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I have been looking for a fish for a while now that has a grand personality. I want it to fit in a maximum of 75 gallons. I like oscars a lot, but want something more. I absolutely love puffer fish, but feeding them seem difficult and expensive. If there are any intermediate puffers that get around 6 inches and are not hard to care for let me know. I also like flowerhorn but I feel like they are not the best fit for me. Anything helps!
 

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Do you plan stocking anything else in this tank?

Congo puffers get to about 6 inches but they're pretty aggressive
 
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Nothing in the tank, I don’t even have the tank in my possession yet because I’m moving and wasn’t gonna buy a tank and then move it
 
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Also, with Congo puffers, how do I keep a steady food supply. I heard they only eat snails, crabs, and muscles
 
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Also, with Congo puffers, how do I keep a steady food supply. I heard they only eat snails, crabs, and muscles
 

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Don't have a puffer bigger than an inch but you could start a colony of pest snails (bladder, pond, ramshorn) These breed the fastest and grow pretty fast.
 
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qchris87 said:
Don't have a puffer bigger than an inch but you could start a colony of pest snails (bladder, pond, ramshorn) These breed the fastest and grow pretty fast.
How exactly do I start a colony up like that
 

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Blood parrots are hilarious if you want to try them instead of the puffers. 75 is the minimum for a pair. I have one in my 55 and she's like having an aquatic toddler lol.
 

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Preston Landolt said:
How exactly do I start a colony up like that
5.5 gal tank would probably suffice. Unless it gets extremely cold where you live, you won't need a heater but they do grow faster the warmer the water is. You can usually get the snails for free from petco or petsmart or an lfs. I feed my colony zucchini slices, carrots, bottom feeder pellets, etc. A piece of cuttlebone for calcium.
 

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Some highlights from my own, in case you need any more convincing lol:




She bickers with my male EBA on occasion but they never hurt each other.
 

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I think medium size cichilds will do fine in your tank...Blue Acaras, rainbow cichilds, firemouth get up to about 5-6". As for personality...it's tough to figure out since they are cichilds. Some are really nice and mind their own business and others are really jerks too...
 

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I wanted a puffer too but they are rude fin nippers and picky eaters.

I wanted a tank with no limits so I started with the Blood Parrot as my first intersting fish(very interesting at that). You can put almost anything with them.

They tend to get a little territorial but their mouths our deformed(hybrid fish) and they can’t bite other fish. I also have an Electric Blue Acara with mine.

Out of my 20+ fish in my 125 gallon, the blood parrot is by far my favorite and I got him for $10 as apposed to my expensive discus.

You will never regret the Blood Parrot. Trust me. Don’t do schooling fish, they are boring and mindless creatures.
 

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I always thought of the blood parrot as an ugly mutant, and it pained me to look at it because the poor thing could not close its mouth.

Well now I know this fish a little differently. Thank you.
 

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Preston Landolt said:
I have been looking for a fish for a while now that has a grand personality. I want it to fit in a maximum of 75 gallons. I like oscars a lot, but want something more. I absolutely love puffer fish, but feeding them seem difficult and expensive. If there are any intermediate puffers that get around 6 inches and are not hard to care for let me know. I also like flowerhorn but I feel like they are not the best fit for me. Anything helps!
This is coming a bit biased from a freshwater lover (i’ve only owned 1 saltwater tank and i just did not enjoy it). You could try a female betta sorority with some community fish as fillers to make the tank look more full. I’d imagine they would look amazing in a 75, and you could keep a lot. Females aren’t as colorful so of course you could get a male instead for color, but all bettas have the puppy-dog personality. Guppies do as well but a plain guppy tank might be drab.
 

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I think we're all biased because so many gorgeous male Bettas are produced.

But if I had never seen a male betta I would certainly think that my females are all quite lovely little fish, and colorful too.

But it wasn't so when I was younger. Most female bettas were pretty small, dull browinsh fish.

The past 40 Years of betta breeding have done enormous things.
 

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Ulu said:
I think we're all biased because so many gorgeous male Bettas are produced.

But if I had never seen a male betta I would certainly think that my females are all quite lovely little fish, and colorful too.

But it wasn't so when I was younger. Most female bettas were pretty small, dull browinsh fish.

The past 40 Years of betta breeding have done enormous things.
I agree. I didn’t mean to come off as against females! I have definitely seen some beautiful colorful ones, and the giants take my breath away. I prefer males simply because of their flowy fins, but even males can be bland sometimes. It really depends on where you’re getting the fish.
 

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Well I wasn't blaming anyone in particular, but I just think it's a result of progress that we have become jaded in our obsessions.

I take it for granted the fabulous fish that I see being offered for $4~$12 that were simply unavailable 40 years ago.

But there are many many modern miracles people take for granted and they haven't existed 1/5 as long as I have.

It's not just the fish about which we have become jaded.
 
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