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I had to go to a lfs today,and decided to look at the fish while thereyeah.gifThe fish I liked the best was a dog Face Puffer-he was SOOOOOO coolwhatjust.gif They are salt water fish,right? I was tempted to get him,but am totally unprepared so didn't. I took a few pics and a vid,but for some reason can only get 2 off of my phonedoh11.gif There were others there,but this guy was just special-I swear he would make,then hold,eye contactexactly.gifAnd he does look just like a dogohmy.gifDoes anyone know about these fish? He's just begging to be named Fido,Spot,or something similar!

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He really is a trip! Not ugly-just cool! Here is the vid-it finally downloadeddoh11.gifThey apparently get to be about 1' long-the guy said like a volleyballblink.gifMy goodness,that would be taking on a cat or something,at this pointkrazy.gifHe's only about 4" now-maybe 3"unsure.gif

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I know Haley-I think they need at least 90 gal.,and I wish I had room for that size tank(not that that has ever stopped me beforeyeah.gif). I have never had a salt water tank either,and wonder how difficult it would beheadscratch.gif The guy told me that if you use an acrylic tank their TEETH will scratch the frontyikes.gifI def need to do some more investigating! I don't even know if you use a regular type filter like for goldies. There were also some very lovely corals and things(expensive too!)for sale.

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That thing creeps me out! But if you like it Susan... more power to you! :D Just think; do you love it as much as your goldies? Because I know that if I added another big tank that was meant for a different type of fish, I would definitely end up wanting to fill it with goldfish instead after a few months. lol

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It scares me a little too!

You should ask Edith about the salt water. It is a COMPLICATED process! Like cycling takes you a couple months!

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Saltwater tanks need a lot of patience, time and money to set up, and puffers are really messy so need a lot of space and don't do well with most other fish. You would have a monster tank with ONE fish in it. Their beaks often need manually trimming too or they overgrow like budgies. They're interesting fish but they're also very specialist, I think you've got enough to do with your millions of goldies!

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I agree with Sarah. It's lots of work.

Dogface puffers are full saltwater. While they can be ok in a community, it's a very specific community with very specific fish, and often, no corals. There is lots of info on thepufferforum.com that can give you a bit more info, if you like.

I personally love puffers, I have two species and plan on eventually having more. But, they are A LOT of work. Beak trimming is just the beginning of the specialty things they need. O and you'd definitely need an RO unit to make saltwater with, as puffs have the same goldfish-water-change-routine that we are O SO fond of, but tap water can contain phosphates, which lead to ugly algae, and trace metals, which will kill off your live rock.

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I thank you ladies for your warnings AND your wisdomFlowers.gifAnd perhaps if I had a larger place I would consider itheadscratch.gifMy goldies are practically a full time occupation! And thank you for that link,Sarah,a very interesting forum that I may continue to investigate. I was just very taken by this particular fish,he had very soulful eyes and a way of seriously engagingfishtank.gif Just out of curiosity,how do you trim their beaks?

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I know what you mean about the eyes, I love dogface puffs and plan on having one eventually.

To trim beaks you have to put them under anesthesia and then use fingernail scissors to gently pare away the teeth (they are about the same thickness as fingernails) but the best method is prevention...giving your puffers lots of hard shelled animals to eat. My GSP loves snails and shrimp and I have even heard of them eating molluscs. :) I have had him for over 4 years now and haven't had to trim his beak (and hopefully won't ever have to)!

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I used to have a 75 gallon saltwater set up and honestly once it was up and running I wouldn't say it was harder than freshwater. So far goldies have been more difficult to me. But the salt is messy and salt creep is a pain. And like any tank cycling is a real pain. I adore puffers. They are some of the friendliest most engaging fish around. My puffer was by far my favorite fish and he had the most beautiful eyes. He would eat out of my hand. I loved that fish, so I could see someone who loves the spunk of goldies loving puffers who have some of that same attitude.

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Interesting Amy,thanks for your inputsmile.gifJust out of curiosity,could you 'seed' a salt water tank w/ media from a gf tank,or is it a different game all together?

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It was the first tank I ever had...in high school. I had a bunch of smaller tanks, too. I had everything from tangs to lionfish to an octopus. Not to mention a my tree frogs and snakes and iguanas and newts....I was that weird girl. I broke it down when I went to college. Then my mom had it with fantails in it, but they eventually sold the tank. If I had time to maintain it, I would set up another one.

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