Newbie Question About Puffer

Discussion in 'Puffers' started by Manuel1223, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. Manuel1223Valued MemberMember

    Hey so i have a 30 gal tank and really like the pea puffers. But i am worried they wont fit well with other fish im also looking at. Right now i have 3 red eye tetras( will move up to 6-8 once cycled) and 4 black molly. I really like the albino cory also. Can all of these mix? Ive heard and read they can be not so friendly. But im also pretty new and i just want to plan for my tank.

  2. smitty23Valued MemberMember

    I wouldn't suggest it. Puffers are not nice to other fish. They are gonna nip fins if they can't eat the prey.

  3. Manuel1223Valued MemberMember

    What can they be paired with then lol

  4. smitty23Valued MemberMember

  5. smitty23Valued MemberMember

    species only or most one puffer one tank. With peas you can have more peas.
  6. Manuel1223Valued MemberMember

    Im coming to the conclusion i cant have this fish :(
  7. YasMNew MemberMember


    My 2 puffers are approximately 6 months old now. I have them in a 50 gallon tank and I have them in Brackish water. I changed over from Fresh water to brackish approximately 2 months ago. I have noticed recently that one puffer is always grey on the belly while the second puffer has really brightened up with a more yellow appearance on his back. The bright yellow puffer rarely turns grey underneath (usually he's white) but here and there he will get a bit of grey. They do not fight with each other as the tank is so big they can hide on different sides. They sleep on opposite sides of the tank in their plants / hiding spots but during the day they seem to swim around together. I have been testing for ammonia levels GH, KH, PH, NO2 and NO3.

    Can someone give some advice on what I need to do to fix the puffer that is always grey? I don't want him dying.

    Test results as of 10 minutes ago

    Ammonia = 0.25
    GH = 120
    KH = 40 (i think that is pretty low?)
    PH = 6.5 (again, is this too low?)
    NO2 = 0
    NO3 = 160 (I double tested as this number seems really high)

    What is going on? Are my readings way out of wack? How do I get the tank stable. I should mention I have approximately 10 ghost shrimp in the tank for food at the moment.

    Thanks in advance!
  8. smitty23Valued MemberMember

    The shrimp will be gone... did you possibly do a deep cleaning or change filter pads?
  9. YasMNew MemberMember

    You can mix them with Plecko's, Loachs, and fish with barely any fins. I have had success with those pairings before.
  10. YasMNew MemberMember

    Filter pads were not changed as I heard that with off set the nitrogen cycle and only change the pads when absolutely necessary and the water flow is impeded. I did a 25 percent water change about 1 week ago and cleaned the gravel with the suction tube. The grayness was there before the cleaning, but did not get worse after the cleaning - just stayed the same.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2017
  11. smitty23Valued MemberMember

    You need to be doing 25 30% daily to get your levels stable again. Key to pollution is dilution.
  12. YasMNew MemberMember

    Thank you for the advice. Can I ask you what my levels should be looking like in a stable tank? And what factors would have upset the tank balance? I want to avoid any stress on the fish as much as I possibly can.

  13. smitty23Valued MemberMember

    Ph should be close to what it always is. Everything else should be very low and leveled out. Do you have a API master test kit? You'll need to be able to test your salinity, as well.
  14. YasMNew MemberMember

    No I do not. I only have the API 5 in 1 test kit and then the API Ammonia test kit. I guess I will be getting the salinity tester on Tuesday when the stores reopen. I assume this kit is to check how much marine salt I am adding? Thank you for all the advice.
  15. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    This should be moved to its own thread.
  16. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    pea puffers should be kept in species only tanks.
  17. YasMNew MemberMember

    Thanks for the advice! I wasn't sure how to start a thread as I am new to this site but I think I have now figured it out! Thanks :)
  18. Cori ElizabethWell Known MemberMember

    If you need any help navigating start a conversation with me :)

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