated, and if they have babies let me know!!

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23 May 2017 14:53 #4 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)

PondScape wrote: One of my favorites!

They are very picky eaters and really do prefer live food... definitely add snails to the tank, just no Malaysian trumpet snails as the shells are too hard for them. Frozen bloodworms are also good as a treat.

Its generally recommended not to keep them with fish but i kept mine with otto's, micro rasbora's and shrimp with no problems. They ate the baby cherry shrimp though. Just don't keep them with slow moving fish with long fin's.

They are pretty aggressive to each other so you need to provide lots of hiding spaces so they can establish territories and break their line of site in the tank. for 6 puffers 120 liters and up is a good tank size.

Other then that they are full of personality and great little fish to watch. feeding time is the best =D.



Jesus really 120 litres I have a 45 litre tank set up and a trusted LFS employee told me that 45 litres would be ok for 6 :-((

I have been researching on line and it says roughly 10 litres per puffer because they are so small tank is heavily planted with cut offs from my planted community tank.


So should I maybe go for a smaller group my thinking would be that the less of them you have in the group the more aggression there would be.



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23 May 2017 14:55 #5 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)

Jonlate wrote: Either tropical fish magazine or the practical fish keeping magazine had a good write up about these a while ago.
I think I still have the magazine at home, that I could send you. Or it maybe available on google.
From what I remember they were great fish to keep and I thought about setting up a tank of them at the time.
Now you have mentioned it, I must look into doing it.


Keep us updated, and if they have babies let me know!!


Thanks for the offer for the magazine it's the one I actually missed lol

Yes I'll keep you updated


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Craig

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24 May 2017 07:27 - 24 May 2017 07:29 #6 by PondScape (Alexander Hahn)
Everyone has different experiences and it really depends on the individual puffers....

I had a terror of a male i had to rehome thinking it would be ok to put two in a 40L tank.

A lot of sites recommend 10L per puffer alright but i find a lot of sites really don't take aggression into consideration and they are only minimums.. not ideal tank sizes.

Here is a article by practical fish keeping mentiond above.... They actually recommend over 30L per puffer fish.
www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/features/...ep-dwarf-puffer-fish

In a 45L tank they wouldn't be able to establish individual territory between 6 so they would be constantly sizing each other up and fighting which i suppose would spread aggression... Like in African Cichlid tank. Just keep a close eye on them all if you get em.
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