I too grew a very small valentini puffer to nearly-adult size in a reef tank. Never bothered any of the Shrimp or Crabs though. Top Care Facts For The Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini) Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful Diet: Omnivore Origin: Indo Pacific Acclimation I have one now, and thinking of trading it in for another. 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…
He loved to just pop the bubbles on the bubble and nip on the hammer to the point that it brown jellied and died. He is really fond of zoos, but hasnt touched any of my softies, or the galaxea, frogspawn, hammer, and gorgonia.
I've lost a few zoa frags to it. I've had my Valentini for about five months or so with mushrooms and zoo's and he's been a model fish. Welcome to ReefCentral. He ignored softies and other fish, but he harassed plate corals and snails. 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. If it's one of your favorite fish and you're willing to keep a somewhat limited range of LPS, go for it. And now I have a couple new small sps and it's been nipping at them...mostly the Birds of Paradise. 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? I had almost no problems with her, although I did not tempt her much. Great fish.
I had a Valentini in my reef for several months and never really had any problems with him in regards to my SPS. I think you have better success with adding a more juvenile specimen. 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. He's eaten a couple hermits and a couple turbos. He gets fed mysis and flakes daily. I really loved that little toby -- she was a very interesting fish and I wouldn't hesitate to get another one. It may not display this or other websites correctly. 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. (If you're seeing this message, you haven't met them yet.)
I can't feed him enough. from what I've heard the mimics are most likely to nip at SPS, and even though they may sample softies they usually learn quickly that they dont taste very good. I looked into diamonds of the reef, but cant find anything on how one actually gets the livestock- are they shipped out? Of feeding toby or sharpnose puffers.
piscine tankmates would include my longnose hawk, yellowtail damsel, and YWG to be paired with a tiger pistol before the addition of the puffer.
probably include a few brittle/serpent stars, might try a coral banded shrimp. 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. They're certainly not going to be as coral-safe as a fairy wrasse - mine nipped at any "new and interesting" sps I added to the tank until they weren't "new" anymore - about a week. 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. Valentini Puffer for sale 4Less! Woke up this morning and my Valentini Puffer was lying on his side on the bottom of my tank.
Puffers and clams dont mix well, so be careful.
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). 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. Even the Turbos and Astreas. I'd like to have my rather large (2"+) electric blue hermit in here as well. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with our selling/trading rules to help make your stay a long and rewarding one. He would sometimes nip at the growth tips but never enough to really damage the coral, just slowed down the growth a little. Welcome to ReefCentral. 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.
That being said, the gorgonia would be a great choice for you, its non-photosynthetic and won't require any lighting upgrades, just the occasional feeding. some sites saying there some wat reef safe, some say no.
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. and will finally be adding some harder corals, and I hope he continues to do great. I also had a pencil urchin that went about its business (eating my corals) without ever being bothered. I finally setup a FOWLR tank and moved the Valentini to there. I've caught him occasionally nipping at SPS growth tips as well, but not consistently, the corals have plenty of time to grow back before he realizes it didn't taste that great. Not a huge problem, just meant that I couldn't buy any speck-sized frags. You must log in or register to reply here. This species is … There are no safe snails with a valentini. He was gasping heavily, but his fins … Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the. Any fine chopped grocery seafood, frozen and thawed to kill the parasites, raw, without salt and preservatives. This species is the most docile of the puffers. Mine jumped twice when it was in my 55g - in both cases, it was spooked by "the hand". Mine did at least. Yeah I forgot to mention that part. You are using an out of date browser. I've got a Fiji blue-spotted puffer, which I believe is similar to the Valentini. he hasnt caused to much havok, mostly just sampling, like someone else said.
I have a pair in my full blown reef and they bother nothing. She occassionally picked at a snail or two, but most learned to press up against whatever they were grazing on as she swam by (and I never saw her actually get a snail off a rock -- but she would nip at them if they were exposed.) I'm upgrading to MH's within the next week (yay!) 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. They are a fun little fish with lots of personality! Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the. They're certainly not going to be as coral-safe as a fairy wrasse - mine nipped at any "new and interesting" sps I added … My other established zoas are not bothered. Overall though it's pretty doable.
yea I had opened a thread like this last year and I end up buying one and returning him after he went after my ricordea. I noticed the biggest problem with mine, was when I added new corals to the tank after him. 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.
Anyone have any experience with them. 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. I had pretty much the same experience as others above - I wouldn't get another because of the clam and snail issues. Not sure there is anything I can do, but I figured I should try. I'm thinking I will do the mimic filefish after all, apparently the puffers often nip at perching fish like hawks, so they're out. Similarly, she seemed to enjoy going after hermit crabs, but I don't believe she ever ate one. or you pick them up? 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? He did however seem to like killing my Hammers and my Bubble coral. I'd love to include one in the dedicated soft coral dominated tank Im planning to setup, mostly softies and mushrooms, nothing especially tasty.
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