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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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      Cher 5 months ago

      My puffers not only have a constant black belly but their tail is cocked to one side as if it has a charley horse in its tail. I will try to add salt to aquarium but will that salt hurt my sucker fish? The nitrates and ph tested perfect. I have 2 puffers less than one inch in size and I am thinking they are eating the fish food because there is a lot of poop all over to bottoms of the tank. They are in a 10 gal tank at the moment.

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      Al pal 5 months ago

      My GSP has a piece of dried shrimp that seems to be stuck on his mouth. He tries to wriggle it off but it doesnt help any. When i feed them he tries to eat but this piece is in the way! Ive tried nudging it off with my finger but nothing seems to work! Im worried about my little dude! Please help!

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      Sad pwner 2 years ago

      We got oneof these puffer and named him mr.bubbles he showed a funny personality lol he would siton a spogebob sign we bought saying life is sweet under the sea lol and when we comein he would perk up and look at us thru the tank he made me feel as if he were a dog our interactions were intertai ing and ill surly miss him even if it were only for 4 days.....gothim at walmart but i know this wasbad but we put him in a 1 gal tank but he was a baby...he did barrel rolls and flips when we changed his water tank full n i just read thts bad too he ended up floating on the top on his side adn we waited for a few mins and well we took him out and burried him cause whithin tht few days we already grew an atachment with him.....question was the sudden tank temp diff his cause of death and is it true he may have een in shock? And.tht i may hav burried him alive? if i did Then in a snse i hopehe was gone......well R.I.P. Mr.BUBBLES

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      Richard 2 years ago

      Reply to applejoez, they say gsp are very aggressive and one baby (maybe 1-3'') can kill a pack of betta itself.so I dont think its safe to put your frog with it.i think one of them is gonna get eaten if you put them together.

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      applejoez 4 years ago

      I have a puffer and I was wondering if it is safe to put my African Dwarf frog in with him. I tried putting the puffer in with my big fish tank but he kinda killed my beta. ( I did not know they were aggressive at the time) so is putting my frog in with him safe?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, i just got my first GSP. from walmart.and yes the it died in 18 hours.i m not new to the whole brakish thing i had sum kool mudd skippers..so i did alil more resurch an go a biger tank.im starting with a 10gal. will c if he makes it a little while then ill upgread .yes the sit is very imformitiv,as for walmart just make sur u now what you need.cuz yhey dont.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have recently bought 2 puffers for a 26 gal bow front tank. So far they are playing nicely with the other fish. These include 2 Australian rainbows, a rio tetra, 2 paradise and 1 dwarf gourami, 2 cherry barbs (one long-finned), a African frog, 2 zebras, 1 gold and one blue ram, 2 cory's and a tux platy, and 2 congo tetras. Again--all are playing well which after reading some of the comments I went back and watched them again. Maybe they are bullies at night, but so far, all is well with my minions.

      When I originally bought mine at Petco about a month or so ago, the associate told me his friend had kept his puffers in freshwater for years with no problems. I recently went to Petsmart and the guy there (who has a 500 gallon tank), told me I could put a touch of marine salt (the tip of a teaspoon he said) to help with the puffers (and shouldn't hurt the others) until I get a separate tank for brackish fish around Christmas time. I did some research on these cuties, but people with experience are the best teachers. So in your opinion, do you feel that with the variety of fish I have (along with the puffers) will be safe with just a little marine salt or would it be best to just wait until I get the tank for puffers and other brackish fish?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 20 gallon would a GSP be okay in it with only that one puffer?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I HAVE 2 BLACK TAIL SHARKS AND A NIGHT GOBY WITH A SMALL FIGURE 8 PUFFER WITH MY GREEN SPOTTED AND DOING FINE IN BRACKISH WATER. HAVE TRIED PLECOSTOMUS 2 EIMES NOW TO HELP WITH TANK CLEANING AND BOTH WERE BITTEN NEARLY IN HALF BY YOURS TRUELY.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a 15 gallon tank for my gsp fish if i feed him a muscle will it ruin the water quality ?thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: There are freshwater, brackish, and saltwater puffers. All have different requirements. The best place to go for this information is "The Puffer Forum".

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just today got 2 new green puffer fish I have a good hydratoin level as it says here they are in with my cichlids and plecos and getting a long ok. can I feed my puffers garden snails ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what would happen if your green spotted puffers teeth over grow

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can they servive in a bole because that's all I have

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how can you tell a boy from girl because I have a green spotted puffer fish today and I can't tell if it's a boy or a girl how can you tell if its pregnate

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what dose it mean when your puffer has a black and white belly

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My puffer has this cotton like,stuff around one of his eye why????

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love my spotted puffer fish. I actually acclimated mine to full saltwater and is in my 55 gallon with clown fish and striped damsels. Had him for 6 years. Took about 6 months to convert him from fresh to saltwater. Was a pain, but worth it in the end. And yes, they do love people interraction. Definitely my most favorite fish i've ever had til this very day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I used to have a green spotted pufferfish who lived for almost six years. He seemed much more intelligent than the other fish, for he learned where and when to go for food, and even followed me around the tank when it was almost feeding time. He also learned which other pet fish (the fish sharing the tank with him) were not too be eaten. Whenever I got a new fish, my puffer would try to bite it, and watch it intently especially if it was smaller than he was. If we chased him away with the thermometer we kept in the tank, eventually he would learn that that fish was not to be eaten and would ignore it. Except for that time when we dropped two snails in the tank. He somehow got into them and devoured them. I could go on and on and on about my puffer, but I think that's enough. He was the greatest pet I ever had.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Fish Is Swimming Upside Down & Hasn't Been Eating. Belly Is White With No Black On It So Idk.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, these fish do not live long in saltwater. Young green spotted puffers need a gravity of about 0.08, which is about 1/4 cup of salt per gallon of water, and you need at least 30 gallons per puffer fish. These fish require specific conditions that change with their lifetime as they naturally spend their juvenile years hopping in and out of brackish ponds and pools before making their way to sea in adulthood

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You have waaaay to many fish in one tank. You need 30 gallons per GSP alone. Please get them their own tank or all of the fish a larger tank. Just because they don't nip or attack one another does not mean they aren't cramped!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have two puffers and they are very curious and entertaining fish. However, their teeth growth can cause problems for them if you don't give them a proper diet of snails and other things to chew on they WILL chew up rocks, sand, and possibly aquarium equipment. This is not necessarily harmful to the fish but it can be stopped by giving them plenty of freshwater baby snails (which are not hard to raise in a separate, smaller tank) and the operculums of larger, dead snails. I also leave a few big snail shells in their tank, which they love chewing on. These fish do love to hunt so ghost shrimp and a small female fiddler crab are great, but yes, they do require a bit of plant in their diet every now and then. A black belly is not a cause for concern as far as I can tell unless their belly never turns completely white, which can be a sign of stress. They seem to darken their belly at night, whenever they sleep, and when they hang out in a part of the tank with less lighting, so do not be alarmed by it. These fish can grow up to six inches in ideal conditions but take years to mature and require a gradual acclimation of the tank to seawater conditions over the course of their life. For a GSP to be comfortable and grow to its full potential it requires 30 gallons to itself, so if you are having problems with raising a puffer or getting it to be compatible with other tankmates you need to consider the size of your tank and the size of the mates compared to the puffers. They don't do well with smaller fish, which they then eat. This is bad for not only the fish that was eaten but for the puffer since fish do not provide the puffers whole nutrition (meaning they will not actually be nourished until they digest that poor fishy and can be fed real food -- this causes stress too). Puffers raised together can nip eachother (although mine were raised together and get along swimmingly), so if you see any fin damage or skin injuries you could isolate the fish and use aloe vera drops to help speed its recovery. Such things are usually not life threatening unless they persist

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi one of my puffers is unable to swim upright, so is upside down. He is a duller colour than normal. What can I do to help him please?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got a puffer fish a day ago from Wal-Mart and it isn't eating anything I give it. The stomach is starting to turn black right where the green on its belly stops. On top of that is turning a yellow-green color. I am very worried and do not know what to do! I love this fish and I am afraid of losing it. Can you help me, if not I just wasted $4.42. DARN IT!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I went away for a month and left the care of my fish with my girlfriend however when I came home my puffer has growth over one eye and is not eating .Only god knows what happen but I really don't want to lose him. Any suggestions?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes. It's a puffer native to Africa. It's actually quite an interesting fish. It will bury itself under sand because it doesn't like being in the open water. It is called a Kongo Puffer. Hope i helped.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i just bought 5 gsp from walmart and they are doing fine. ive had them for a week and are very friendly.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a few freshwater puffers but they did not live long. Was the salt water the only problem? I would like to get more but I am worried that the same thing will happen. Is there such thing as a freshwater only puffer?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes tetras are strictly fresh water and the salt with burn them, if you want to keep them you will need two tanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Do not trim your fish!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: good lord if you have a 100gl tank you shouldn't be wasting your money at Walmart- find yourself an aquarium store in your town, they will have a much wider selection of fish and more knowlagable staff who can answer your questions and make suggestions for how you can better care for your tank. They'll have puffers of all sorts you can choose from! A 100gl tank is just too great of an opportunity for aquarium fun to be spending money on fish you get at Walmart... PetSmart is a better spot for beginners too if you can't find an Aquarium store :) Good luck and have fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just purchased a pregnant spotted puffer, how do I take care of her? Also how do I know when to expect the birth? Should I take any special precautions or special steps to seperate her from the rest?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For anyone who is keeping the green spot puffer in a freshwater tank, yes, it's ALIVE, but it won't reach old age in freshwater. I suggest over the next couple months increase the amount of marine salt in your tank until it is at a good level AS MENTIONED in the article (that no one seemed to listen to). For everyone who is trying to add other fish to the mix, DON'T, unless they are brackish as well and compatible with the puffer (AND YOU HAVE A LARGE ENOUGH TANK, 55 gallons or more depending). Being an aquarium enthusiast for many years I can confirm that this article is full of great advice that should be followed. And personally for @Ian, if you have a 20 gallon tank with no other fish, I suggest you do more research and it may be possible for you to keep one puffer in that tank. No more. As for the decor, stick to sand, rocks, wood, hardy plants like Vallineria or Echinodorus amazonicus. Sadly these plants will dye off as the salt concentration gets higher. For anyone who is just starting out in the hobby, try guppies instead. When you decide you wish to become better acquainted with the fish keeping hobby, then do plenty of research before keeping fish such as puffers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For anyone who is keeping the green spot puffer in a freshwater tank, yes, it's ALIVE, but it won't reach old age in freshwater. I suggest over the next couple months increase the amount of marine salt in your tank until it is at a good level AS MENTIONED in the article (that no one seemed to listen to). For everyone who is trying to add other fish to the mix, DON'T, unless they are brackish as well and compatible with the puffer (AND YOU HAVE A LARGE ENOUGH TANK, 55 gallons or more depending). Being an aquarium enthusiast for many years I can confirm that this article is full of great advice that should be followed. And personally for @Ian, if you have a 20 gallon tank with no other fish, I suggest you do more research and it may be possible for you to keep one puffer in that tank. No more. As for the decor, stick to sand, rocks, wood, hardy plants like Vallineria or Echinodorus amazonicus. Sadly these plants will dye off as the salt concentration gets higher. For anyone who is just starting out in the hobby, try guppies instead. When you decide you wish to become better acquainted with the fish keeping hobby, then do plenty of research before keeping fish such as puffers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I've got 4 Gsp's, a very large Mbu puffer, 7 lemon tetras, giant Danios's, 2 large clown loach and a catfish all in a 5 foot by 2 ft by 2ft tank with a sump below. They all get on fine!

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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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      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

      @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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      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

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: it is prego duhhh !

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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

      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

      @anonymous: how many gallons is that tank?

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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

      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

      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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

      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

      @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

      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: 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

      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

      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

      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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

      Zayn...what walmart did you purchase from?

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What fish are compatable with this fish?

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      anonymous 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 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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      MeatballNSnottiesMom 5 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 5 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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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How do i make water saltwater for my leopard puffer

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

      @anonymous: What food did you feed him?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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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      greatgifts4u 5 years ago

      What a cool fish! Thanks for the great info!

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      anonymous 5 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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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think my fish is pregnant how would I know

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.