or you pick them up? Sure they can close the operculm and protect themselves but as soon as they start to crawl around again, the puffer will likely nip the foot and take pieces off.
There are no safe snails with a valentini. Great fish. Shrimp, fish, cuttlefish, baby octopi, calamari, mussels on shell, spaced in tank for a some time - you will find more details by entering "puffer dentistry" in the search engine. Of feeding toby or sharpnose puffers. He would sometimes nip at the growth tips but never enough to really damage the coral, just slowed down the growth a little. He was gasping heavily, but his fins … I learned to be very careful and had no problems after that. I'm upgrading to MH's within the next week (yay!) I've never had a problem with them eating soft corals, and I don't have any stony, but mine was pretty tough on my hermits and snails. Mine did at least. I had pretty much the same experience as others above - I wouldn't get another because of the clam and snail issues. piscine tankmates would include my longnose hawk, yellowtail damsel, and YWG to be paired with a tiger pistol before the addition of the puffer.
I too grew a very small valentini puffer to nearly-adult size in a reef tank. I had a female for a few years, during which time she grew from very very small to close to her adult size. Theyre pretty cool little species of puffers, if there some wat reef safe maybe ill take a chance? Mine sampled too: frogpawn and sun coral, the first didn't slower growth or inflation (was bitten a couple of times only), the sun coral looks like being very disgusting at his taste - tried once, spit without resampling spitted, and never tried again. Any fine chopped grocery seafood, frozen and thawed to kill the parasites, raw, without salt and preservatives. Welcome to ReefCentral. I'd really love one of these guys; from the fairly sizable amount of research I've done, it seems like these guys are feitsy, personable little fish who can sometimes turn on corals and will often eat snails and hermits. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with our selling/trading rules to help make your stay a long and rewarding one. Overall though it's pretty doable. He never seemed to bother a single coral that was in the tank when he was first introduced, but just about every coral I added after him was sampled at least once and some even more.
I know that a Valentini Puffer is not reef safe, but I have done quite a bit of research and have found that many have had success with keeping it with corals and some inverts. I have one now, and thinking of trading it in for another. Puffers and clams dont mix well, so be careful.
Filefish recenly tried sun babies - they closed for a while, but restored. Do you guys think more success would come from adding one to an established with tons of corals already, or adding the fish first and building the corals up? Great fish with alot of personality. I also had a pencil urchin that went about its business (eating my corals) without ever being bothered.
Never bothered any of the Shrimp or Crabs though. I feed mine with a grid feeding clip modified on a swingarm/piece of acrylic which allows me to remove the food after the puffer is full.
It was never enough to cause the corals to die or rtn or anything, but enough that it slowed growth way down as he liked to eat the new growth tips. I noticed the biggest problem with mine, was when I added new corals to the tank after him. He gets fed mysis and flakes daily. You must log in or register to reply here. I just put a fiji puffer in my small reef tank the other day. I've had my Valentini for about five months or so with mushrooms and zoo's and he's been a model fish. My other established zoas are not bothered. A Valentini would probably do alright in the system you describe, but a totally safe alternative is the mimic filefish Paraluteres prionurus which mimics the Valentini puffer and looks almost identical and is total reef safe… I'd like to have my rather large (2"+) electric blue hermit in here as well. Welcome to ReefCentral. Because of the sheer size of our forum, we've been forced to limit selling and trading to members who've met a couple of criteria.
This species is the most docile of the puffers. I too grew a very small valentini puffer to nearly-adult size in a reef tank. Top Care Facts For The Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini) Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful Diet: Omnivore Origin: Indo Pacific Acclimation Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with our selling/trading rules to help make your stay a long and rewarding one. You are using an out of date browser. He is really fond of zoos, but hasnt touched any of my softies, or the galaxea, frogspawn, hammer, and gorgonia. Or something inbetween, adding the puffer to a tank with a few hardy, quick growers like Xenia and Birdsnet for SPS, tell he learns there's better food? I really loved that little toby -- she was a very interesting fish and I wouldn't hesitate to get another one.
Kenya tree, white lemnalia, GSP, BrownSP, yellow polyps, anthelia, white xenia, red mushrooms, green hairy mushrooms, candycane, hammers, frogspawns, blastomussa merletti, scolymia, lobophyllia, acan echino, chili and sun coral (these two require personal care, but they live well in tank with valentini puffer).
He's eaten a couple hermits and a couple turbos.
I had a mature cleaner shrimp, a serpent star and a brittle star (both of whom had cover under rocks), and some gorgonians and soft corals that the toby never bothered. I had almost no problems with her, although I did not tempt her much. For example, mine will eat shrimp and snails but will not touch crabs. Similarly, she seemed to enjoy going after hermit crabs, but I don't believe she ever ate one.
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