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Mel1234 - 2012-09-17
I have just acquired a lung fish about 8 inches long. He is past the external gill stage and is going to the top of the tank to gulp air like a normal lung fish. I keep him in a large tank with plenty of hiding places (plants), temperature around 72F, slow moving water, mid-range pH, low to no ammonia, and a good filter. In the 1 & 1/2 weeks I have had him I have not seen him eat and am becoming concerned. He seems rather lathargic (not much movement at all), but could that just be his behavior? I have offered him dillies (small worms), fish flakes (sparingly, he ate 1 or two), and ghost shrimp and he does not seem to be eating. Has anyone on here cared for a younger lung fish and can tell me if this is normal? Any help would be appreciated as I am trying to provide him with optimal care.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-17
    Raise the temperature!
  • Mel1234 - 2012-09-19
    Thanks for the feedback. What would you keep it at? I had it at 78F for about a week, then dropped it to 72F because the few sources I found said they live in water 60F-80F or in the 70F range. I was worried I had his temp. too high.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-19
    These are a warmer water species, so a temperature of 78F is within their range of 75-82F. It may be that it doesn't recognize the foods your offering. You could try offering live feeders to stimulated it to eat as a more recognizable food source  along with the worms, and then offer shrimps once it starts feeding. Not sure if it will every be enticed to eat flake foods. Let us know how it goes!
  • Mel1234 - 2012-10-09
    Thank you for the help! Apparently he was just faking it. He has eaten the ghost shrimp from 20 strong down to just 6 shrimp in the tank. The front left fin, which was just a stump when I got him, has grown almost completely back. I foolishly assumed he was diurnal, but apparently they are nocturnal and he seemed lathargic because he was RESTING. Thanks again for the extra information!
  • ben - 2014-03-12
    Warmer. I keep mine at 78-80. Seems to love it. Also try frozen uncooked shrimp. Not the tiger shrimp. Stick to saltwater shrimp cause freshwater shrimp usually come from nasty water.
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mystery - 2014-03-12
Hey, I have a South American Lungfish. He/She is around 20' long. I realized that putting those types of fish in large tanks makes it more difficult for them to reach for air. Instead it makes them swim for it. The shallower the better. Worry more about the footprint of the tank instead. Wouldn't recommend hand feeding. Mine will try to take fingers. 'ALWAYS BE ON TOES OR LOSE THOSE'

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Anne - 2009-03-14
I have a striped puffer for about two years, he/she is awsome! Very docile so far, actually I have a hard time keeping things in the tank with him/her, but not because he bothers anyone, it's the other way around! We call him "lil man" he's been so awesome. He stopped eating live food a year ago, I got worried something was wrong as he was keeping a couple guppies as buddies. But I got him eating a variety of frozen foods. He's about 7" long, plump, beautiful blue eyes. He shares his tank with two small clowns, anemone, blue damsel, and an engineer goby that's huge. oh yea, Patrick, the chocolate chip star, he gets hand fed too. They are smart, people tend to think fish don't have much brain other than instinct, but I beg to differ!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-03-20
    this is a freshwater fish.... why do u have it in a salt water tank?
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-11
    Need to change your tank to freshwater!
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Anonymous - 2014-03-11
Hello I have a bubble eye gold fish and one of the bubbles has popped completely. Is this something I should be concerned about, and the other one is deflating what should I do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    He may be okay, but their bubbles are prone to infection and you may want to put some medication in the water to reduce the chance of infection setting into the deflated bubble. How is he doing now? I hope he is still thriving. Also make sure to do regular water changes because these fish need clean water!
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Suganya - 2014-03-11
Hi... My kisser minnie lies vertically very often at the top region of the tank and stays inactive most of the time... only when I go knock near him he gets active... what is wrong with my minnie?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Is he eating regularly still? If he is eating and doesn't have any obvious illness (fungal or bacterial patches, fin rot, open sores, etc.) then I would just keep an eye on him. But also check all water parameters, temperature, and make sure you are keeping on top of water changes to reduce the chance of infection. How is he doing now? I hope he is acting better! Good luck.
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ana - 2014-03-10
So I've had a silver tip for about 3 weeks now. It's about 2 inches and is at salt water level 1.004 in a 30 gal. He was very active till I woke up and noticed he was very light, the black on its fins were discolored and it was in the bottom corner of the tank not even moving. I tried feeding it and it won't swim up, I threw in a tablespoon of salt along with quick start liquid stress coat and stress enzyme and still nothing. Any suggestion or opinions? I really care about it and don't want it to die on me.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    What color have his fins turned to? It sounds like it may be a fungal infection and you may want to treat for that. Also, is your tank setup relatively new? (the water balance may not be optimal yet), and do you do regular water changes? Make sure you change about a quarter of your tank at least monthly to keep the water in good condition.
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chang long - 2011-03-15
The black belt cichlids are awesome. The book that has these cichlids are Tophero Son of Smildon which is a great book.

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  • ed - 2014-03-09
    I have a pair of black belts, one is 5 inches one is 8 inches and they had babies about one week ago. Second batch. These ones I think will survive.
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Mary - 2012-01-20
I have a 10 gallon tank along with 5 goldfish, I've got hiding spots and decor and fake plants. I was at Walmart and saw the litter spotted green puffer. The lady in the fish department gave me very little info on him. She said he eats just flakes, and use the aquarium salt. I bought him and the Jungle aquarium salt. Thankfully I still have a can of blood worms to hold him over besides the flakes until I go buy some other foods/snails for him. Little did I know what I was getting into. What kind of snails would I buy to feed him? I'm going to go buy some real plants for him to nibble on too. Do you think my little guy will survive in my tank?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis) from Walmart are typically brackish water and will not survive, sadly in your tank. Puffers are referred to as 'aqua dogs' due to their personality, and the fact that they chew on whatever they can. Keep your wires out of reach. They will grow up to 5' and they are semi-aggressive. They really need their own tank and brackish water is not too hard to keep, sort of between salt and fresh. As little juveniles, like many fish, they are found in fresh water, then migrate to estuaries, or brackish water. If it is still young enough to deal with the fresh water, it will go after your goldfish.

    I would suggest buying another tank for your puffer if you are in love with it, and look up a little more information and your puffer will reward you with years of companionship. They do need to be entertained too! If you don't want to do all of this, then I would say to return the puffer to the store.

    If you want a TRUE FRESHWATER puffer, they are out there, just do the research before buying, and even then, do not put in with goldfish. Hope that helps and have fun with your spotted aqua dog!
  • Mary - 2012-01-20
    They are not gold fish but *GLOfish* their little neon tetra sort of fish and I've been keeping a eye on them and they seem to be getting along. I do plan on getting him a 20gal tank tomorrow just for him. He is quite adorable and I do want to keep him, Hoping he lives and heals because his fins are severely chewed up. I read they are omnivorious and need alot of meat like live crustaceans and freezed bloodworms or shrimp and snails to keep there teeth in check. He's only a inch big right now, would anyone recommend what to feed him till he gets bigger?
  • Jay - 2012-01-26
    Mary, those glow fish will be a meal soon. The amazon puffer is a brackish water fish when young then requires full marine conditions when fully grown. Despite what you read online most puffers are salt water fish. In the long run your glow fish will be eaten or killed and the puffer will die from living in the wrong environment. This is what happens when you buy fish from the know nothings at walmart.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-01-31
    Hey I just did a bit of homework after purchasing probably the same freshwater puffer. I already have salt as well as brakish water but they need snails clams and other hard shelled live food to trim there teeth or they will grow to long to eat an die or if you are brave enough you might have to trim the teeth they also like brine shrimp as a treat as well as frozen blood worms
  • kyle - 2014-03-08
    Please help I just got 2.
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Mary - 2012-01-20
I have a 10 gallon tank along with 5 goldfish, I've got hiding spots and decor and fake plants. I was at Walmart and saw the litter spotted green puffer. The lady in the fish department gave me very little info on him. She said he eats just flakes, and use the aquarium salt. I bought him and the Jungle aquarium salt. Thankfully I still have a can of blood worms to hold him over besides the flakes until I go buy some other foods/snails for him. Little did I know what I was getting into. What kind of snails would I buy to feed him? I'm going to go buy some real plants for him to nibble on too. Do you think my little guy will survive in my tank?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis) from Walmart are typically brackish water and will not survive, sadly in your tank. Puffers are referred to as 'aqua dogs' due to their personality, and the fact that they chew on whatever they can. Keep your wires out of reach. They will grow up to 5' and they are semi-aggressive. They really need their own tank and brackish water is not too hard to keep, sort of between salt and fresh. As little juveniles, like many fish, they are found in fresh water, then migrate to estuaries, or brackish water. If it is still young enough to deal with the fresh water, it will go after your goldfish.

    I would suggest buying another tank for your puffer if you are in love with it, and look up a little more information and your puffer will reward you with years of companionship. They do need to be entertained too! If you don't want to do all of this, then I would say to return the puffer to the store.

    If you want a TRUE FRESHWATER puffer, they are out there, just do the research before buying, and even then, do not put in with goldfish. Hope that helps and have fun with your spotted aqua dog!
  • Mary - 2012-01-20
    They are not gold fish but *GLOfish* their little neon tetra sort of fish and I've been keeping a eye on them and they seem to be getting along. I do plan on getting him a 20gal tank tomorrow just for him. He is quite adorable and I do want to keep him, Hoping he lives and heals because his fins are severely chewed up. I read they are omnivorious and need alot of meat like live crustaceans and freezed bloodworms or shrimp and snails to keep there teeth in check. He's only a inch big right now, would anyone recommend what to feed him till he gets bigger?
  • Jay - 2012-01-26
    Mary, those glow fish will be a meal soon. The amazon puffer is a brackish water fish when young then requires full marine conditions when fully grown. Despite what you read online most puffers are salt water fish. In the long run your glow fish will be eaten or killed and the puffer will die from living in the wrong environment. This is what happens when you buy fish from the know nothings at walmart.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-01-31
    Hey I just did a bit of homework after purchasing probably the same freshwater puffer. I already have salt as well as brakish water but they need snails clams and other hard shelled live food to trim there teeth or they will grow to long to eat an die or if you are brave enough you might have to trim the teeth they also like brine shrimp as a treat as well as frozen blood worms
  • kyle - 2014-03-08
    Please help I just got 2.
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Mary - 2012-01-20
I have a 10 gallon tank along with 5 goldfish, I've got hiding spots and decor and fake plants. I was at Walmart and saw the litter spotted green puffer. The lady in the fish department gave me very little info on him. She said he eats just flakes, and use the aquarium salt. I bought him and the Jungle aquarium salt. Thankfully I still have a can of blood worms to hold him over besides the flakes until I go buy some other foods/snails for him. Little did I know what I was getting into. What kind of snails would I buy to feed him? I'm going to go buy some real plants for him to nibble on too. Do you think my little guy will survive in my tank?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis) from Walmart are typically brackish water and will not survive, sadly in your tank. Puffers are referred to as 'aqua dogs' due to their personality, and the fact that they chew on whatever they can. Keep your wires out of reach. They will grow up to 5' and they are semi-aggressive. They really need their own tank and brackish water is not too hard to keep, sort of between salt and fresh. As little juveniles, like many fish, they are found in fresh water, then migrate to estuaries, or brackish water. If it is still young enough to deal with the fresh water, it will go after your goldfish.

    I would suggest buying another tank for your puffer if you are in love with it, and look up a little more information and your puffer will reward you with years of companionship. They do need to be entertained too! If you don't want to do all of this, then I would say to return the puffer to the store.

    If you want a TRUE FRESHWATER puffer, they are out there, just do the research before buying, and even then, do not put in with goldfish. Hope that helps and have fun with your spotted aqua dog!
  • Mary - 2012-01-20
    They are not gold fish but *GLOfish* their little neon tetra sort of fish and I've been keeping a eye on them and they seem to be getting along. I do plan on getting him a 20gal tank tomorrow just for him. He is quite adorable and I do want to keep him, Hoping he lives and heals because his fins are severely chewed up. I read they are omnivorious and need alot of meat like live crustaceans and freezed bloodworms or shrimp and snails to keep there teeth in check. He's only a inch big right now, would anyone recommend what to feed him till he gets bigger?
  • Jay - 2012-01-26
    Mary, those glow fish will be a meal soon. The amazon puffer is a brackish water fish when young then requires full marine conditions when fully grown. Despite what you read online most puffers are salt water fish. In the long run your glow fish will be eaten or killed and the puffer will die from living in the wrong environment. This is what happens when you buy fish from the know nothings at walmart.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-01-31
    Hey I just did a bit of homework after purchasing probably the same freshwater puffer. I already have salt as well as brakish water but they need snails clams and other hard shelled live food to trim there teeth or they will grow to long to eat an die or if you are brave enough you might have to trim the teeth they also like brine shrimp as a treat as well as frozen blood worms
  • kyle - 2014-03-08
    Please help I just got 2.
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