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    I've kept the brakish water puffer fish. They are finicky eaters. Mine will not eat flakes (because of the shape of their mouth). It would only eat live food. Check out its massive fused chompers, that thing is meant to tear flesh apart [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    thats right guys, they are brackish water fish for the most part...

    I have been pretty succesful in my aquaculture, and have kept a couple brakis tanks... one of my favorite brakish fish is the scate... or is it skate...

    any how...

    Puffers are cute, but nasty when it comes to keeping with other fish, just remember, if it's a live, and it can get it's jaws into it, it will.

    One easy way to feed them is ask your local pet store for any pest snails they have growing in their tanks, set up another tank with just a minimal filtration system in it, and throw a leaf of lettuce in there ever couple of days, soon you will have a massive explosion of snails, and thus food for your puffer.

    I did this with my clown loach, which is also a snail muncher (not widely known.) Oh, and if you have a clown loach and keep live plants, if you ever find a curious u shaped bite in your plants.. hehh.. guess what! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    If you have never kept fish before, I would suggest starting with a fresh water species, you don't have to go common, most major cities have at least one fish store that carries some easy to care for fresh water fish that are exotic...

    keep in mind also that some of the so called 'easy' fish, aren't so easy... I have seen angel fish die because a light popped on and gave it a heart attack! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    there used to be a great angelfish store online called oodlesofangels.com but it disapeared a while ago... had some gorgeous german blue blushers on that I was hoping to buy someday... but the guy could never keep up with his orders and I was number 250 on the waiting list or something...

    Oh... one more thing...

    if you really want a nice fish, no matter the species... do your research on it first, and don't just JUMP at the fish in the local store, a suprising amount of them are what we call 'culls' and should have been used as feeder fish... that doesn't mean you can't find great fish, study breeder sights, learn the charachteristics of a good specimen of the breed, and go for it. (You CAN order fish safely through the mail too&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    If you have a big tank, I recommend Cichlids. Most are easy except maybe Angelfish and Discus. I think they're very interesting to observe, as compared to the more typical aquarium fish. They don't swim around mindlessly back and forth. They have territories and defend them against intruders. They are curious fish, love to dig and redecorate your tank. And their mating habits are also very interesting.
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    Yes Cichlids are a great fish. I had them before there fresh water easy to care for and kool to watch if you find a bug or gold fish and put it in the tank they will rip it aprat and eat it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]


    On the puffers brackish water fish? Every time Iv seen them I was scuba diveing in salt water or at a salt water fish store . I never knew they were brackish water fish dont brackish water fish live some were some were fresh water and salt water meet ?



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    West - yes, many species of puffer live where fresh and salt water meet. You've probably seen the saltwater species - which are true saltwater fish. To complicate it further, some brackish water species spawn in water with little salt, and gradually move into saltier water as they age.

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    hey everybody

    actually, most of the "freshwater puffers" out there are actually freshwater fish. i have been into freshwater puffers for years and have done alot of research. alot of these fish do very well in fresh or brackish set ups, but have been reported as living in freshwater habitats in the wild. the figure 8 puffer (tetraodon biocellatus) is found in freshwater habitats, but seems to do better in a brackish set up and will get bigger in a brackish set up. some of the very large and most interresting puffers are freshwater fish. here are some freshwater species

    tetraodon travancoricus (dwarf puffer)
    tetraodon lorteti (red eyed puffer)
    colomesus asellus (amazon puffer)
    takifugu rubripes (fugu ouffer)
    tetraodon duboisi (stanley pool puffer)
    tetraodon mbu (giant puffer)
    tetraodon schoutedeni (spotted congo puffer)
    xenopterus naritus (bronze puffer)
    tetraodon miurus (congo puffer)

    these fish do well in fresh to light brackish water

    tetraodon biocellatus (figure 8 puffer, better in brackish)
    tetraodon cutcutia (avocado puffer)
    colomesus psittacus (banded puffer)
    tetraodon erythrotaenia (red striped puffer)
    tetraodon leiurus (target puffer)
    tetraodon nigroviridis (green spotted puffer, better in brackish)
    tetraodon lineatus (fahaka puffer)


    these do well in brackish to full marine

    tetraodon fluviatilis (ceylon puffer)
    tetraodon biocellatus (figure 8 puff)
    tetraodon nigroviridis (green spotted puff)

    there are many more than this as well. here is a great web site for fresh and brackish puffers.

    http://www.pufferfish.co.uk./aquaria....dex.htm

    puffers are very fun and very cute. ive never seen fish with such personality. they are always curious and watch every move you make. its almost like theyre interrested in what your doing. anyone who gets puffers is sure to love them.
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    What about porcupine puffer?

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