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    I just got some pea puffers and I couldn't be happier!

    I just got my first set of pea puffers. 1 boy and 3 girls... I think. That's what I was going for and I'm pretty sure I got it.





    Also got 5 otos... So far so good



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    Man I love pea puffers. I had some years ago, but aren't they brackish? Looks great btw!
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    Pea puffers are not brackish. I have them in my planted tank. they help keep the snails in check.
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    Oh ok awesome! I wasn't sure. Now I want some for my planted community
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    definitely a neat fish to have....and 4 puffers in that size tank should not be a problem. i have 4 in the 10gal and no aggression at all. eat like pigs though

    i tried for 1M and 3F, but i got 2 and 2. difficult to tell when they are young. two have the distinctive eye patterns now (the neon blue cracks). mine have never bred, or are just continually eating the eggs out of the java moss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troy tucker View Post
    Pea puffers are not brackish. I have them in my planted tank. they help keep the snails in check.
    yes def not brackish. and no snail lives in my tank either haha. when i go on an extended vacation i go to petsmart or whatever and they give me a bag of pond snails for free from their tanks. drop those in and all gone by the time i return.

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    Wow! They eat em up like that, that fast? I gotta defiantly get some now. There so cool to watch. Harder to find up herein Huntsville, I may have to go to fish-r-us
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    Do y'all think they'd be ok in a planted community?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TattedUpFishGuy View Post
    Wow! They eat em up like that, that fast? I gotta defiantly get some now. There so cool to watch. Harder to find up herein Huntsville, I may have to go to fish-r-us
    i cant say how quickly they ate them. i just know i can throw in like 50-60 or so and i still never see a snail. they will pick them off over time. the snails just dont have the time to grow up. i normally see them at fish gallery whenever i am there.

    i removed my nerites from the tank before buying the puffers since i heard they will essentially pick as the foot of the larger snail and can stress them to death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TattedUpFishGuy View Post
    Do y'all think they'd be ok in a planted community?
    its generally not recommended, but i have heard of it being done. it depends on the fish and setup. puffers are slow moving, but they can get very protective of their territories and will nip fins a lot. they also like a heavily planted tank or they can become stressed.

    if you Google it...some have success and others dont with tankmates. people that do say its ok have smaller and faster fish to avoid getting nipped. like white clouds, danios, maybe some more active tetras or rasboras.

    i for one have them in a species only tank, which is usually the recommended route. some larger amano shrimp to clean up the extra scraps is the only other thing in there.

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