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Dwarf Puffers - tell me all about it!

I heard they are great in a species tank, how about a single one in a community tank? Are they happy flying solo like a pleco?

If he/she is the only one in there, will it still be a big bully to everybody else? I think the Golden Barbs will take care of themselves, but I also have false Julli Corys did want to get them beat up or tormented.

Thinking about a Bolivian Ram also - are they happiest in a pair?
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The dwarf puffers are pretty aggressive, and their beaks are sharp. Had a buddy stick one in a tank with a frog, and it bit off all the frogs limbs. They can do some damage, so if you do get one keep an eye on it.
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Does better in brackish
Will attack anything and everything
Bullies but fun to watch!
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some are brackish - some are fresh.


all are extremely aggressive
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Does better in brackish
Will attack anything and everything
Bullies but fun to watch!
Dwarf puffers are full freshwater fish they should absolutely not be kept in a brackish tank. They may survive for some time but it is an unhealthy condition for them to live in. Perhaps you are thinking of green spotted puffers or figure 8's.

To the OP, I would not keep dwarf puffers with other fish. They are like little mini helicopters with sharp beaks that will tear your other fish's fins up. You may hear mixed opinions on this. The reason is puffers can have very unique personalities. Some may be more peaceful than others but you always run the chance that one will decide to have a tasty fish snack one day. Even your golden barbs can be a target.
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Agree with axelrod. They can also be picky eaters requiring snails and live worms
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Must be feed snails or other crustaceans with hard shells to keep there upper and lower beaks in check.
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saw a guy tranq one and clip its teeth/beak with nail clippers, haha, no thanks.....
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Maybe I can talk the wife into a second (smaller) display tank the main tank generates PLENTY of snails for food (I'm harvesting at least 30 pond snails out every 2 weeks)

Won't try to put one in the main tank, but still thinking about the Bolivian Ram pair.

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Things might be looking up! Showed my wife a video of a dwarf puffer hunting snails and she thinks they are cute and hilarious. I told her we could keep one in a smallish all-in-one tank, she's already talking about replacing a shelving unit in the living room with something nice that can hold a tank on top of it! (evolve or spec v or something similar)



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Must be feed snails or other crustaceans with hard shells to keep there upper and lower beaks in check.
indian dwarf puffers aka pea puffer are full freshwater and do not need their beaks trimmed!!!! but will not do well in a community tank
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Dwarf puffers are full freshwater fish they should absolutely not be kept in a brackish tank. They may survive for some time but it is an unhealthy condition for them to live in. Perhaps you are thinking of green spotted puffers or figure 8's.

To the OP, I would not keep dwarf puffers with other fish. They are like little mini helicopters with sharp beaks that will tear your other fish's fins up. You may hear mixed opinions on this. The reason is puffers can have very unique personalities. Some may be more peaceful than others but you always run the chance that one will decide to have a tasty fish snack one day. Even your golden barbs can be a target.
^ this. I think someone I talked to once tried to toss one in with an African Cichlid and it still killed the Cichlid. They ARE NOT brackish. They are freshwater. Most puffers are brackish or salt, but these guys are 100% fresh. One nice thing about them though is, snails are generally free. Go to your local LFS/Petsmart/Petco and ask them for pest snails/pond snails/malaysian trumpet snails. Most of them are a nuisance to those stores and will gladly give them to you for free.
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Ok, so I'm thinking one of these in a 5g nano maybe 2 in a 9g, heavily planted (of course!)

These little guys like to play in the substrate, but eco-complete has to be way too rough for them. You think they would look better against black blasting sand or white pool filter sand?
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Dwarf puffers do not play in the substrate. They spend most of their time cruising the tank and looking over every rock, tree and plant. Very cool fish. They are one of many freshwater puffer species. Here is a site dedicated to all puffers with lots of info.http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
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dwarf puffers can be vicious sometimes.... but if you keep them in groups they will behave better. I have 4 in a 5 gallon brackish tank for more than a year ... their team mates are bumblebee gobies and they stay on the substrate while the puffers get the upper part. They will attack only small snails and their beads do not grow. I keep them well fed on bryne shrimp and black worns.... mine will not even eat frozen food.

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