Valentini puffer and corals?

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While I’ve never kept one personally, I have seen some in soft coral tanks. I’m not sure if they’d munch on the skeleton of the LPS corals. @HotRocks or @4FordFamily may know as they keep many types of puffers.
 

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I personally have never had a puffer in a tank with coral of any type. @4FordFamily probably has though because he loves to bend the rules ;)
 

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I personally have never had a puffer in a tank with coral of any type. @4FordFamily probably has though because he loves to bend the rules ;)
I’ve never tried that, though I tried a dogface with mushrooms and it did not end well.

Many keep Valentini with coral but some get burned for it. :/
 

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I never had issues in my two years with one. I hear about it every once and awhile, and I hear about the blue spot puffers eating coral somewhat frequently. I think it's a bit like blennies where from time to time one will go after a coral. And it gets obfuscated because the big sites don't differentiate between coral safe and snail/crab safe.
 
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I personally have never had a puffer in a tank with coral of any type. @4FordFamily probably has though because he loves to bend the rules ;)
Ya this tank’s theme is gonna be a kinda bend the rules tank. Filtration is really only a aquamax hob 1.5 skimmer, and maybe a hob filter along with water changes. I am also attempting to keep a coral beauty with corals also in the same tank
 
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I never had issues in my two years with one. I hear about it every once and awhile, and I hear about the blue spot puffers eating coral somewhat frequently. I think it's a bit like blennies where from time to time one will go after a coral. And it gets obfuscated because the big sites don't differentiate between coral safe and snail/crab safe.
Thanks for letting me know your experience
 

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Ya this tank’s theme is gonna be a kinda bend the rules tank. Filtration is really only a aquamax hob 1.5 skimmer, and maybe a hob filter along with water changes. I am also attempting to keep a coral beauty with corals also in the same tank
The coral beauty probably won’t be an issue. I keep a regal, potters, and flame all in a LPS/softie tank.

Anything is possible though...
 
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I had a valentini puffer and he was a model citizen. Never nipped at acans, duncans, zoas or palys. He ate frozen well and was a great fish to watch. He jumped during a cleaning and died unfortunately. So I bought another from my LFS. I was watching him the same day I put him in and he started eating my duncans like they were nori. The LFS took him back the next day.

FWIW my pygmy filefish pair does not bother any of my coral.
 

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My Valenti puffer was given the boot after nipping at my Scoly. I can't remember else he was nipping at but he was definetly a nipper. He was really cool but wasn't worth the hassle of him nipping at my coral. I think he also nipped at my Blasto.
 

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I've had a valentini and blue spotted puffer (on 2 separate occasions) with sps and euphyllia. They never bothered anything, but ymmv.
 
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I've had a valentini and blue spotted puffer (on 2 separate occasions) with sps and euphyllia. They never bothered anything, but ymmv.
Pulled the trigger on a blue spot recently. Is in quarantine right now so I can not say for sure how he is going to do. I also got a coral beauty so it’s gonna be a tad risky
 

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I have a Valentini, it can be hit or miss for sps, never went after the birdsnest but anything else sps he did. He does fine with most soft and lps (except Favias and acans).
 

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