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Green Spotted Puffer Fish

Updated on November 14, 2012

You Just Got A Green Spotted Puffer Fish...

You are in for a real surprise if you just got a green spotted puffer fish from Wal-Mart or pet store, thinking that these cool fish are just like any other fish, right?

WRONG!

My experience has been that these fish are very intelligent, and I think they act a lot like dogs. They will happily greet you with very expressive eyes, and will take food from your hand, just watch out for their sharp teeth. Also, they have unique habits that make them a joy to watch. As you will read later, they sleep at the bottom of the tank.

The advice given here is strictly from personal experience with these fish and my friends at a local pet shop. Keep reading to learn more about the green spotted puffer fish, a unique pet and what it takes to keep them alive and happy. With such a unique fish, you will certainly want to keep it in good health.

Oddly, the extra work and care is worth if for these interesting little creatures.

Everything you wanted to know about the Green Spotted Puffer Fish

First off, green spotted puffers are brackish fish. Even though many pet stores sell them as freshwater fish, they are not by any means. When keeping your puffers, you must be sure to have some salt in the water to keep them alive.

Puffers are pretty hearty but require some basic care that need to be addressed. Puffers can even survive in fresh water for some time, but in fresh water, they won't thrive and will eventually die.

I add aquarium salt, and usually keep the salinity between 1.005 and 1.015. In addition, watch out for "salt creep". As the water evaporates, the salinity of the water will increase, so keep an eye on your new hygrometer, and if the salt content gets too high, add fresh water or water with a much lower salt content.

The Beak

Puffer fish have a very nasty sharp beak which he uses to crack off bits of coral, tear apart plants, and take chunks out of aquarium materials. The beak is actually fused front teeth which in nature the puffer uses to crack open mollusks and crustaceans. If your puffer doesn't have something hard to eat every once in a while, the teeth will continue to grow, and eventually they will interfere with your fish's ability to eat.

Coloration

Green spotted puffers have an attractive coloration that attracted me to them originally. Under normal conditions, the back of the puffer is a deep green with black spots all over it, with a white belly. This is normal coloration, but like the chameleon, the puffer can change its colors as he or she sees fit. Sometimes instead of a creamy white, sometimes they will have a completely black belly, and the spots and colors on the back will fade to very pale. They will also sometimes have spots on his back and a black belly. If your fish has a black belly all the time, he is most likely sick, but if he changes all the time, he's a healthy little guy.

Behavior

Puffer fish spend a good deal of time sleeping at the bottom of the tank. That is, until you pay attention to them. The rest of the time, they swim around in the tank exploring and nibbling at stuff, every once and a while ripping off chunks of plants and filter downspouts.

Puffer Care Item #1

Get A Larger Fish Tank

Puffers require a larger tank. The "recommendation" is 30 gallons per fish. The green spotted puffer can get up to 6 inches in length. So if you have a smaller tank, (less than 5 gallons), consider an upgrade- if not a 30 gallon tank, which can be expensive, (over $200) perhaps the more affordable Marina Style 20 Deluxe Glass Aquarium Kit - 20 Gallons to start with. The reason for the large tank has to do with the fact that the puffer makes a great deal of ammonia waste that can build up fast in a small tank and kill your fish. They are also very sloppy and messy eaters, which contributes to more food waste decay.

This tank kit has the right combination of a powerful enough filtration system along with enough space for a small puffer. As it grows, you will need to eventually upgrade to a 30 or 50 gallon tank.

You can see a 30 gallon tank at this Amazon link (tank only) 30 Gallon Acrylic Aquarium - Regular

You can see a 50 gallon tank at this Amazon link (tank only) 50 Gallon Acrylic Aquarium - Regular

Puffers do not get along with many other fish, although tank mates consisting of bottom feeders might do okay in some cases. Smaller fish will get promptly eaten by puffers, so the best choice for any other fish is going to be another puffer. The only issue then is you will need an even larger tank.

Marine Salt
Marine Salt

Puffer Care Item #2

Get The Right Salt...Marine Salt

Although they can live in freshwater, this causes stress and premature death for the puffer. The remedy is to add marine salt, one of our favorites is Aquarium Systems Instant Ocean Aquarium Saltyou want to make sure to read the instructions to add the right amount of salt to your water. This particular brand is used by public aquariums and research facilities.

Puffer Care Item #3

Keep an eye on the water quality

Most of all, you want to keep an eye on the water quality. We use Seachem Prime this product is an "All-in-one" product that conditions existing water or new tank water to eliminate harmful chemicals, pollutants and ammonia. This product is also helpful in maintaining the slime-coat of green spotted puffers.

Puffer Care Item #4

Monitor your water quality

Make sure your spotted green puffer is happy in its watery home. You can do this by monitoring your water quality especially the ammonia level. Like we mentioned, puffers generate a great deal of ammonia, so its important to periodically test the level of ammonia, to see if you need to add any conditioner to the water. We use the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals 401M Salt Water Aquarium Master Test Kit for Testing High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate Levels This has everything you need to make sure your puffer stays healthy. A black belly is a sign of distress, a sign of poor water quality.

Puffer Care Item #5

The right food

Green spotted puffers love many kinds of food and need shell-fish to keep their teeth in shape. Yes, these fish have teeth that if not kept ground down, will grow much like a rodent and impede their ability to eat. You can feed them a host of different foods including:

Small snails-Very good food source

Ghost shrimp-They love shrimp

Small, live fish

Shrimp pellets

Spotted puffers are omnivores, they will also go after green plants and make small round holes in the plants. A variety in your puffer's diet will make for a happy fish!

Puffer Care Item #6

A Black Belly???

You might notice that your puffer has a black belly. What does this mean? For the most part, from my observation, a healthy fish will vary its color. Sometimes the belly is milky white while other times the belly is black. From what I have read, this is normal, as long as the black belly is not constant. In that case, experts suggest that your puffer might be sick, or in distress. The most common remedies for this are:

1. Test the water for ammonia- change water or condition if necessary.

2. Make sure your puffer is eating the food you are presenting and change diet if needed. Remember, they prefer live food.

3. Perhaps the tank is not large enough- increase its size and/or rearrange the habitat.

These are common cures to a chronic black belly. Please leave a question below if your puffer has other ailments.

Remember, These Fish Live In Salt Water

Puffers might be living in a freshwater environment when you purchase them, you will need to move them into a salt water medium to avoid stress and death of the fish.

The Green Spotted Puffer Fish In Action - If you don't have one of these fish, what are you waiting for!

Check out these videos about the GSP, you can see they have a great personality and are a cool fish worth the extra effort to care for.

Do you have a question about the Green Spotted Puffer Fish - Leave your question or comment here, thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How do puffer fish have babies?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My spotted green puffers like to hang out at the top of their tanks... is this normal? they still swim around but they prefer the top to the bottom and all my reading indicates it should be the opposite. am I doing something wrong?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My GSP has stopped gill function in one side and is spitting his food back out. What can I do to help him before he starves himself to death?

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      BigFish1 7 years ago

      [in reply to Brandy] First, start with the obvious, is the tank water brackish? Also, is the water clean and filtered properly. After these items are taken care of, look at the size of the tank. Is it over 10 gallons? If not, consider a larger tank. If the gills are not functioning, this might be gill flukes. In this case, try using tank buddies parasite clear from PetSmart.

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      BigFish1 7 years ago

      [in reply to Af] This should not be a problem. Some of my puffers hang at the top too.

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      BigFish1 7 years ago

      [in reply to Henrry] They have live young up to 20 maximum and 7 minimum.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      you feed them only once a day cuz they love to eat and you can over feel them and kill your puffer[in reply to stephy]

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      your hot...<3<3 i like you[in reply to autumn]

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've been feeding my green spotted puffer fish thoes little blood worms and he loves them. I'm unsure how much to be feeding him and how often. I was told to feed him about 3 times a day and to feed his as much as he can eat with in two minutes. I'm concerned because after i feed him his belly gets big and i'm hoping im not ever feeding him. His belly gets pretty large and i hope i'm not feeding him too much. Is it ok that his belly gets big after i feed him? Please help me out!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this is silly to ask but do they actually puff up like big puffer fish i really am curious.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      yes im pretty sure they do puff up, nothing crazy or enormous tho like the big ones. and theres no spikes or anything it looks like his belly is blown up like a balloon im pretty sure. youtube it! i think i seen some vidoes on there :) i just got my puffer fish 4 days ago now and ive been going crazy researching about it lol [in reply to ving]

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have 4 spotted puffer fish and wonder how often I should feed them snails? I read that the snails should be about the size of the puffers' eyes? Is this correct?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My "Wal-Mart" puffer has been doing ok for about 2 weeks but today I noticed something on his fin, closer to his body vs. the tip. It's redish in color, I originally thought a dried shrimp was stuck but as I observed him closer, it's actually his fin, looking now sowewhat like blood, although none of the fin is missing. He also had 2 other puffer friends who all seem to get along. (I watch them a lot!) Anyone heard of a red fin with no damage?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my puffer fish got stuck in the filter, but we turned off the filter & he swam out. but he then floated at the top of the tank, & we thought he was dead. he then came back to life. he can't swim properly though, his back fin almost seems snapped, can they fix this themselves, or is my puffer fish going to die?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      how often do you feed it

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      how often do I feed them

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my puffer has not eaten since oct 10th and is runnung into everything in the tank and his eyes seem to be dilated more than normal and seems to be blind. I am starting to wonder if something is wrong with him. I have puffers before and never had this problem. Anyone have any Ideas what might be going on?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      First of all I have owned GSP's for over four years and have grown very fond of the little guys. They’re very smart and inquisitive fish and prefer interaction unlike other fish. To shed some light on your question...

      Yes they do puff. All puffers have the ability to do so. However, it is a "last ditch " effort to stay alive reaction brought on by extreme stress (a scare). Young puffers actually can die from the stress it is exposed to causing him to puff up. Keep in mind, if your fish is happy the only puffing it should be doing is from food stretching its belly out. Which for mine it’s kind of cute. Also if your puffer does puff up leave him submerged in the tank. Be very care full if you take them from the water they should ALWAYS BE TRANSFERD UNDER WATER INCASE THEY DO DECIDE TO PUFF. Puffing is done drawing water into their body’s from a hole in their mouth. If they draw in air it will kill them. Also add salt to your tank it will engage their metabolism and promote health.

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      Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Adorable puffer! I have a porcupine puffer. Years back, I had a green spotted puffer and he was a real cutie. They have such endearing personalities.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey i've got 2 GSP's that are 1 1/2-2inch, apparently meant to feed them once a day.However have heard that when they get bigger, meant to feed them every other day. So depends how big ur puffers.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thank you

      i got all my questions answered.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I wash one of those that thought the puffer was cute and brought him home, yes from wal-mart. I had no idea he was different than the others. I went and got him the brine shrimp cubes, but he doesn't seem interested. Pet-co wouldn't sell me any of those tiny lil snails. He doesn't seem to bright as the rest of you have said. He kinda just swims along the glass. I tried dropping some food in front of him, but he just ignores it. Any help would be great, my lil daughter loves him n I want to make sure I can keep him alive.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My walmart puffer doesn't seem to like the freeze brine shrimp cubes...He also just wonders back n forth acro the glass.I hwould be great...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My GSP seems to be "shedding" and he is not eating. I know they don't have scales, so I do not understand what is going on. We just added a plecostomus to the tank a few days before the puffer got sick. Because he refuses to eat, I did add a "weekend feeder-disc" today so that he could at least get some nutrients. Does any one have an idea why my puffer is acting this way?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      m,

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was just about to buy one of these cuties from walmart today. but i didn't instead i went home and didn't some reaseach. thank goodness i did! I was going to put it in a smaller tank then suggested and could have killed the thing with out knowing. thanks for this information about these cuties!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Do Green Spotted puffers breed often? and how?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      how can i tell which is a female and a male?

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      BigFish1 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I am not sure about the sex of the gsp, sorry.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a gsp, 2 guppies, a black finned tetra, some shrimp and a mystery snail in a large tank. If I add salt, can the other crittters live with salt in the water? If not how long can I expect my gsp to live? Will he eat the snail? I hope not, but I will continue to add ghost shrimp for him to grind his teeth on every once in a while. Hurry & thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just got a gsp and was wondering about feeding him the small snails as you suggested, are these live snails that I feed him or are there some sort of frozen or freeze dried snails that I get? If they are alive will he just eat them off the side of the tank or where ever they are crawling, if so should I only put a few snails in at once or will he eat till hes full and than stop...sorry for all the questions but thank you so much for the help!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      If i want to feed my gsp snails, should these be the small snails that one can buy that crawl around the tank (if so does he just eat them when he feels like it or should i only put in one at a time?) if not are there frozen or freeze dried snails im supposed to feed him? thanks for your time and help :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just got a new gsp and he is kind of sitting at the bottom of the tank...you mentioned they will sleep at the bottom of the tank...should i assume hes sleeping? ...im a little worried

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What kind of size tank should i get??????????

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: ther bellies

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      colekels 7 years ago

      I got my GSP about a month ago. He is a very happy guy swimming all over. Yesterday the air pump in the tank failed and I had to pick one up tonight. I noticed that he was fine this morning but just before I got the punop he was laying on the bottom breathing heavy. I fed him some brine shrimp and he ate like normal. But then went back to laying on the bottom and breathing heavy. Any ideas what it could be?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      today i just bought 2 green spotted puffers, and i already love them! But i want to know all i van to help keep them happy and healthy so would someone please e-mail me about this. At the moment i have a fish bowl until i get a chance to buy a tank. I have tropical fish flakes (they seem to like that so far) but i would still like to know more about them. So someone please help me!

      hannahbanana_93@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm doing a homework assignment on the Green spotted puffer fish and i can't find out how big they get when there puffed up (at a full grown age) how much bigger/rounder do they get? I need an answer soon tell me if you can

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      the one about the homework assignment if you could please message me at chasesoccer1@hotmail.com thanks if you can (don't publish this one please)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i have 2 gsp's and one has a milky white bottom all the time and the other always has a black bottom. any ideas on what might be wrong?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i can't afford a tank that big or any of the salt and amonia checker thingis do you think i should sell my puffer

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hello. I bought a GSP about 6 months ago. He is in a 10 gallon tank. I know it's small and I am currently saving for a larger one. He is only about 2 inches long. Until about a week ago, he was doing great. Then he stopped eating. I've tried everything. His salinity is about 1.005. Amonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels are all at 0. I gave him ghost shrimp, krill, and sun dried shrimp. He won't touch any of it. The edges of his mouth are dark gray and his green is dull. His belly is still white or a very light gray. His teeth don't seem too long (I can barely see them). I don't know what to do. Please help.

      laurenity@hotmail.com

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Do these spotted green puffers exhibit some zombie like symptom on other fish that try to attack?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      If I add salt to my take will that kill my other fresh water fist

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Green spotted puffer fish do get along with algee eaters. I have two green spotted puffers and an algee eater at home and they get along great. Their names are Mrs. Puffers, Mr. Puffers and Al (the algee eater). So I strongly disagree with your statement "Puffers do not get along with other fish."

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      do they actually puff up? if so when?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just bought four green spotted puffers from walmart, not knowing they are brakish, and added them to my freshwater tank along with my two kissing fish and large pleco. One GSP has already died. So i bought some aquarium salt. I also bought two fiddler crabs, ten ghost shrimp, and two live plants with a few very small snails on them. I just need to know first off if i add aquarium salt will this kill my kissing fish and/or my pleco? I've had them for a little over a year and have grown fond of them and don't want to kill them. Also, how much salt do I add? I have a 55 gallon tank. Thanks for all your help.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just bought my first puffer fish and it has red eyes is this normal?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      what happens if your puffer fish wont unpuff. and how do you know if your puffer fish teeth are to long

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: your fish wont die with aquarium salt, its good for fresh waterfish. its MARINE salt you don't want to give them. marine salt is for saltwater fish. i believe its 2 tablespoons per 5 gal. so go by that or read on the back of the package i woudlnt keep the puffer with any other fish he will nip at them and destroy them possible even eat them except the pleco he might do good.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      um my fish is allmost white on top with brown spots is that normal bcuz i don't know what to do i need help i really don't want it to die but on the bright side i pufed up for me today :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      um is a puffer a bottom feeder?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Kim. I've ad a GSP for about 2 months and I've done a lot of research before I even bought him. Unfortunately from what I've learned a pleco will not do well in a salt water tank(I wanted to get a Zebra pleco). Puffer fish require their own tank usually, and it is SOOOO worth it. I don't know about your other kissing fish however. I recommend asking about it at a store that speacializes in aquariums before going further.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Are their spots on his belly? That is what you should be looking/worried for. But also remember that these guys love to change their colours depending on their mood. Mine will go from dark green with spots on his back when he is hunting, or if I surprise at night by turning the light on then dark green will go yellow!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have patches of white fuzzy stuff in my tank is it possible it's eggs or what is that?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      can puffers eat pellets that you would feed ocars.etc..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I Noticed one of my green pufferfish has fewer larger spots and the other has many more small spots does this mean anything?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My puffer won't eat, and will barely even move anymore. What should I do?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just bought one at walmart lol, not really knowing anything about them, can they get along with guppy fish? that's the only other type of fish that i have.... in the tank wanted to know before sumthing happends ill wait for a relpy thx

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Brandi: What kind of puffer did you get? Unless you got dwarf puffers I would say that your guppies will most certainly be lunch - despite the puffer's cute appearance, they are super aggressive and will even harrass bigger aggressive fish (I used to have one in with my convict cichlid and it would fin nip the convict even though it was like 5 times the puffers size - and their teeth are razor sharp!).

      Sarah: Try to feed it some frozen blood worms or shrimp - puffers prefer "real" food much more than the man-made flakes and pellets.

      Sunny545: I know there are many species, but I know nothing of sexing or anything like that- it could be a sex difference or just a regular variance like humans have many different hair colours.

      Mike: depends on how big they are - my babies and those less than like 2 cm really struggle with the Cichlid type pellets, but the bigger ones seem ok with it (that being said, both my big and small ones would much rather eat blood worms than flakes or pellets)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      im going to get a puffer and i was wonder the best way to get my tank set up and ready for the puffer and the best way to get him acclimated

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: i have been looking at this stuff for a while and NO donot pou them on the same tank it will kill guppys

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Green spotted puffers will likely eat the guppies.

      I remember reading on a different forum about someone who had a green spotted puffer in with a bunch of mollies. They lived alright together for a while, but eventually the green spotted puffer devoured a few and they had to be moved to separate tanks.

      Green spotted puffers get along with other puffers, and sometimes with dragonfish. The older your puffer gets, however, the more aggressive it becomes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I recently bought a green spotted puffer. He seemed to be doing well, though he came to me with a little bit of his tail missing (I assumed from one of the more aggressive fish in his cramped walmart space). About four days went by with no change to his tail at all (no better, no worse), until today I came back from classes and his entire tail has changed for the worse. The last little bit of his body before you reach the tail fin has turned tan/white, and parts of the fin itself have turned red. I have no clue what's wrong with him. It doesn't look anything like the fin rot I've seen before. HELP??

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: yes it will kill the fish only leav the puffer with its same type or it will kill the other fish you know how i know we left are moor fish in with the puffer and the next day the puffer ate the moor fish and all its body parts were showing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Every time I feed my puffer ghost shrimp his color chnages on his belly to like a dark grey is this natural or should i feed him something else?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi James, is your fish still alive? I just bought 2 small puffers yesterday & from what I've seen on the internet, the puffing is a BAD sign, and can be very dangerous for the fish. It's only done during extreme stress, and his color might be pale because of the same thing. I'm not an expert by any means, that's just info I've run across on several sites. Hope your guy is still hanging in there & that I can keep mine happy :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I've seen on various sites across the net that these fish are brackish but will eventually need saltwater. Not sure, of course, because this could be wrong, but every site I've found so far says the same. Some food for thought.

      About the aquarium salt. I have a small outdoor pond with koi; the only losses I've had were due to a predator, but about a year & a half ago, I noticed all my fish acting "funny". I did some emergency research & found out the likely culprit was lack of oxygen in the water. I made a mad dash to the nearest Wal-Mart & funnily enough, did a little of everything to the pond; parasite drops, a pH kit, and a box of aquarium salt. I now add the salt every couple of months to their water & they're doing fine! These are fish that were spawned in May 2008, the sickness was November 2009, and since then (despite about 6 going missing the same night I saw a raccoon lurking), they're doing great. Long story short: aquarium salt is fine for freshwater fish, I'm just guessing in a tank you have to be very careful about the salinity.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: From everything I've read so far, this isn't actually something you want to see. Sounds like something they only do when extremely stressed or terrified, and can be very dangerous for the fish's health.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Lots of tall plants and rocks, so the puffer won't get bored.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My puffer has everything he needs but he is extremely back and only changes colors when he chooses to move around. So i am really worried he appears not to have appetite, and his breathing is unsteady. What should i do?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      what is a cure for a black belly?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my puffer has a black belly and is breathing very heavily what should i do??

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ok, so i got another puffer to join the one i already have. he doesn't seem to be eating while its hard to keep the other oe from NOT eating. they also chase each other around, i'm afraid they might hurt each other. are big plants good? also, what about small fish to keep them occupied/feed them?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just bought i puff fish and put him in a tank with my gold fish and koi fish and they all play and swim around. Should still keep my puff fish in that tank or put him in a different one with out the other 2

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i bought a couple puffer fish and i was wondering if i could get a 1 gallon tank seprate to hold the feeding snails would that work?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      where can i buy feeding snails?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I found some on ebay, actually. Just search pond snails or something like that & they'll mail them to you live. Very cool!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      is regular table salt ok for the mean time?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I tried what You did in the video. But mine didn't do this.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I bought a green spotted puffer, algae eater, and two very small neon colored fish yesterday at walmart.I really need help to figure out how to accommodate the green spotted puffers needs with the small neon fish needs. please help i don't want to lose them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Most of your information is really good concidering what all is out there. But i do have some concerns. One, being that aquarium salt is the wrong salt to use. Its primary roll in the aquarium indestry is for medicinal purposes. To make brackish water you need to use marine salt only. Another is that although a 15 gallon tank will do for a 1-2 inch GSP after it reaches longer then 2 inches a 30gal or larger is a must. But thnx for posting the basics for these fishes needs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My puffer fish ate a guppy that I bought for my little brother! His name was Geno it was a very sad day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: da your not supposed to put smaller fish with it. it eventually get eaten!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ribbit my puffer fish keeps puffing out like its fidding to die the people at wal mart first told me it could be fungis or parisites in the water so we bought the stuff for that then they said that Ribbit needed spring water not tap water and yet again tonite she puffed out and I don't know what I'm doing rong and I do not want to kill my fish what do I need to do.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      can I feed ribbit crab

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      Ribbits_momma 6 years ago

      can I feed my green puffer fish crab

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have had my Wal-mart GSP's now for 8 months. They are very fun to watch and do act like dogs, they kind of look like a pug anyway. I feed mine mostly freeze dried shrimp and they do eat some of the flakes I feed to the tank mates. When I find them they get a treat of ghost shrimp, and they really love them.

      For snails I have found the best way to get them is to buy live plants from PetSmart, they are covered with tiny babies and they multiply fast. Before the GSP's the snails where a problem in my tank and would get out of control fast. Sometimes I put the plants into my smaller tank with my Albino Claw Frog to let the snails get bigger and multiply before putting them in with the GSP's.

      As far as tank mates, in the beginning they did eat one of each type of the other fish in the tank, after that they only eat the ones that get old or seem to be dieing. The Starburst fish I have are now on the second round of babies born in the tank with the puffers. The small ones constantly swim in circles around the puffers and are ignored. Maybe I just got lucky with mine, they are healthy and happy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I need HELP here, i have 5 green spotted fish + 2 figure eight puffer fish... after a month, 2 of my green puffer died... I have take note of them each day... I notice that they have change but i just do anything, their skin is like wearing off and they turn transparent at the end of their tail there... I'm am really very concern about my green puffer fish.. wherelse figure 8 is doing very fine...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my puffer fish stays at the top of the tank and doesn't move at all, at first i thought it was dead but then after i poked it a couple of times it finally moved. i don't know if it needs more room or what the problem is. The tank is small and i'm looking into an upgrade, is that possibly the problem?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How many babies do they have?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: maybe there dirty

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Will they eat there own babies?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ok so i have 4 tinfoil barb and 1 rainbow shark and i want to get 1 green spotted puffer and ill add salt i just want to know if the other fish will be ok with the salt thanxs

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @BigFish1: hi sorry to bother you i wanted to know if my 4 tinfoil barb and my 1 rainbow shark would me ok if i got a green spotted puffer and added salt to the water will they die yes or no again sorry to bother u

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What if we can`t afford a bigger tank fast enough?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: that means they are goiog to die

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: no

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      why does my green spotted puffer fish run up and down the glass?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      in a five gallon tank containing green spotted puffers with 2 and a half teaspoons of aquarium salt how often should i replenish. do you have to vary the food every day. if so what kind

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i would go with snails it is a tasty and keeps their teeth dull

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i got a very small puffer and ive read if you get them small they can adapt to only freshwater.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have 2 puffers. 30g tank tank is cloudy not shure what im doing. i have a fresh water master test kit. where are my levels supposed to be ??

      i probley over fed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: He is bored and needs more decoration and plants. Puffers like places to hide so maybe buy a rock with holes and caves in it :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My puffer sometimes lays listless at the botttom of the tank with his tail curled in, than the next moment he's bouncing off the walls asking for food! He hasn't lost his appetite, and doesn't have a black belly, but I'm curious if there is something wrong with him? Or is he just sleeping?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Will a green spotted puffer eat a guppy?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, i feed my puffer guppys as a treat.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Rob - I have 1 puffer fish in a 20 gal tank. I keep my levels at 0 Nitrate, 0 Nitrite, 80-120 Alkalinity and PH at 7.8-8. Puffers are really messy and if ur over feeding on top of that - ur tank can get pretty gross quick. Only feed them what they will eat within a few mins. I mainly feed mine live snails and freeze dried krill. I fish out what they don't eat. I also keep large snails in the tank too to help with cleaning.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: First you need a MUCH bigger tank! Ideally 30 gals per puffer, but even if u got a 10-20 gal tank it would be better than what u have now. Puffers need more space than other fish because that are so messy. Aquarium salt does not evaporate or filter out - so you only need to add salt when take water out when you do water changes, and only add salt for the amount of water you put back in, not size of tank. I feed mine krill, blood worms, and twice a week snails. Good luck ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Aquarium Salt is used to help treat disses in freshwater tanks, so they should be fine. However, the salt might not hurt them - the puffer will. Puffers are crazy aggressive and excellent fin nippers. The only good tank mates for puffers are other puffers.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: ignore ANYTHING wal-mart says. Go to or call a local 'ma & pa' fish store and ask for help.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I never knew about this fish! Thank you for teaching me something new. Blessed today :)

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      MikeCarter1 6 years ago

      my gsp does not have a black belly but is charcoal and its most of the time but not all the time and its barely eating and most of thme its on the bottem of the tank can someone tell me what to do plz

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      MikeCarter1 6 years ago

      my gsp hase a grey belly but not all the time and its barely eating and just wonderin if my tank is just to small cause iv heard that they have crazy personalitys so im not sure if its sick or not and how can i tell

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      why won't my green spotted puffer fish bloat up?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, They love guppys!

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      Blu_j 6 years ago

      In my research, I have found that using the salt product that is suggested above is not "true" brackish water. If you read the top of the box, not even the directions, it says, "For Freshwater Fish." For "true" brackish you need to go to the store and get yourself some sea salt or marine salt. I use 'RED SEA Salt', but I am sure whichever brand that you choose will be fine. I just 'stress' that you do your research before you choose your new friends. I personally have lost hundreds of dollars worth of fish. Just a tidbit of information.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have a baby gsp fish and ive been feeding him shrimp pellets, but i havnt seen him eat them. is there something else i can give him? hes soo small im not sure what all he is able to eat.. a small snail would be bigger than him.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The pufferfish only puffs up when it is extremely frightened. The GSP is a pretty tough (sometimes vicious) fish and it would take a whole lot to scare them that much. I don't recommend trying.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done. I had no idea that a fish could have such personality.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: they only blow up when stress out..defend from other fish...

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      Kimsworld LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info....I just wish the people at Walmart would read it BEFORE selling you the fish!!!( or frogs)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      when i first got my pufer i had no idea how to take care of it and i was doing everything wrong (small tank, little salt, fish flakes, cold water), but then i researched because he didn't look to well and figured out what's right and he was fine for the next week but now he is acting weird.. like blind or something. when i drop food in the tank he swims around like he doesn't know where it is.. what's wrong?!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      how to tell males and females apart

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think I over fed mine and he was supper bloated can this kill him?

      also where is the best place to get the snails? Petsmart has been kinda sad about the small snails lately.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm highly thinking about getting a GSP and I am doing the research on how to care for them before going out and buying. I do this with all the fish I have had in the past. The only thing I haven't found is how many times a week or day do I need to feed snails and what is best for everyday feeding??

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: i recently bought one myself ad i was quite concerned to see how much work it required. but if u ask me, it's a little over rated. my fish is perfectly happy in his decent size bowl (not a tank) he even has the flouresent spot on his head that indicates he is happy. i would not recommend this 4 1st time fish owners. its not good to give them too much to eat and an occasional shellfish will do. i wouldn't make it an every day thing. all i can say is theyr great and i look forward to my fish for many years to come(:

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I would consider finding a local privately owned pet shop. I visit both Petco and the private shops for a good balance of what's available, knowledge and prices.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just got 2 puffers at a walmart because i want to see if i can rescue them from certain death,very sunken in bellys and ick, I have in a 88 degree tank,a little salt 1.5 , and I gave lots of snails. They are eating, but not very good at swimming,bumping into tank décor. Do you think it is too late? Can I put them in a marine tank ,I have several, how high can I raise temp?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Linda your fish are not swimming well because your temp is toooo hi it should be 78 degrees not 88 you are slowly cooking them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ive had my gsp for about 7 mounths. i have him with several other fish includeing some a lot smaller than him. from what i been hearing i guess i am pretty lucky because he has never caused a problem not even one fin nipped.but he's not acting right, he does have a little black on his belly but for the most part is white,and is constintly stayen at the top of the tank and isn't eatin very much. is it mabe there is amonia? but the other fish are doin just fine. does anyone know the ph these fish need to be in or tolerate?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my GSP is acting very weird. ive had him for a little over 7 months and i have him with other fish includeing ones smaller then him ive been lucky and he has not caused any problems not even one fin nipped. ive noticed that he has a little black on his belly and he hasn't been eatin right and spends all day at the top of the tank wich is not where he usually is. anyone know why or what is wrong with him? tank is at 75 degrees i don't know the ph these puffers need and i do have salt in the tank, any suggestions i really want to save him my family really like the guy. thank you

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      fish_problems 6 years ago

      Very nice lens :) I love GSP's, especially their curious nature. And I love that you highlighted Prime - that's only water conditioner that I ever use on my own tanks!

      However, I would like to point out that you can't create brackish water conditions with plain aquarium salt -- you need to use actual marine salt.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a figure 8 puffer. Had him for almost 2 yrs. Tried to get snails for him to eat to keep his teeth under control but not having much luck finding them. What else can I get for him to help grind down his teeth? And where can I find it? I'm afraid it wont be very much longer and he wont be able to eat. His teeth are pretty big.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Ph is supposed to be at 8. Just go to petsmart and buy ph tablets then read the directions. You don't have to replace the ph til a week. Also other fish might be causing your gsp stress. And are you feeding him hard food with tropical flakes? They have teeth so get some blood worms or snails. That would help with eating bc it'll shave his teeth down to a healthy size. Temp is good.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      just in case. . . do these puffers go good with minows, platies, tetras, sharks, plocastimus, and zebra danios? caus my father had a lot of freshwater pufers in community tanks and he said they did well and did not nip other fish. i. . . i have a very well astablished aquariam sooooooooooooo.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: gps are salt water fish.. so they can only have salt water friends... and gps are very agrressive to other fish so you have to be careful with tank buddies.. i'm sure they prefer no lil friends.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: yes.. its hard finding snails. so i give my gsp blood worms. you can also buy ghost shrimp. and if they're teeth are really long already they can't eat. so they are unfortunetley slowly starving.. the only way to get them back under control now is to clip them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Do green spotted puffer fish blow up like any other puffer fish

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: no... with mine the only part that puffs up is their stomach.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      when i bought my puffer at this real HIGH end shop. they were selling numerous amounts of them in fresh water. they said it was prefectly fine if i kept them in freshwater. they will still thrive. i want my puffer to be as happiest as possible. They also said if needed i can add a little salt to my tank, but will this kill my oscars, arawonnas, and pelcos?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      is it ok to buy a puffer fish from wal-mart?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I did! I bought mine in June 2010 from Wal-Mart & they're doing great :) I love them!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hows the best way to clean there tank?? and what do do with the fish when you are cleaning it????

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Why does my GSP curl into a ball wraping his tail around himself?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Well when my did it after a few days he died. I think it means his sick but I'm not to sure.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm looking at getting a puffer fish from Wal-Mart to have at college. I read something that a 5 gallon would be ok, but this is saying otherwise. I'm not sure what to do. I want a puffer, but don't have the room for a 15 gal. tank.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Do they really puff up and what causes them to do it?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: If you want a fish that is going to be okay in a gallon tank get a goldfish or a beta or even a small group of tetras for a pufferfish it is not okay a ten gallon would be okay for one but I wouldn't put it into a five gallon tank they can get up to 6in long. Just speaking from experience. Good luck!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: First of all, Katelyn is a VERY sexy name I just realized, secondly, do you know if they breed these in south Florida like most aquarium fish or are they harvesting them from the wild somewhere which would be a shame :( Did you know that baby Ocean Sunfish look like puffer fish ? Also, they have puffer fish in Port Royal sound in South Carolina that are killed by the shrimp nets :( Wal-Mart kind of sucks too... no ? I love you Katelyn !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Are they endangered or just delicious ? The shrimp nets in Port Royal sound in South Carolina kill lot's of 'em but I don't think they have green spots !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: are they fresh water? They don't live in america that is not exactly on topic

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      One of ouf little puffers does have a darkening belly and looks like uts getting fatter! It us eatting and we are in the process of changing to a ten gallon tank today. We have two, Hannibal and Lector. Can we add any other sea life to our tank? We are planning a salt water and setting it up today. I'm so excited for our little friends. Oh, they git their names from biting Slugo, our sucker fish, :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I've had a puffer for almost 2 years in a 10 gallon tank and is doing great. 10 gallons is all you need

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I've had a puff in a 10 gallon tank for 2 years and is still doing great. A 10 gallon tank is all you need.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My puffer developed a bad eye and has a white spot in the center of it. How do i fix this?

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      MissAngie 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Some do live in America. I've caught somewhere I live before.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's 4:09 pm, and my puffer is sitting at the bottom of the tank. I don't think he's sleeping because usually around this time he's swimming up and down the walls. I've been feeding him blood worms for the past couple of days - do you recommend I get ghost shrimp?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a puffer where under normal circumstances is usually a dark/light green, however this morning i checked on it and it was bright yellow, why is this?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I had the same problem and they told me it's an infection to do a 25 water exchange add aquarium salt and and add water conditioner it will take about a week but it should start to fade away i hope it helps

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: while i was at petsmart they actually gave me a ton of little snails...they called them parasitic snails- for free! they said when they get in new fish the snails are always in the bags/containers with them, and just scooped some up and gave them too me, and my puffer Tyson loves them!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      is there a possiability that they would bite a human? I was checking on my other fish in the tank and felt like a pinch or a shock on my arm and when I pulled my arm up I seen something move off my arm I looked on the floor and it was my puffer so I put him back in the tank and he is just fine but I have a small red dot at the site of the pain. Just wondering.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do puffers eat till they burst, or stop eating when they are full?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do they eat till they burst, or do they stop eating when they are full?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      okay i have two of these puffer fish and i would like to know how can you tell a male from a female ? is it one is bigger then the other or no.. because i have one that is littler and the other one is big almost looks like it is carrying babies in side . and that is another one . how can you tell is there going to have babies i just got the yesterday and kinda freaking out about it . so if you would you can reach me at b.wings43@yahoo.com with the answers so this is like a 911 thing asap. please and thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yeah i have a big green puffer fish and i bought a little one now the big fish is trying to hurt the little one so i separated them and don't know what to do

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      r2fish 5 years ago

      This is such a fascinating lens I found it so full of useful informative information. Thank you for sharing this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: i have 5 all together. just take all the fake plants out if the tank and make rock caves and they will be happy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When should i feed my fish? Will they be okay eating normal fish food for a while ?

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      DJTOXICDGAF 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Iv Had My Puffer For A Month And Hes With Cherry Barbs, Rainbow Sharks, Neon Tetras, And A Fire Eel And He Just Swims Around With Them.. I Would Keep A Eye On Him But More Then Likely If You Only Have 1 Puffer He Will Do Ok. Its When You Add More Then 1 Puffer They Start To Eat And Pick On Other Fish

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      DJTOXICDGAF 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yah.

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      DJTOXICDGAF 5 years ago

      @MissAngie: And Were Is That ??? I Wanna Catch Some

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      DJTOXICDGAF 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine Does Just Fine In A 10 Gal. Tank

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      DJTOXICDGAF 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine Does That When He Sleeps Or Just Rests On The Bottom..

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      DJTOXICDGAF 5 years ago

      @anonymous: As Long As You Put Small Amounts In The Tank It Should Be Fine.. I Put A Teaspoon In Every Week And He Does Grate And So Does My Neon Tetras And Cherry Barbs. I Also Seen Some Were That It Helps Keep The Other Fish Healthy As Well... Hope This Helps

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      DJTOXICDGAF 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine Does Just Fine With All The Fish You Asked About.. Iv Got All Of Them In A 10 Gal With Him And Every Ones Grate.... And Also There Not Saltwater There Brackish... Meaning Add A Little Bit Of Salt In There.. The Kind From A Pet Shop.. I Put A Teaspoon In Once A Week And Hes Happy And It Don't Hurt My Other Fresh Water Fish

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do they puff up?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Green spotted puffers are pretty much impossible to sex without dissection or genetic testing. They probably won't breed in your tank no matter what you do. They're wild-caught fish, and even researchers haven't been able to get them to breed in laboratories.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Green puffer fish can olnly be placed with other aggressive fish their size. If you get them all when they're small, they will do great. If you put smaller ones with bigger ones, they will nip at or eat them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I definitely have a sick puffer fish. I have four in total with 2 night gobies in 1 tank. My one puffer is all black and dark and has been for a few days now, not eating much, and this morning when I woke up he was twirling around out of control (sort of like an spiraling airplane) and his little fin are still trying to swim but its like he has no control of where hes going. what do I donplease help me. I have already done a tank change, what's left? HELLPP I love my lil guys.......

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my puffer is dying help me. hes all black and floating Around like an out of control airplane and now hes stuck in a plant at the bottom of my tank what do I do to save him I love my lil pufferss

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've just set up my tank, and will be picking up my 3 little puffers tomorrow. They're very tiny right now, and i'm not sure what I should be feeding them at this stage. We don't have access to many live hardshell fish in my small city, what other options do I have?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My puffers wont eat and one always likes to stay by the filter. I don't know why, but when its there it doesn't want to move. Lately they haven't been eating either what should I do?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Diet:

      Puffers eat crustaceans in the wild. Foods for smaller puffers are frozen/freeze-dried krill/plankton, gut-loaded ghost shrimp, glass worms, crickets, worms and small snails (the size of their eye). Snails are an essential food to a puffer's diet, especially when small.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: if very distressed but, it is very dangerous if they do. it can make them very sick or even kill them. its like a bee who stings someone, it usually will die. if it does happen and you have other mates in the tank, get the puffer out right away! it releases a kind of toxin or something. im not quite clear on that part i just know its not safe for other fish.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: they will eat until they make themselves sick or worse. only let them have 20 minutes with there food then take it out. plus if you leave it in, they will hide it to eat themselves sick later when you are not watching. also food left in the tank can cause an ammonia spike.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: First of all how big is your tank? How old is your tank? Have you tested your nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia? How about pH? If your tank is new then your ammonia is probably spiked making a very acidic environment of 6.0-6.6. This may not sound like much, but to a scaleless fish like the GSPs it's a lot. Think of yourself riding a bike behind a 1981 diesel. Water quality is first priority. If you don't have a watter test kit, go to your local fish store and get a master freshwater test kit by API. It cost's $50 but it will save you hundreds in fish and will last you 5-6 years. I've had my kit (Plus a few extra types of tests) for 3+ years and still have a ton left. If any of your Nitrogen products are high then use "Prime" or a "Nitra-zorb" pad to thin down the N free radical concentrations. Also you need a gravel siphon if you don't have one. I know that sounds stupid, but you wouldn't believe how many people have no idea why one needs one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: no they will not. If you can't get live food, then go to the Pet store and get a small container of Krill. This shouldn't be a steady diet for them, but it will keep them happy in-between live meals

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My puffer fish doesn't eat it's fish food! And it's constantly going up for air.Is there something wrong? There are no black bellies. And I got 2 of them in Mong Kok, should I feed it snails?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a green spotted puffer in my 36 gallon tank with a few other semi-aggressive fish, that he seems to get along just fine with. Hes always been agood eater, but lately it seems he been gorging himself, to the point of his belly getting very swollen, and im afraid hes going to east himself to death. Hotw do I know if/when hes eating too much, and how do I control his eating without compromising the other fishs' food portions? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe its his time but maybe not but if you go to google and search green puffer fish out of control something should come up.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have had our gsp for almost three years now and he seems to have problems eating. It's not that he doesn't want to eat he just doesn't chew it up like he use to and has to spit it out a few times before being able to keep it down. We feed him freeze dried shrips and sometimes a mixture of blended seafood. we keep him in a 75 gallon, 1.020 salt water aquarium. thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Snails are a important part in their diet. Also try brine shrimp.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Feed him less often. If you're using flakes, feed him a pinch twice a day. If using shrimp or other live or frozen food, only once a day. If your other fish need to eat often, consider putting him in a separate tank.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Pet stores carry frozen brine shrimp and small snails, snails are extremely important and they love shrimp. Also, they can eat tropical fish flakes, but they don't like it much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do i have to do all this? i wasn't planning on it and now im confused. can we feed him normal goldfish food? can i add table salt? i have a one gallon bowl, how big do i have to get it?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I understand what you're going through...I experienced the same thing when I got my puffer fish. No, you can't use table salt. It has to be aquarium salt (from the pet store). My GSP eats krill, bloodworms, shrimp, snails, and some pre-packaged carnivorous fish food...once again, if you go to your local pet store they should be able to help you out with finiding everything you need. A one gallon bowl will NOT suffice. I had mine in a 10 gallon (which the people at Wal-Mart said was OK)....and had to move him up to a 55gal tank. Check on craigslist, you can usually find these for a good price. If you don't want to put in the effort, I would recommend returning him. If you do, it will pay off! They're amazing fish.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Always feed snails! Your fish will go crazy over them, at least mine does. You could be mistaking his "going up for air" for swimming up and down the side of the tank, which they do they're bored or don't have enough space...unless he isn't getting enough air in his water. You do have a filter, right?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 10 gallon tank with two kuhli loaches and a bumblebee catfish as well as a Green spotted Puffer, I also have a gold claw crab (which might get eaten by the puffer, but I'm okay with that... it was free). I was wondering if I should break out my 20 gallon tall tank for my puffer fish

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I, too, like you guys bought this cute and rapid swimming fish at the local walmart, however, this walmart did not provide any fish info like the other walmart fish dept, so i bought the fish for my son, next day I thought the Gsp had died! I noticed he still moved his fins a bit so i changed the water and tank, still it was hardly moving thinking it was dying... until later in the day I realized it might be a tropical fish requiring warm water so I put warm water in my less than 1 gallon tank, soon after he started moving and being active! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TEMPERATURE THESE FISH REQUIRE??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They need a 30-15 gallon tank?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how can i tell if my green spotted puffer is getting the red eye infection please i need help

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how can i tell if my green spotted puffer fish is getting a red eye infection what are the first signs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: not unless they are in distress

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i really need help asap how can u tell the signs of a red eye infection on green spotted pufferfish so i know what i can get to cure it in time pleeeeeeaseeee help me

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how many times should clean their tank and if you cleaned the tank will it take some time for them to get used to the cleaned

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      katrina006 5 years ago

      my green spotted pufferfish is still getting the red eye worse and i cleaned his tank can it be the filter

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      katrina006 5 years ago

      look i really need your help if he dies i will be hurt i am beging you to help can a filter cause the red eye infection please give me a quick answer i am an animal lover and i have gotten attached to him please help give me an answer

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      katrina006 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 72 to 76 degrees that's what mine lives in that tempurature

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      katrina006 5 years ago

      @anonymous: well you can but they do not favor them very much sometimes even ingore the normal fish food

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @katrina006: It's most likely bacterial or a parasite. Get some fizz tabs for bacteria or parasites and takea little piece of it off and take a small amount of your aquarium water and soak his food in the mixture for an hour and feed him the food and it should clear up

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I would recommend that you get at least a fifteen gallon tank for this you and make sure the water has completed its nitrogen cycle. Can take up a month to do. He will require lots of space and hiding spots as well as 75-82 degree Fahrenheit water. Also a heavy diet of snails

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      katrina006 5 years ago

      @anonymous: ghost shrimp are their favorite though

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      katrina006 5 years ago

      @anonymous: depends on the fish

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      katrina006 5 years ago

      @anonymous: you can buy these snail at pet stores for like 2.11

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      QuinnWolf LM 5 years ago

      We got a couple of them for my daughter a few years back and I have to agree with you that they are amazing pets.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the story on Spotted Puffer Fish, they look like they would be a lot of fun to have in a tank.

      Now my question, I have 55 gallon salt/reef tank with damsils, and Clark Clown fish. Would a puffer be ok is this kind of environment?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      does anyone know the best kind of snail to feed them? and where to get them?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what should the water temp be for the GSP?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm getting a gsp in a few days which i'm going to buy from a fish store in the city. I have a ten gallon tank with about 1 inch layer of rocks on the bottom. I'm going to buy fresh spring water and let it filter for about 3 or 4 days, is that enough? I'm planning on only getting one pufferfish, and I was wondering if 10 gallons is okay for it through it's whole lifetime. I'm brand new to all this, so can someone explain to me EVERYTHING I need to know in tank upkeeping (salt, cleaning it, changing the water) as well as feeding my gsp and what I should/can put in the tank plant and decoration wise. It would help a LOT because from what I hear, gsp's are very VERY hard to take care of. Is it not that bad? please help! Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What kind of plants would be appropriate for puffer fish??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do green puffer fish have spikes and do they puff up?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My puffers look super healthy. The only concern is that the tail fin is sometimes slightly black and they arent too colorful. how to i enhance their color?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I would recommend that you don't get a GSP and start more simple. 3 days isn't enough if you don't use anything to speed the cycling process. since puffers have no scales ammonia in the water is very painful and stressful to them so you have to be absolutely positive that your tank is cycles. which means you definitely need a testing kit. also a 30 gallon tank is best for 1 GSP. puffers are very messy which is why they need so much room as well as they tend to nip fins and are very territorial. they need brackish water when they are young and eventually need completely marine conditions when adults (4-6 inches). They require a mostly snail diet to keep their teeth short because if they become overgrown they can't eat and will die.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah the spikes show when they puff up but it is very stressful for them to do so it is recommended you keep it from ever happening. If they puff up with air they have trouble releasing it and you have to burn them by holding their tail and pulling them under water with their mouth facing the surface and you shake them back and forth and hopefully they will release the trapped air. If not you may have to massage them

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: they don't have spikes...their skin is really smooth and i don't think they puff up. in fact i think it would take a lot of stress for them to puff up and even then it's not a good idea to because it could probably hurt them.

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      joshmaxocon 5 years ago

      hi i have puffers and one of them looks sick and is gray not completely black on the bottom but has his normal color on top his mouth is always open and he has problems swimming and eating if he tries to eat and swim i think he might die but he is the only one that is acting like this. what should i do?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The information here is quite good compared to most articles on the web. However, there are 2 things to note. While they are brackish, brackish water needs to be made with MARINE salt and not tonic salt. The specific gravity range is good, however, they can and often to best in full marine conditions as adults. This isn't strictly necessary, but highly beneficial.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      where do you get the snails to feed your puffers?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 4 of this green puffers, and i keep them in 30 litres aquarium, is it okay for them , because i can't put them in my 250 litres aquarium thay`ll eat all the fish in the bigger aquarium. Is it SO important for them to have big aquarium or thay can live in smaller aquarium?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Many places. You're LFS (local fish store) may have them for free because they think they are pests (petsmart for me) you can buy them at some places (jacks). Or a friend may have some pest snails. My source is my girlfriends bro and I also raise my own ramhorn and pond snails.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      does the puffer fish eat apples?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I got some for free at a local pet shop that specialize in fish.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: no they do not eat apples because it is not an aquarium animal.........dah!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: i get mine from my pond by my house

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I dont know try it tell me what happens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How long can a puffer fish live without the aquairium salt?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Question for you, im about to get my first GSP and of course its from a place that keeps them in fresh water. Im buying a 25 gallon tank for it. What is the most appropriate way to go about slowly converting it to brackish/marine. As in do i start it in freshwater and slowly add salt weekly, and if so how much would you say weekly to convert it? Thanks for the help!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just bought two puffer fish from Walmart. Ive had ten for a few weeks and I notice their bellies are getting bigger. Is that ok?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my lil puffer herman is finally eating after reading this sight and getting him some dried baby shrimp but today he started doing something very strange he folded his tail into his side and kind of bobbed like a cork he did it shortly after eating and did it off and on several times does anyone know what he is doing should i be worried i woud hate 2 loose him i have grown quite attached to the lil fella

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my daughter bought my puffer 4me and he is only in a 1gallon tank how soon should i get him a bigger tank and how often should i change the water in the 1 gallon tank he is only about an inch to 2 inches in leinghth

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Omg harper he needs at least a 10 gallon while hes young. I have mine in a 20. He should be in a 30 for perfection. and you need to get him some marine salt to slowly start converting to brackish.

      If you don't these hell be dead in weeks from killing himself from his wast product and from the fresh water

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My fish isn't eating at all :( can someone help me with this please? i don't want them to die :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my puffer keeps curling his tail. and he wont really swim around. he's normally really green.. but i came home tonight. and he looks kinda yellow. he's acting werid. and i think he's dying..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My fish's tail is curling to one sidewhen he's scared he straitens it out but when he's just floating around it's curled to the side. Is that normal? Plus, good information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It needs to be in a bigger tank as of when you bought it. 2" in length, he should be in at least a 15g tank. A 30g or larger would be best. Read this article thoroughly, all the answers are there... when kept in smaller tanks & pure freshwater they can die very fast! They need space to swim and more area of water with good filtration to filter out the ammonia waste they produce, otherwise it WILL kill them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how do i tell if its a boy or a girl?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My puffer fish tends to curl up and it looks like its all sucked up. When he is doing this he is usually floating at the bottom of the tank, he tends to do this for awhile than straightens out and is normal again. why???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: o,g every day i have a 20 and i do to 2 times a week

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They do this sometimes when they are resting

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's actually impossible to sex them just by looking at them. Also they do not tend to breed in captivity

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 30 is a minimum requirement they do best singly in 55 gallons

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Should I put my puffer in last or first? I have smaller fish like danios and tetras, is this ok?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      well i just bought a cute little spotted puffer fish and im 15, hell i didn't even know they needed attention.! my mom thought he was dead and put him in a zip-lock bag, i woke up 2 hours later and held him in the bag and he started moving.!! how can that be.??! so we put him in the tank and he looks so much better than before. hes so addoriable.!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you put more than one green spotted puffer fish in the same tank at the same time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well considering that Danios and tetras are freshwater and Green Spotted

      puffers are brackish water fish they don't belong in the same tank. You could put in some mollies because they are brackish too. Always put the least aggressive fish in first so they can establish some hiding places. Do not put Green spotted puffers in freshwater.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i just got my puffer and he wont eat the food i gave him and swims up and down near the glass and gets sared when i get near can you help me?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: they do this because this means they r going to die soon

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Last would probably be the best way, but I can pretty much promise you that the puffer will treat your fish as snacks... much like sweedish fish. Puffers generally don't do well with others, but you may have one that will be good with others.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you have a 60 gallon or bigger tank

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: what kind of food is it? He may be swimming up and down because you're tank is too small, not well decorated, or your water parameters are off. They often swim up and down when they are bored. what size tank do you have?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: um i tried that but i don't think it will work my cousin has like 7 of them and he feeds them small fish... scary!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my puffers color changed once on his belly to milky white, and now hes all dark and his belly is black again. i don't think hes sick because iv'e had him for a 4 days. i don't know if hes stressed or what, i need help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: im sure you can, but they will nip at each others fins. if you have less than 15 gallon tank with two, i suggest a bigger tank, around 30 gallons because these fish grow up to 6 inches in length.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have 2 spotted puffers in a 5 gallon tank w/ fresh water :(

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      xspand 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The one i have gets a little black for a bit after eating and when he is kinda waking up. Any other time, i get concerned. When it comes to these puffers people commonly DON'T do two things, get a big enough tank and do not watch the water. The only other thing is making there diet sort fun. Change up the food. One night ill feed him frozen blood worms the other ill give him a snail or a ghost shrimp. There is a lot of different stuff you can feed them.

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      xspand 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You can but be sure to get puffers around the same size. These fish really are like dogs, i know it might sound funny but its true. That being said, they well nip a each other to create a type of dominance over the other one. You need a really good size tank to safely keep more than one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My puffer fish use to kind of sink to the bottom of its tank. Now it seems to always be floating at the top and it like struggles to get to the bottom. What is wrong.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This site is awesome! Thank you for all you helpful hints! I too bought my little Petey Puff Puff at walmart and they had absolutely no information on them and, come to find out, all of them have "ICK", which I am treating him for :( So, I have been educating myself and man, I love these little guys, they are so cool! He seems to be very bright and happy but if I have any concerns ill come here first :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This site is awesome! Thanks for all the helpful facts. I too got my little Petey Puff Puff at walmart and they had absolutley no information on them and, come to find out they all have "ICK" which I am treating him for :( So, Ive bee educating myself on them and man, I love these little guys, they are so cool! He seems to be very bright and happy here but if I have any concerns, ill come here first :)

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      jkel88 5 years ago

      i am a novice with aquirums that has a green spotted puffer that was purchesed at walmart several weeks ago under the impression it was a freshwater fish. i was kepping him in a 10 gallon freshwater tank and he was on a diet of freeze dried blood worms, tropical fish flakes, and pellets. until i noticed grey spots forming on his belly. panic stricken since i had become fond of the little guy i hit the web and found out that every thing i thought i knew (which is what was on the card in front of his tank) was wrong. since then he has been put into a 30 gallon brackish tank with lots of natural structure. also after doing research i decided to introduced some snails to the tank hoping to take care of the problems with his teeth and the fact i haven't noticed him eating lately, but im afraid they may be too big to eat as he measures only 1 3/4 inches, unfourtunatly there isn't a large selection of live food (i.e ghost shrimp, oysters, scallops, or cray fish) in my area espeacially ones the size of his eyeball witch i understand that to be the desired size. Is there anything else i might feed him?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jkel88: YES........ a large variety. I just recently tried frozen shrimp from the grocery store. Just as long as you don't toss the hole thing in the tank. I just held on to the tall and kinda hand fed him. Just because you don't buy it at a pet store doesn't mean you can't give it to him. The snail pretty much can only be alittle bigger than his mouth. Once he gets bigger he can take on bigger snails, crabs etc.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      why my green spotted puffer is so greedy as it eat any thing but no pellet but blood worms but ok may i kept fedding more things thile he gone huge?

      sorry for any wrong spellings

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my puffer fish ate all my fish and chomped the crabs too. don't ask how but i saw it!

      i had seven fish not including him and he ate all but one. that is the algae eater why is he eating my fish?!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Because Puffers tend to be territorial since in the wild they don't get food very often, plus they like to eat a ton so your fish could have look tasty. Puffers are supposed to be kept in species tanks because of this, and they chomped your crabs because they eat those too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i just bought to puffers. they are very cute. i did notice though that one of them has a black mouth and around his right eye also. should i be concerned? your help would be helpful. thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a Dragon Goby fish (it's big) but my small puffer kips biting its tail..i have more fish in the tank but he don't bite them, just falow them around.is that ok to have my puffer in with other fishes.or i have to put hem alone?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are Sucker Fish good tank mates for GSP?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two green spotted puffs and I watch for "ICK" and salt level but for some reason today both started acting weird they stayed at the top of the tank then when I went to go check on them they were both not moving at the top with a loss of color. I thought they were dead but with poking them a couple times they shot back to life. Wht is wrong with them?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for the best information I have had yet...I love my puffers, they are the neatest fish i have ever had and I want to do what will keep them well and happy. Again thanks,

      Donna Hatton

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my GSP eat nothing. they don't eat snails, little fish ( they just eat eyes), don't eat shrimp and they have black belly. please help me :(

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      BigFish1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Check the water quality, or get a test kit, if his belly is black, there is definitely something wrong.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Try some frozen blood worms or krill. Soak in some of your aquarium water with minced garlic and your puffer will most likely scarf it up. You could also try an earthworm. I also suggest treating for internal parasites

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 2 GSPs living together in a tank. One is looking fine (ie eating and acting lively) while the other refuses to eat anything I give him! The healthy puffer also seems to be nipping the other quite a bit. Should I install a separator?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can green spoted puffer fish if eaten or bit by a cichlid kill that fish? Are they poisonous? I've have cichlids and my girlfriend want a gap

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      godfather99x 5 years ago

      @anonymous: no, the puffer fish are aggressive like the cichlids, just as long as they are the same size and in a big enough tank for them to swim in and if there is the same amount of puffer fish as cichlids.and if there is enough salt in there for both to survive.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! I am the proud new owner of 4 little pufferfish. Only problem- it seems that they don't want to swim to the top of the tank where their main food source is- freeze dried baby shrimp and freeze dried blood worms..... I try to sink the (which is nearly impossible) and they eat what comes down to them, but won't go up and eat the rest!!!!! What am I doing wrong?? Someone please help! These are new critters to me in all aspects and any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If he is being nipped at you might want to divide them until the fish is hEALTHIER. REMEMBER TO GIVE THEM HARD SHELLED ANIMALS LIKE SNAILS AND CRABS TO FILE THEIR TEETH.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They will eat anything and are always hungry. Remember to feed them snails and crabs to file their teeth.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      GREAT INFO!!! I fell for the their just regular fresh water fish catch yesterday and bought 2 puffers! Honestly, i love them the most. They both are pretty young and still very small. I have them in a 20 Gal high tank with a red tail shark, 4 tiger barbs, a pretty small sized shrimp, and 2 mollies.. ironically they all pretty much get along great, i haven't had any problems in the past 6 months ive had the other fish not including the puffers. The tank has plenty of hiding places and all live plants.. WITH THAT SAID- how much sooner should i think about upgrading to a big tank and should i just upgrade and adjust that tank to a salt water tank and keep the puffers there?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am 8 years old and I have two green fresh water puffer fish and they are fine.They are very lovable fish.

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Nice work - thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 4 Green Spotted Puffer fish in my large tank. I have had them a couple days and they are doing great. They are so cute when their little fins flap like a hummingbird. My hubby read last night that they like to eat snails, which is awesome, because I have about 200 snails from walmart (that's another story, lol).... Well as of last night I have been feeding them snails here and there and the fish are happy and excited like little puppies getting a treat... my question is... How many snails should I be feeding them? Like how often? The snails i feed them are about the size of a pea. is it ok to give them snails often? I have other food I give them too as main meals....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anyone know where can i get this within malaysia

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't get my puffer to eat anything. What can I do? He hasn't eaten in three days and I'm getting worried about him.

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      50gtropics 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You gotta bring out the nature in them :) blood worms are a good start, there not too keen on dried foods. You may even try a neon tetra, it's more costly than a feeder fish but personally Its a great way to start your puffer back on a consistent diet.

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      50gtropics 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's like it was stated before, it's very good to have a variety of food for your puffer so simply having some snails available between meals of shrimp, bloodworms, or feeder fish will make all the difference in a healthy happy puffer.

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      50gtropics 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Most of the fish you listed in your tank can't survive in salt water. It would be easier to increase the salinity(salt level) of tank by adding aquarium salt, which is available at most fish stores. Note that the salt doesn't go away.. Water does so be sure to add water as it evaporates or your fish will get very stressed. 2nd) if you want to see the green spotted puffer at it's best the. Salt water is the way to go because they really are a brackish(salt/fresh water) or salt water thriving fish! Contrary to walmarts beliefs lol. Get a 30 after they reach about an inch from mouth to tailfin. I've found after 2 years of raising my Puffers that this is the time they grow more aggressive and more like to chase down those precious freshwater fish ;) not to mention they seem to grow quicker in this time frame so get some good foods like shrimp frozen or live ghost shrimp! Goodluck!

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      50gtropics 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well by little I'm assuming you mean there half an inch or smaller, they aren't as apt to surfacing yet as far as I've seen at any pet store or in my personal tank(2yrs exp) I had the same problem with my little figure8 puffer which is simmilar. Try putting the blood block in a cup with a little bit of warm water and let the frozen block break down(not completely) but by doing this it's no longer ice and shouldn't stay floating :) your puffers will catch on quick because it'll sit mid tank or drop the whole block to the bottom

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we just got one and the fish was doing great until we put him in his tank. We have a small half gallon tank with a divider and a Beta on the other side. The guy who sold him to us told us that was fine the only problem is that now the fish will not move... at all. His back flipper doesn't move and we're worried he's injured. What should we do? is the beta fish divider ok? will he start to move after a while? We're concerned...

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      BigFish1 5 years ago

      @anonymous: No, you have to get him out of there! The tank is too small, and the water needs to be filtered. Please re-read this entire lens.

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      sarahbyers 5 years ago

      I got my 2 pufers about 6 months ago. Shortly after them eating the fins off of my other fish, I relocated them with 2 algea eaters to a 10 gallon tank. Since that they have been great! My favorite fish actually cause of all their personality. However the past 4 days they have been hiding,wont come out, and are not eating. I added salt to their water, changed food, but nothing. They just hide like they are scared now. Not sure why. I am very concerned cause these are very outgoing fish. HELP!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How do you know which one is a male or female?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey have a gsp.. as of lastnight he/she was not really swimming but floating at the top of the tank as if he liked the feel of the air on his forehead ... now this morning he isn't doing it but idk if the two are related but he now has what looks like a cold sore on the left side of his mouth :(! I've read your page and a lot of the comments but haven't seen much of anything that helps! And he is swimming around like normal all trying to eat and play with the bubbles :) he has plenty of food and eats more then he probably should:/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I give mine snails and freeze dries blood worms but his teeth keep growing. Would ghost shrimp help? When he eats snails he only bites it when the snail is out of his shell. He does not use his teeth to bite the shell. I have plants and even small fish but he doesn't bite them anymore. He's accepted the small fish as part of the aquarium and I haven't seen any new bite marks on the plants.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have 2 green spotted puffers from almost a year and we have been trying to find snails for them, we tried to grow snails in a separate tank but it never worked, is there some store (online or a retailer) from where we can buy snails in bulk. We are really worried about their growing teeth. Any help is appreciated. TIA

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have two green spotted puffers from over a year, we want to feed them snails and have been trying to get grow snails in a separate tank with no success at all. We tried lot of store chains and local fish stores but no one keeps small fresh snails, which we can feed them. Can you guys share from where you guys buy them, any help on this is appreciated, we are really worried about their growing teeth.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So my puffer sometimes starts to swim really fast, than he will flip upside down and jump OUT of the water. Is this normal?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      First of all, I totally did not know anything about these fish before I bought them... today. I have 2 puffer fish in a 10 gallon tank. One if about 1 inch, the other 1 1/2. Max. I don't have the cash right now to get a bigger tank, but I will be getting the stuff to feed them (the pet store just said flake food). 1. How long will they survive until I can get a bigger tank? 2. How can you tell genders? 3. How fast does their beak grow? 4. What fish is cheapest to feed to them? 5. How often does the filter need to be changed since they are really dirty? My betta was REALLY clean, so I don't know much about a dirty fish. XD

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i was wondering i have a 55 gallon tank how many puffers can i put in there? also i was wondering if u can put anything in the tank to clean it snails will be eaten.... is there anything else?

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      Pandarlen 5 years ago

      Ok, so I got a GSP yesterday and he seems to not like me. When I go to one side, he goes to the other. What should I do to make him like me?

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      Pandarlen 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 2. I think only your GSP knows what gender it is, sadly I don't there is a way to tell.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey Pandarlen, why don't you try getting into the aquarium with him. Hahaha

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is it true that GSP's get 7 inches long? I have a 75 gallon and they don't seem to grow at all and I have had them for a while. I have been raising guppies for the GSP's, I put one in the tank with them and they are all buddies!!! The water is brackish 1.016 and the guppy is still alive, um shouldn't the guppy be dead by now from the salt water and by the GSP's?!! (its been 2 weeks) also trying to find snails is next to impossible, if there is any body from Niagara Falls area that can tell me where to find some that would be Great!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Have had 3 puffers together for 2 years. The figure 8 died and now one of the green spotted is picking on the other one. So have put them in separate tanks. One is 35 gallons and the other 20. Can I add any other fish.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is good info. I might now get a green puffer fish!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey this was good info. Now I might buy a puffer fish!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please Help! My poor puff puff has ick and some kind of fungus that is growing over his eyes which resembles cotton balls. The medicine we are giving him for ick is for scaleless fish but it doesn't seem to be doing the job. And we have no idea what to do about the fungus, someone said putting hydrogen peroxide in a smaller container diluted with water and then placing the puffer in the container for an hour every so often would cure it. Any advice?

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      cassipiller 5 years ago

      I bought one of these a few weeks ago. Love him to death! Thinking about getting him a friend. Anyway, do they actually puff up?

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      NanoTankJunkie 5 years ago

      I impulsively bought a GSP at my LFS today. My tank is 2 months old (finished cycling 1 month ago) and i currently have 1 yellow tailed damsel, and one percula clown. (along with the puffer now of course)

      They seem to be doing fine as tank mates as of now. Although puffers are unpredictable. i was hoping to get some advice as to weather i should return the puffer or keep it. seeing as my clown is my prized fish.

      I do bi weekley water changes, have proper live rock formations, Good water circulation, a HOB vitalife m200 filter, and feed a balanced diet to all my fish.

      I don't want amonia levels to rise, or my smaller fish to be eaten. Advice please.

      -mike

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my puffer is constantly at the top of my tank and seems to be having trouble breathing did well until a few days ago when my other puffer died. water levels are all good any help u could give would be appreciated thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @cassipiller: yes. they will. The pet store might tell u they wont but mine did. He died shortly after that sadly, but he got to be the size of a golf ball. I think my chiclids killed him, they pestered him to death poor guy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey just look under flat rocks in any body of water (big rocks) or just buy some snails from ur local pet store bout a dollar..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @cassipiller: My pufferfish puff up so much when excited that I've started keeping them in a quiet room and dropping a bit of Xanax in the water every few days. If I didn't do this, the fished would puff all of the water out of the tank!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      one of my puffers has like a white fuzz on him, is that bad? It looks bad, I just added fish protector to the tank, is there any thing else i should do

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Fish need oxygen. Tank water does not have proper oxygen. They stay at the top to breathe the same as we do. I raised my filter up so when the water hits it makes bubbles. And adds oxygen in the water. Buying an air pump and a air stone or anything you'd like in the tank will be the best option. My puffers Bonnie and Clyde love playing in the bubbles

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: they may be illegal in your state to have snails. i know it is in mine. try either looking for them in nature *be careful this could also be illegal to put them into your tank* or try looking for shrimp in your store. if that doesn't work i would suggest talking to your local pet store about other options

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      is ok to feed the puffer regular worms or salad shrimp, which is what it looks like in the video.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can you feed the spotted puffer regular worms or salad shrimp?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can you feed the puffer worms or salad shrimp?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my pufferfish keeps trying to jump out of the tank whenever i open it. it is completely crazy and very active. I have no idea what to do. please help!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we bought my daughter a puffer at walmart and after 2 days it died. they said to treat it for ick w fizz pellets and we did and it still died. then walmart replaced it with one and said they didn't come in with ick and that one died 2 days later. now she really wants another one but i'm afraid of the same thing happening again. if anyone can tell me what to try with another that will work i'm all for it. thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 2 GSP the are about 1 1/2 inches long. I regularly feed them dried shrimp & some flakes here & there... They ALWAYS SEEM TO BE HUNGRY!!!! Last weekend We got about 10 snails (size of GSP's eyes) and within 15 mins they had eaten all of them. Yesterday I got 7 ghost shrimp and within 30 mins they had eaten 4 and were so fat I was scared they were going to eat themselves to death! As of now they have found every one of the last 3 shrimp and eaten those too... Now about how long should I wait to feed them... I can't imagine feeding them for like 2 days but don't know if that flies with GSP.... I LOVE DIMPLES & FRECKLES but man they sure are high maintenance :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought one yesterday from Walmart where they don't tell you anything. Not knowing it's eating habits I put it in my tank. I wake up this morning to find my fiddler crab gone all but his big claw. Mr Puffer fish is going back to walmart today, before anyone else disappears.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm from Malaysia. I've bought two GSPF recently n I put them in an aquarium together with 4 guppies. They kinda mingle well and I'm curious when you told us that eventually my GSPF will die if I put them in freshwater. The thing is, how salty the water should be? Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Guppies can survive in brackish water. We have a GSP and guppies thriving in 1.01 salinity. You should bring a freshwater tank to that level of salinity using MARINE salt and do it slowly, over a period of time, to give the fish time to adjust.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i hav a 20 gallon tank with 3 cichlids and 1 GSP, cichlids are as happy as ever though tha puffer is paranoid, but at night he is sometimes white!? is it tha amount ov foood he gets, tank size, or dus he need mor live food( every witch week we giv him live food)?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: try keeping yor light off mor often to make him calm down

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      we've just had a green spotted puffer fish on monday this week its now wednesday it is very lively and is eating fine but we've noticed a white mark on the end of one of its side fins. it doesn't look like any sort of fungus,and it might have been there when we had it.we looked online and one sight said it could be from the stress of being moved what do you think

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: it may be ick

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have had my 4 gsp's in my 55g for over a month. it also has 3 archers 2 molies 2 bumbelbe gobies, and a mono. one puffer always stays colerless. he hates the light sometiems, but looks normal at feeding time. he does not have a black belly. i did a lot of reserch and even started a snail tank. he does not get better or worst.i had 2 before, and they did the same thing, but it took them a week. pleze tell me something i can do.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Be careful what you eat! I hear these are quite poisonous but I don't think I will be flopping any on my backyard grill in the near future anyway! Happy St. Patrick's Day Green-a-thon and....blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      what a neat critter! Thanks for sharing this! =)

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      Not-Pop 5 years ago

      Beautifully done. They really are sweet, for fish, and do seem to respond to you. Puffer fish do require some special care, though.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Wow! I learned something new today. Thanks.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Fascinating! I've never heard of the Green Spotted Puffer Fish before - I should take a look for some today and wish them Happy St Patrick's Day!

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      I've never realized that you could get puffer fish for your aquarium. Thanks for this info!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      When I was a kid my father would take me fishing to Ling Island Sound and we caught tons of puffer fishes. He knew how to clean them so we didn't get poisoned. Is your puffer related, and do they have a poison gland in them like the ones in LI Sound?

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I currently do not have room for an aquarium, eventually though I do plan on it. This looks to be a possible member of my future fish menagerie. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can I out him in with my lions head Orlando's in a 40gl tank?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can i put a green spotted puffer with a betta?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two green spotted puffers since October. I started out with 4 but two have already past. One because he had turned out to be sik when I bought him and the other when the tank cycled. Seemed healthy one day gone the next. One puffer is bigger than the other and his belly doesn't change. My smaller little guys belly turns black after he eats and usually stays some form of gray or black til the light goes off. Then the next morning it's white again. I don't know what to do. I've change the filter added snails for them to eat and fees them bloodworms and brine shrimp. I've read that they get constipated real easy. If that's the case, how to I fix that for him? I have a bottom feeder that cleAns the tank pretty well for them. Please help me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two puffers and a bottom feeder in my tank. I started out with 4 puffers back in October but two have passes. One because he was sick when I got all of ten and the other was fine one day gone the next. The two I have left one is bigger than the other. He's bellys always white. The smaller one bellys turns black right after he eats and usually stays gray to black til the light goes off. I've read that they can get constipated but I don't know how to relieve him. I feed them bloodworms brine shrimp And recently just put snails in there. They haven't ate then yet tho. Do you have any suggestions. I don't know what to do!!!

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      91Nickster 5 years ago

      I have two puffers and a bottom feeder in my tank. I started out with 4 puffers back in October but two have passes. One because he was sick when I got all of ten and the other was fine one day gone the next. The two I have left one is bigger than the other. He's bellys always white. The smaller one bellys turns black right after he eats and usually stays gray to black til the light goes off. I've read that they can get constipated but I don't know how to relieve him. I feed them bloodworms brine shrimp And recently just put snails in there. They haven't ate then yet tho. Do you have any suggestions. I don't know what to do!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      will they eat other fishs fins?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      will they eat other fishs fins.

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      91Nickster 5 years ago

      @anonymous: No they don't.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yes they will!! they are fin nippers!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: 100 pecent true they will do do do eat other fish fins, i learned this the hard way, they will chase fish down just to snap off the fins,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My puffers don't nip other fins those. The bottom feeder is the one that chases them

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      water temp?

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      91Nickster 4 years ago

      The water temp is 78 degrees

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: OH YES!!! I bought two and the store worker said they might nip fins. Heck they completely ate all the fins off one of my fish and now it can hardly move. Makes me so sad that I bought it into the tank.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 1 gallon tank and two puffers, how soon do i have to get a bigger tank?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how big do they get?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: no no no! we just got 2 puffers and a betta. next day puffers ate the betta

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: up to 6"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can they live in a marine tank?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey I'm Jenna I'm going to get four for my birthday, in you video what were you feeding you green spotted pufferfish and for four of them would you go with a 30 gallon tank?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: NO! If you want 4 GSP they should be in a 100g tank. At least...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: eventually. They start of FW in a LFS and then move onto marine slowly.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 4 GSP, I bought from Wal-Mart over a year ago. They've been thriving and growing, but recently our biggest puffer fish has developed a white open flesh wound on the top of his head. It is very obvious that it is getting bigger and deeper by the week, and tissue is falling off of it. I don't know what it is, and I don't know what to do! Any suggestions or diagnosis?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have 2 new puffer fish we received from someone that was moving out of the area. They were housed in a 5 gallon tank, since we received them we bought them a 50 gallon tank. We have tested the water and used a hydrometer to test the salt levels. All of the results are within normal range, but both puffers are in curled up in u shapes, sitting on the bottom of the tank and will not eat. We are a little concerned about them. Can you offer any advice?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My GSP turned white on his back. What happened?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 2 GSP's. One is almost 2" big and the other one is about an inch in size (from lips to tip of tail-fin). They seem to both be happy at an sg of 1.015. Is it okay to keep them at the same sg. level? How long should they stay at this level before upping the salinity levels again?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my fish r just floating at the top of the water they look dead but are not what's wrong an what do i do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Have you checked all water levels? Do you know what salt level they were previously kept at? Did you cycle the new tank? What is the temp. of the water? What are you feeding them? It is also somewhat normal for these fish to sit in a U shape at the bottom. To me they seem to react more to change in their surroundings than other fish. Keep checking the water levels and try feeding them something different. Mine likes frozen bloodworms. Don't defrost them. Make sure to pick any uneaten food out of the tank, and don't overfeed. Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I believe your fish may have "Hole in the Head". Here's a link.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hole_in_the_head_dise...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how can you tell boy or girl

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a 15 gallon tank and i just bought this Green spotted puffer he is so cute and is in a Freshwater tank as he matures when i add salt to the water will the other Freshwater fish get affected?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Potato joe don't you think you and your logic could answer that question for yourself? Of course the others would be affected, and if you don't add salt then your cute lil GPS will be affected. Seems you have to choose or buy another tank.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Any change in your fish? Have you made any changes in their conditions? How big is the tank? How big are the fish? Is there salt in the water? If so, what is the salinity level (sg.)?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have a gsp n he is moving very little he is dark to black pale ,not eating don't seem happy .i added 2 small chiclids, I tested water all is fine. Have another tank cycling as we speak ,I think it is stress here is y I think so. Started with Puffy gsp, got a Pleco,then tire track eel, then another Pleco now 2 chiclids tank is 10g. I have the 90g almost ready To go, any help would appreciate it Ty

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my GSP is eating well, since I added a bigger size into my tank. all puffers eat less... and only one of GSP's fin is not open, can eat, body stay green. why? thanks~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      please help..... my gsp who ive had for about 6 wks has developed a huge white lump on his head, 7 days ago i thought he had banged his head and damaged his skin then 3 days ago the gooey white lump reached 5mil in diameter and is growing. my local fish experts recommended eSHa 2000 fungus wide range treatment but he has not responded and is getting worse. he is very attentive and has a white belly but his luminous green is slowly turning black. oh so sad as he is wonderful and any help much appreciated x lucy x

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can they be housed with lion fish?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      please help ive a 6mth gsp and he has a rather large ulcer on the top of his head for which i was told to treat him esha 2000 by my local aquarist and this eve he is unable to swim properly and is tumbling and bumping in 2 things and is a very dark grey..... he hasn't eaten for a week and all the tests performed the the aquarist have come back good. im afraid im going to loose him but was wondering if any1 had any ideas (soooo upset). all he wants 2 do is lay in my hand and have a cuddle but even though i steralise my hands before touching him im afraid of making him worse. any help appreciated x

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what does it eat

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We just bought a baby GSP and it has the cutest fins and it just floats around. However, we are worried its is with a mixture of other freshwater fish, do we need to give it a friend and put them in a salt-water tank we don't want it to get too big. its way cute at this size...I have a 2 gallon tank would that be big enough for two GSP's

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how many gsp could i fit in a 50 gallon tank

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: 30 gallons of water per puffer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: 2 gallons is tiny, its not regaurding their size but tge amounts of amonia and poo and nitrates they put out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Could be ick or cloudy eye. Try cycleing the tank n make sure everythig is at the right level. There is also medcine that will help. Research more on ick and cloudy eye to see.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You need 30 gallons per puffer , plus eventually your other fish might get eaten.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a gsp and in last 5days its stomach has gotten quite large. I believe she may be pregnant or with eggs but not sure. It has been mostly staying inside of a dark hole in a skull statue bur will come out to eat occasionaly butnot as active. The 2nd gsp we have in same tank and it seems to be normal other than his colors have been changing a lot more he also seems to be circling other gsp.

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      SadSquid 4 years ago

      Great lens, I used to keep fish before moving to frogs. Never had puffers but I kept clown and kuhli loaches, which also had some intereting behaviours

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have like 4 spotted puffers and 3 figure 8 puffers I have one spotted puffer who has been black for about a month what do I do everyone else is hhealthy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I know it recommends 30 gal/fish, but would it be reasonable to keep 1 puffer in a 10 gallon with 1 bottom feeder?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought a juvenile spotted puffer, and later learned that it has to be in salt water when it gets older. Is there a happy medium on the salt level for my puffer and cichlids to stay in the same tank. I already have some salt in my tank, but was hoping I can keep them all together. Please advise. thanks much

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      lori-masonsawyerburks 4 years ago

      i recently purchased a juvenile green spotted puffer fish. Is there a salt level that would be suitable for him and also my cichlids to live healthy together?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my leopard puffer fish has laid eggs about two weeks ago and the color is gold will they still hatch? and are they still alive ?and I got it from Walmart two weeks ago too and I do not have the male fish and no other fish in the tank do I need the male for the eggs to hatch?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey, great advice! Just wonder if you could help, I have 3 gsp and they seem happy! Could we have any other fish/animal in the tank with them, or just stick with other puffers ? Does it have to be the same puffer fish?

      Thanks :) look forward to your reply :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What well happen if the puffer fish has a white eye

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what will happen if a red belly pirhana eats a green puffer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I had mine in with some other fish and the gsp started eating the other fishes fins. I think they should be considered hostile to other fish

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @lori-masonsawyerburks: I have spotted green puffers and africian rift, frontosa, green terror, and jack dempsy living together for over three years now. no issues at all.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: most can be correct with clean water and water changes. Make sure you have salt and may want to add some metafix

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what is the best way to move them? i've found with goldfish if you take just enough water out of the tank to carry it they react better than putting them into a different container and readjusting them to new water. which was is best to move a spotted puffer? it's own container or in the tank?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The puffer dies... These puffers do not have venom

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How long can a green spotted putter live in fresh water

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i'm thinking of getting a green spotted puffer.I have a 30 gallon.I'm wondering if i have to make it brakish water or if i can leave it fresh. and what other fish can i put in with them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what does it mean when your puffers tail tucks in to it's side as if it is stuck and it stops swimming, only using one fin? it's as if it had a cramp in it's tail and couldn't break free to swim. he was just kind of bobbing up and down in the water,

      iv'e never seen that before.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      would a 10 gallon tank be suitable for 2 puffers? until they grow bigger?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how long can a green spotted puffer fish live in just fresh water?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      lol i don't understand galons the tank i intend on using for 2 puffers and nothing els is 2.5x2.5x2 ft, is that suitable?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: They go up and down in tank when they are bored or they see you and want attention(i.e. food).They tuck their tails in when they feel threatened,and also when they like to ride around on tank currents from filters or bubblers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i would say what ever you can do quickest, if your going to leave it in the tank i would cover it up so they can't see out and get it over with as quickly as possible remember to leave the tank lights out for a good while after a transfer, this helps a lot with reducing the stress of moving for any fish and try and use the same water and filter if they are being moved to another tank.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You have to add aquarium salt.I have a 125 gallon tank that has 2 Green spotted puffers, 2 Tiger Oscars,5 Barbs,2 Rose barbs,2 Red Fin Sharks,and two sucker fish.I have had them for about a year and used regular aquarium salt at all water changes.It is also better for the other fish cause it improves gill function. My oscars get scraped up darting after food and hit rocks,and their cut heal very quickly in the salt water.My puffers have not attacked any other fish and they have never had black bellies.Unlike what was listed in article,if your puffers belly turns black there is a problem,either stressed,not eating properly,or sick.When I first introduced them about a year ago,one of my oscars tried to eat one and ended up getting paralyzed sitting on the bottom of tank for about 24 hours.GSP's are poisonous and secrete a toxin if threatened or attacked.My oscar did not die,but he learned not to mess with the puffer's anymore.Other than that they all get along great.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really need help my Leopard spotted puffer is at the top of my tank not moving any fins kinda just like he is blown up with air and he is just floating there is this normal? I know he is alive because when I look at him you can see his eyes move and once in a while he will move his front side fins. He has not gone to the bottom at all even When I first bought him on Sunday he was pure BLACK now he is white belly with beautiful green and black spotted top Im just concerned Please help He is in a 75 Gallon tank Fresh water put aquarium salt into to help with the "brackish"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yes. I have had three in a 10 for 2 years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My green spotted puffers fish have grown too long and I am looking for a quick way to trim them before the problem gets worse. Any suggestions?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what other fish can be in the tank with them?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: mine does the same thing is that a sign of death or what is it.?????

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: it doesn't sound too good for him. did u get him from a petco or walmart? cuz that is probably why he's being like that if u did get him from a place like that. how big is he, because if he's 4'', then he needs to be in mostly marine water, if he's 2'' then he needs half fresh, half salt,

      if he's 6'' then he needs complete marine.

      also, what do u feed him? that can effect him a bit. is he eating?

      check the water for ammonia, and hope that that's the case because that sort of easy to fix. i hope he gets better soon! i hate hearing stories like this! good luck!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why are two out of my three puffer staying at the top of the tank? Tank is cycled, ammonia and nitrate levels are ok and PH is at 7.8.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Do these fish blow up??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you need a 60 gallon tank. That means you need to be able to put 60 gallons of water in the tank.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No, They put off a lot of bad waste and it is not a good environment for them. they will probably die sooner then they should or not be happy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My puffer isn't eatting. Im really worried about him. I cleaned the water last week and made sure i added the same amount of salt that i add every month. any suggestings? Ive had him for three years and he has never acted this way before.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got three spotted puffers today. They are baby's about an inch and a half long. They are in a 65 gallon tank. I put 6 teaspoons of salt in the water. How often do I need to do this?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: is the 1 at the bottom beatin the other 2 up? i have a green spotted puffer and a figure 8. the figure 8 is smaller so it stays away from the spotted puffer cuz he's a meany lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my gsp's belly goes black and white all the time. he plays hide and seek with me. he'll go in a dark corner of his tank n belly will go black n his green gets darker, once he notices me lookin at him he'll pop out n go back to a light green n white belly. my figure 8 puffer gets darker in color on top as well. i have yet 2 c his belly change tho. they love blood warms n snails but not so much shrimp tho. i'm still lookin 4 other foods 2 get em

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      IS it bad to have to of them togather?????

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How often do you have to clean their tank?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No, but make sure to watch them when putting them together for the first time. And be sure to give them plenty of space. These guys love their room, but mine love the company of other puffers. Watch them at first to monitor their behavior, they can get a bit stressed when new fish are added so be careful that they all are getting along before you leave them alone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Salt should not evaporate in the water very quickly. Be sure to test your water's salinity after a water change or periodically to be sure that everything is balanced. Check every 1-2 months to be safe.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, but only when VERY STRESSED. Be careful with your little guys, stress is a killer, not something to play around with.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son just bought a puffer fish (from Walmart of all places) and was the best looking one there. I noticed the water level was getting low so I added a tiny bit more water with salt. The fish was swimming around with his tail bent to his right side just floating, left fin making him swim. He was all balled up. He looks to be better now, but I was hoping it wasn't a shock to add the water...?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How much salt do I need to put into the tank and what should be used to make sure it has enough salt.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think my fish is pregnant how would I know

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 140 gallon tank (530 liters) and i am unsure as to how much salt i soulstjerne have?

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      greatgifts4u 4 years ago

      What a cool fish! Thanks for the great info!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my puffer fish is dented in on the left side and is very skinny. i don't know what to do . please help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      should you have a heater in the tank for the green spotted puffers ? I have had my puffers for over a month now without one but from what i have been reading ,most say you should so which is it ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What does it mean when the puffer's belly is half black and half white

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No,green spotted puffers don't blow up.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: What food did you feed him?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If my freshwater puffer is with other tropical fish- how do i add salt? will it kill my other fish? Also, is a puffer, swoardtail, guppy, and 2 tetras too much for a 7.5 gallon tank? How fast does a puffer grow?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i just got a spotted puffer today and i put it in a 1 gallon tank with another little fish. so far everything seems to be doing good. is that okay?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey there I want these fish but I wanna know if they sell them in Australia

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Unless you've been completely cleaning your tank, there will be salt left, so adding the same amount is actually increasing the salinity.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was very helpful as I just went to the fish store to look for fish. I bought the tank and salt and hydrometer. I will run it for 2 days and test the water. Then I will put them in... With your helpful advice I think I will be good to go! Cheers

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How do i make water saltwater for my leopard puffer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My green spotted puffer is breathing very heavy and hasn't eaten in over a week. His belly is gleaming white, though he gets a little grey for a few minutes here and there through the course of the day. His brother is swimming fine and eating like a horse, but I just don't know what's wrong with Meatball. Could he be constipated? From everything ive read that seems like the most logical answer....i wish i could just rub his belly to get him to "go" byt we know that's not happening! Lol Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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      MeatballNSnottiesMom 4 years ago

      My green spotted puffer seems to be breathing very heavy. His belly is gleaming white with the occasional grey patch here and there throughout the course of the day. I don't think he has eaten in over a week. He is swimming fine but occasionally he sits in the upper corner of the tank making bubbles and breathing in fresh air. From other forums I have been reading, I think he may be constipated. Is there anything I can do to allievate this? Peas, epsom salt? I read that as treatment for Betas but am not sure if that would work for my puffer. His brother is swimming like a mad man and eating like a pig so I believe is ailment (if any) is an individual issue. I wish I could just rub his belly to help him "go" but we all know that's not happening. LOL Any advice would be helpful, unless I am just being a neurotic mom....but I know when my babies aren't themselves, and Meatball certainly isnt himself lately.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have no questions just be jealous comments my puffer is a baby and hes spoiled rotten prince his name is puffy and hes the most happiest puffer he lives in a 20 gallon tank and he loves traveling so stress to him is the past i got september 2 at walmart yes thats his birthday anyways hes quite the travler he goes to petsmart with me in a travel tank picks his own aquarium stuff out soo be jealous and hes bffs with my kitten booboo he will follow booboo around the tank all the time hes fed 3 shrimp a day and he lets me feed it to him always swims up for me to pet him hes like a dog anyways hes the most happiest puffer ever and i am only 14 and hes spoiled so people with gsps spoile them they deserve it oh and he knows roll over and swim left swim right soo yeah people spoile them they deserve it i know puffy is soo yeah bye oh and hes the most brightest puffer with a milky white belly haha

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What if your fish has a small tank and how do you tell if their teeth are rotting?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a 10 gallon tank and a baby spotted puffer with a gourami and a bala shark is this bad?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Way way way too small get a bigger tank or it will die. Please!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there! A good rule of thumb is one inch of fish per gallon of water was far as your tropicals go! You're tank is very small for everyone and I definitely recommend an upgrade soon! The salt will not harm your tropicals and it shows you how to add it on the packaging. As far as I know. Hope this helps!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What fish are compatable with this fish?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Your fish sounds cool but you need to learn about grammar.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I picked mine up at walmart too... he was in a 2 or 3 gallon tank with about 20 other puffers... WTF WalMart!!! He was the only one with a tail because he was chasing all the others around nipping at them. I bought him to save the others and naturally named him "Little Bastard" because of his agressive nature. He sure is a fun little fish to have though. I also have a figure 8 puffer in a separate tank (they each have their own 30's side by side). I started a snail tank in a 10 gallon about 3 months ago and im finally able to feed those to my puffers since the snail count is around 100+ now (They breed fast!) --> Free food!

      I take good care of these little guys. They're just too damn cute.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I dont think tanks under 20 gallons should even be constructed and sold to the public. So damn sad when people cram a bunch of fish in a tiny tank. Could you spend your life in a 10x8 cell? Oh wait prisoners do, and they're happy right? Of course they're not. And they even get to go roam the yard for a few hours a day!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Zayn...what walmart did you purchase from?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well to start off congrats on joining the GSP club lol, i have 2 green spotted puffers in my 60 gal tank and have had them for almost 2 years, sounds like he needs a bit more variety in his diet to help his digestive system get a bit more to his natural state, I've found that keeping a separate tank to house live foods such as ghost shrimp, snails (of different sorts) ie.. pest snails mystery snails ect..., crabs and crayfish < larger ones i remove the claws to prevent unnecessary damage to my beloved Gsp's, that coupled with a variety of frozen foods like plankton, brine shrimp, blood worms. and on occasion i will put in Clams and mussels, and some backyard fav's night crawlers cut into bite size chunks, fed on a rotating schedule twice a day, with regular tank management should help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: As you may know already Gsp's are notorious "fin nippers" and don't get along with many fish but smaller cichlids of the same size as your GSP who can "hold their own" should work just fine

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: if your puffer is in fresh water now his transition should be made gradually to mimic their natural life, as they are born in fresh water in the wild and slowly make their way to a marine environment if you follow this guideline your puffer should live a long healthy life..... birth to 1 inch = freshwater 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches = brackish water 2 1/2 up marine with salinity level of no less 1.001 and no grater than 1.015 this is accomplished by first getting a hygrometer and slowly adding aquarium salt as directed on container for your size tank then as marine conditions are required marine salt by 2 table spoons every 2 weeks till conditions are prime....... hope this helps

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beware of capticity with other fish, these fish will chase around and nipple or strike my biggest fish. Biggest problem is adding new fish to "HIS" community, he has nipped and stressed two fish to the death. HE has got to go to another tank. Only cicilids will cohabitate as far as I know. Walmart needs to mark as agressive!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi and thanks for taking the time to read my questions and offer any advice. I would like to begin set up for 1 GSP (It would be the ONLY fish in the tank). First I would like to mention I only have a 10 gallon tank (I am living in a bedroom for now) but can get a 30 gallon tank soon. Will the 10 gallon tank work for a short time? (It has a whisper filter that came with the purchase of the tank) Do I use the carbon part of the filter with a GSP and salt in the water? Didn't know if that mattered or if that was just for when you placed medicine in a tank. Also, how long should I let the tank set up for? Days, weeks, more? Or just until I get the saltinity correct? I do still need to purchase a hygrometer and I will do that a.s.a.p. I would just like to have someone walk me through step by step from the very start. I will purchase a small tank to house ghost shrimp, snails, etc. Do I need to worry about any diseases when picking out or housing the snails and ghost shrimp etc.? I will also buy something to make sure the temperature is okay. Only things I have so far is the 10 gallon tank, fake plants, typical gravel and an led light attached to the lid. I have also purchased Jungle Aquarium Salt....is this correct, will it do? I also purchased Tetra AquaSafe which Dechlorinates and conditions the water, is this okay to use with the salt and gsp? What are some of the names of the live plants I should purchase? Like, I said if someone could just walk me through each step detailed, I would be so greatful!!! I will also purchase the Saltwater master test kit. I just want everything to be perfect because I do not want to purchase a gsp and have him stressed, suffer or die...I would like a happy, vibrant, healthy gsp for years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How long do these fish live for? Also is it hard to keep them as a pet?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Walmart in Sandy Utah (At - The Quarry)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: They did... A section of the sign says "May nip fins"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can you keep them on a 5 gallon just for like 2 years you think it could make it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just a little note to those who are buying these from Walmart. I am a pet dept manager at Walmart. Anyone selling these puffers to you should know the important information about them. Our vendors do provide us with this information! If you aren't told anything, you should ask. Also, when we order these fish they send us 12 per one order so yes the tank is crowded at first. In my experience, these fish sell fast at my store. We cannot adjust how many the vendor sends per order but we are supposed to order as few as possible. In this case being 12. I apologize if you experiences with Walmart have been less than satisfying but remember that not all walmarts are the same! Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello first thank you for all the great info on green puffers i am a new owner about 3 weeks i just love them they are great but my little guy is acting funny wouldnt eat today & is just hanging out at the bottom of the tank with his head downward he dont have a black belly but does look blacker around the middle of his body im worryed about him

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If you are using a "hygrometer" to measure specific gravity, all you're going to find out is that water is wet.

      Hydrometers measure the specific gravity of liquids,

      including brackish water.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We bought our first puffer from walmart as well. Put him in my 55 gal community tank and quickly realized he didn't play well with others. We removed him promptly and put him in a seperate tank. He was called Jackass from that point on. We still had no clue that he truly needed special treatment. He died a few months later we were so sad because he was so fun to watch. We recently bought another puffer at Jacks and again were not given any proper info he died within a week. Even though I've had an aquarium my entire life I really have only delt with simple tropicals. My daughter really wanted to try one more time to keep a puffer but I told her we needed to do some research first. I asked the girl at a different Jacks why our lil guy keeps dying on us. She asked me if I put any salt in his water due to him being a brackish water fish. Of course we had not since I wasn't aware that they needed it. Plus the fact that they need some what of a special diet. We feel so sad about the other puffers and our absence of knowlegde to care for them. Thanks for all this helpful and educating info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My puffer fish are burrowing in the sand I am trying to figure out what it means.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Gsp get up to 6.5 in and your suppose to have one gallon of water for every inch, He would be much happier in at least a ten gallon :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey everyone its me bree and puffy has passes away cause my little cousin poured apple juice in it so I want to know if walmart puffers are the best choice oh and I have a 100gallon now

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ive had several GSP over the years, one of mine ive had for 2+ years now. I started out with 2 ~2 inch GSP in a 10 gallon and they were fine for over a year (with weekly water changes and an ammonia/nitrate detoxifier). I now only have 1 GSP in a 20 gallon tank with 6 tigar barbs, 5 neon tetras, 2 algae eaters and a quarry and they are all fine together. The tick is getting tank mates that are fast and at least semi aggressive. My puff tries to catch them but he cant, because their just as fast and has given up chasing them over time. BTW I have had mine in only fresh water for 2+ years, i will be switching to brackish water eventually, I was kinda hopping he'd kill my fresh water fish so I could do it sooner but I'll be playing the waiting game now. Very easy to maintain, have gone over a week without feeding and he was fine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, i just got two GSP for my birthday. i saw them and thought they were so cute. I was planning on buying a saltwater fish tank and was wondering if i could start them in a brackish and then put them in saltwater? And if i could put them in saltwater, what tank mates can they have? thanks for any help!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My little puffer fish is acting like it should and is eating well but on its belly is a black bump. its stomach is not black but only a little spot that is more to the right of its belly. I am noticing that it is getting bigger. Is this normal or is there something wrong?

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      Earnlat 4 years ago

      Really cool lens, lots of great info. I really appreciate the ocean world, and the big puffer fish I've often caught. I always throw them back, but I have a buddy originally from Haiti that refers to them as "chicken of the sea"!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 5 green spotted puffers in one large tank.They have been great since i have had them and doing very well today.I just noticed that one of them is so puffed out and differently than the others ,that im starting to wonder if this one is pregnant.I have had these littles guys for over a year and i have never seen one like this before.IM keeping an eye on this one to see if it goes down at all but this one likes to hide si it may take some time.I always thought it was rare to have them mate and get pregnant and i have no ideal if there is male and female in this tank.My question is #1 what do they look like when pregnant and #2 how do you tell male and female appart ? thanks alot,Kathy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what if you have a 20 galon tank that is a tropical fresh water aquarium and dont have many hardthing s in it to chuw on?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my 4 yr old green puffer has skin lesion on the side, how can i treat it?

      Thank you,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my puffer has freshwater salt.... should i get instant? and if i do will freshwater fish still live?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: how many gallons is that tank?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What fish can be put in the tank with the puffer fish. I'm new with this fish nd it has all ready eaten 4 of my other fish. The fish I have left is a ranbowshark a tiger fish nd a alge fish. I want to get a bala shark nd a dinosaur eel but I don't kno if the puffer fish will eat them to. Can u help me out with compatable fish?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      for all you people out there with pufferfish like me you just need to do some research and stpmasking so many questions

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: it is prego duhhh !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have kept my puffer in fresh water and it seams to be doing ok

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Um... I got my puffer in with a gourami and a tetra they doing fine, it's a fresh water tank, but if I put salt water I'n will it hurt the other two?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have two spotted puffers and in my 55 gallon tank I have 2 rainbow sharks 2 tricolor sharks a 5in crawfish and a orange african ciclid and a yellow and black South african ciclid and 3 small cherry barbs lso a alge eater and 6 tetras and they all get along fine! I feed them live shrimp frozen brine shrimp. blood worms and regular fish flakes

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      Am totally into aquaria and have collected and successfully maintained many salt species. I've seen these at fish stores but never had one, they look interesting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I too have my puffer in with an oscar and red tail shark they are doing good together and I was wondering if I put the Marine Salt in tank will it hurt my other fish? Thanks

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