Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Palm Springs, CA
I've read the same mixed reports about pea puffers. But I was being overrun with bladder snails, so after extracting a promise from my LFS that they'd take them back if needed, I got two tiny half-inchers. So far they've been model citizens in my new 55 gal they share with 2 guppies, about a dozen ghost shrimp, and an all-you-can-eat escargot buffet. If anything, they seem rather timid. Surprisingly, the homocidal (piscicidal?) maniac in the tank has been one of the female guppies. She harassed and killed the smaller male & female I bought with her, and relentlessly chases the big female I bought to replace the ones she murdered. The replacement has managed to keep out of her way--and both seem to dropping fry right & left.
Planning to get a group of angels eventually, and am prepared to either take the puffers back to the LFS, or reseal an old 7 gal hex that's been sitting in the garage and incarcerate them there. But in the meantime they're quite entertaining, and are performing a much needed service.
Will be interested to see what kind you end up getting, and how they work out.....