Should I get a puffer?

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My fave puffer is a dog face,  closely followed by a spiny box puffer.
This is not a decision taken lightly as it will dictate the direction my tank takes.

I have approx 40x flow and this may be too much,  I'm reading up to see if my thoughts are right.

I know it'll obliterate my CUC, this much I'm sure of.
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #1

I can't see why not. If you get a smallish one, any big red legged hermits will probably be fine for a few years until the puffer is much bigger (the rest of their natural life probably) but anything it can get purchase on with it's jaws, it'll use either just to eat or to keep it's teeth filed down.

I'd keep your flow how it is and observe the puffer, it'll be obvious if it's too much as it'll avoid the high flow areas. My Porky, which must be the least agile of all the puffers will still blast straight into the 12,000lph powerhead if there's some food coming from it's direction...
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Good to know. Still want to look around to see if there is any new info.
What's the best food to feed to keep their beaks in check, are shelled cockles too tough?
If I go for a small one it'll need smaller shelled items.

On a side note, my reactor and doser have turned up! Yey!
I should really sort this out!!

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A small one won't need it's beak grinding for a long time. A big one won't have a problem with cockle shells. :)

Watch youtube videos of people feeding them, you see them being fed all sorts, good stuff and bad, but it shows their eating ability!

They're big dirty fish though, the equivalent of big block 5.7L Chevy V8... Big and dirty, very un-fuel economical, they eat a lot of big food, and produce a lot of waste, so you've got to consider that. Make sure your skimmer is ample and you've nothing that needs low nutrients in the tank.
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Nearly bought one today! Stayed strong, may get it tomos! Lol.
Standard type plenty of black spots,  great colour gradient, yellow around the mouth and eyes, it was full of life actually chased down what it thought was food, another good sign, it's beak\teeth were short, the onky thing that out me off was its top lip had a split in it like it had bumped into something, the split was clean with no signs of infection, it wasn't flapping about, didn't look irritated either.
I don't know if I should hold out for a specific type or get a standard one.
I should really sort this out!!

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