Pea puffer with rummynose?

shrimpdude

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The last few weeks I've been thinking/reading about caring for a pea puffer, and I was wondering if one would get along with a small school of Rummynose tetras in a heavily planted 20 gallon high tank. Would the puffer feel too crowded/claustrophobic?
 

Fahn

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The puffers would probably bite them to be honest. There aren't many compatible tank mates with dwarf puffers, though I heard anecdotal evidence that otocinclus do fine with them. This is just a hunch, but I would think Asian stone catfish would be fine with them. They're small, inconspicuous, have armor plating and are from the same region as peas.
 

david1978

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If you dont have the tank yet it might work in a taller tank like a 29 gallon. Im just thinking the tetras would stay up higher away fron the puffer.
 
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shrimpdude

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david1978 said:
If you dont have the tank yet it might work in a taller tank like a 29 gallon. Im just thinking the tetras would stay up higher away fron the puffer.
The tank is already set up and about a year old, and my rummies tend to stay near the bottom, which I'm pretty sure is normal for these specific tetras.
 

JDWebb01

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We had a Pea Puffer in a 21 gallon planted tank with Rummynose, Tetra's, Featherfins and 5 Gourami's. He was just fine with them. He was in there for snail control of which he did a poor job, so he was exiled to his own tank and replaced by a dozen assassin snails!
 

Fishdiction

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Im a fairly new owner of 3 pea puffers and from what i read the only other fish they should be kept with is oto corys. They will nip at any other fish, shrimp and eat snails. I have read a couple cases of them being kept with a ghost shrimp but not much else. However i am not an expert lol.
Did you end up getting any?
 

JDWebb01

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Read my above post, we had one Pea Puffer, was not a problem with other fish or Ammono shrimp. However, they are territorial, one per 20 gallons was the recommendation when we got ours.
 

Redshark1

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What in particular is it about Ottos that render them immune to being bitten?

I would have thought any fish could have its fins bitten off.
 

JDWebb01

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Redshark1 said:
What in particular is it about Ottos that render them immune to being bitten?

I would have thought any fish could have its fins bitten off.
Not sure I follow, we have 5 Ottos in the 21 gallon low profile tank where the Pea Puffer was (for about 4 months until we moved him) and he didn't bother anyone. At all.
 

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