View Full Version : Puffer fish wanted

05-22-2015, 05:56 PM
I am looking to convert my 65 gallon freshwater planted aquarium to provide a home for a pufferfish.
I am mainly thinking of freshwater puffers as the changeover will be cheaper than going saltwater (skimmers, live rock etc)
Anyone know where I can buy freshwater pufferfish?

05-22-2015, 07:15 PM
I've gotten puffers from Pets Unlimited, in Burnside. But the only ones I've asked for were dwarf puffers.

Have you researched their care and is the tank cycled? Puffers are very sensitive to ammonia and nitrate levels and usually require over-filtration.

Which puffer are you interested in purchasing?

05-22-2015, 07:25 PM
Tanks been running for about 2 years.
Just looking to switch things up.
Ideally looking for something like a Palambgensus or similar. Freshwater puffer that doesn't get to big for a 65 gallon.

05-22-2015, 07:26 PM
When choosing a few puffer be sure to research any species you find . Many "FW"spevies are actually brackish species . Don't let that discourage you, brackish is very easy , just like running a fresh tank just add extra salt . You can convert a cycled FW tank to brackish simply by increasing the salt levels. It's recommended to do so over a couple weeks to allow benificial bacterial to adjust to the increasing salanity but I've done conversions very quickly with no issues.

05-22-2015, 07:42 PM
I have kept reef aquariums and freshwater but never brackish.
Trouble with brackish is it won't agree with my existing plants. I was really looking to just switch up the livestock to include a puffer.

fish lady
05-22-2015, 08:55 PM
some plants do fine in brackish .what plants to you have

05-22-2015, 09:12 PM
Not too sure about the names of the plants.
Whatever types they are, they seem to be growing well in fresh.

fish lady
05-22-2015, 09:31 PM
here are some that do well in brackish just in case you may want to go that way
java moss
"Giant" Val
Temple Plant
java fern
hygrophilia sticta
water sprite

05-23-2015, 06:48 AM
Thanks for all the tips and comments everyone.
Anyone know where I can get the fish from? I am in saint john NB and would be willing to drive or order online.

05-23-2015, 10:23 AM
To research which puffers I feel I can care for and support, I get a lot of puffer information here for freshwater puffers:


and brackish here:

This is just because they have some nice information sheets. When I found a puffer I was interested in, I took the common name and the scientific name and googled it so that I can get as much information about them as possible.

If you don't mind ordering online, Aquabid would be one option. There is a huge variety on the site and you can find fish that you may not locate locally. Be prepared for shipping charges and a few emails to work out the delivery methods of the fish.

05-23-2015, 10:33 AM
Thanks Tonia.
Never heard of aquabid before, going to check it out now.

05-23-2015, 10:48 AM
I have a couple fresh water pea puffers I'm looking to sell

05-23-2015, 10:52 AM
I have a couple fresh water pea puffers I'm looking to sell

What are you looking for money wise?
Would you be interested in a trade?
Where are you located?

05-24-2015, 09:46 PM
Oliver Lucanus from Below water has Tetraodon schoutedeni in stock

05-25-2015, 09:36 AM
Bit confused about what Below Water is?
Doesn't appear to be a store.

05-25-2015, 10:11 AM
Ya if you look up belowwater you'll find his website is more about his books and photography . He does sell sone fish, specifically rare expensive ones ,but doesn't really advertise . One of those word of mouth things and once you find out about him you can request to be added to his email list for price list and availability updates.

If you'd like just PM me your email and I can forward you his contact information and current price list. He does normally have adrica puffers in his list . Currently he's got the congo's mentioned above as well as mbu listed. I'm not sure either would make a good choice if these are your first puffers , mbu get huge and are listed at 150 each. Congo's are small but very rare as a result he's got them at $480 each!!

Shop around , puffers arnt all that rare, if you ask around local shops I'm sure they can find something for you.