Oh very true. I had a couple of those little buggers. They are absolutely adorable and as mean as can be.
I've read some horror stories about people putting them community tanks.
They're like tiny hellicopters. They go forward, backward, straight up and straight down. They'll hide in a small little space and attack the other fish as they swim by. My little guys were always arguing. I kept them only with eachother. It reminds me of a Betta sorority but with hard chompers that crush.
The South American Puffer or SAP as they're usually called are also fresh water. I was encouraged to get those when I first started out because of their gentle nature. I "THINK" they're good community fish. But the biggie for me was the pretty much inevitable job of having to trim their beaks no matter how hard you tried to keep them filed down with hard foods like clams etc.
I couldn't stand it. After I answered the initial post I went and read posts from my puffer buddies for about an hour. I went to my fish store and came home with 2 Figure 8 puffers.
My 2 betta girls are in seperate containers. Not sure if I'll try a small soriority in the 10 gal or just keep the 2 seperate.
My puffers are about 1.5" and they're adorable. It was wonderful getting the hydrometer back out and mixing ocean salt and getting them all acclimated to my tank. They look like 2 little bumblebees gliding along.
Best Wishes, Beth
Originally Posted by Gizmothefreaky
the only puffer i know of that is fully fresh water is a Pea Puffer... But even those are terrible nippers, and would not be good in a betta tank. lol