Abei puffer with cichlids?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by AnthonySharpe, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. AnthonySharpeNew MemberMember

    I was just wondering if I could add any cichlids to my 60 gallon abei puffer tank, or would it be a bloodbath? I was wondering if there was a fish aggressive enough to defend it's self against a very aggressive abei puffer. The tank has very good water parameters, and has two seperate filters, both are rated for 70 gallons each. Thanks
  2. Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    I wouldn't. Any cichlid that would be big enough to defend itself would be big enough to do damage to the puffer. Abei are best kept by themselves.
  3. ricmcc

    ricmccWell Known MemberMember

    There are many cichlids that would be quite able to defend themselves, but none that I will put into a sixty gallon tank.
    As you know, your puffer is unlikely to win a Mr. Congeniality award anytime soon, so perhaps should be kept as a specimen.
    He might like the company of snails.--------rick
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2014
  4. OP

    AnthonySharpeNew MemberMember

    Well is there anything that isn't a cichlid that could work? I just want to make sure, I do apologize for asking.
  5. Tonia

    ToniaWell Known MemberMember

    Puffers generally prefer to be in a species only tank. They can tolerate some bottom feeding fish, but will either be extremely aggressive to other fish or go into hiding and possibly die due to stress.

    As large as this guy can get, you could possibly try another Abei Puffer, but make sure you have secondary plans if they will not get along.

    This link was offered by another member of the forum, I am posting just the information about the Abei for you. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information available about this particular puffer.


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