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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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Larry - 2009-01-23
I have a pair of convicts which just had babies on the 16 of Jan and all is well. The last 2 days I notice the pair looks like their kind of sparring off and kinda nipping at each other. The females lips are a little rough. What are they doing and are they ok Thanks

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  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Hi Larry, the pairs are okay nothing to worry about it's the nature of those species. Even I have noticed and come across and they are fine.
  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Hi Larry, the pairs are okay nothing to worry about its the nature of those species. Even I have noticed and come across and they are fine.
  • Michael - 2014-03-08
    My name is Michael I would like to know why I cannot buy some babies?
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alice moore - 2014-03-06
I got a pair of these about 15 years ago, the female died about 5 years into it but the male has now been alive for about 15 years. I keep him in a 20 gallon tank heavily rocked by himself. I can't imagine he will live for much longer, but I have enjoyed this fish and will probably get another pair once the inevitable happens. Great fish!

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sheryl gleason - 2014-02-25
I have 2 blood parrot fish, 1 I had about 2 weeks before I got this other one and this bigger one is always bullying the smaller one. I got worried for the smaller one and put him a different tank was that wrong to do? Should I just have let them work it out on their own or should I just keep them away form each other? I really love them and want them together but don't want the smaller one hurt can some one help me with this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    It sounds like you did a good thing. Blood Parrot's are generally peaceful, due to their shy nature. However they do have aggressive parents, and so some show aggressive mood swings. The other thing you can do is look at your tank, make sure it is large with plenty of rock formations that provide hiding places. With enough room and decor, you can also try removing the other too, then rearrange the tank and introduce them both at the same time. That sometimes helps as neither then has a 'territory' it thinks it needs to protect.
  • sheryl gleason - 2014-02-28
    I have tried to redo the tank and put both fish together in at the same time and watched them for an hour. The big one still bullied the littler one, everywhere the smaller one went the bigger one was there pushing and really bumping him hard, i got really worried the smaller one was going to get hurt so i took out the bully fish. He is in a smaller tank for now, i don't know what to do with them not getting along, ok i have a tank with an oscar about the same size as my bully fish, would it be wise to put them together? I really don't know what to do here?
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lighteningcrash - 2012-09-22
i have varied quantities of these fish available,(have oxygen,bags,boxes and can ship) red by blue,(sexable from birth)

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  • Mark Fuentez - 2014-02-25
    Do you have some males for sale I would like to buy some. Do you have other mbuna for sale?
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troy - 2013-08-02
I have one of these fish, and they are more semi-aggressive than peaceful. Mine gets along fine with my kribensis, with some chasing or nipping when they get too close. These will attack other loaches, including pangio species, but in a large enough tank they will get along with their own kind. The reason I specifically said pangio species is because a breeding pair of kribensis I had attacked everything but my kulhi loaches. They are fine with anything that stays away from their territory on the bottom, but will harass other bottom dwellers.

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  • Si - 2014-02-25
    Does anybody know if it's good to put kuhli loach's in with just one skunk loach?
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Mary Ball - 2014-02-23
Hi.  Is there a Facebook group for people that love black moor goldfish? 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    Gosh, I don't know... but if I find one I'll post it!
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Tammy G - 2005-12-31
These fish are great I have 5 and they are worth the money. They are nice to watch. They have there own attitudes and they can be trained. My big male is 9in and he comes and gets the food from my hand! He is the first to eat and thinks every time I come to the tank it is to feed him. But let someone else go to the tank it is like I have no fish they hide. Well I have been at this for 2 years and I have now a total of 4 fish tanks they are really cool but when something goes wrong and they do get sick they can cost a lot. Have a great day thanks.

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  • Terry - 2013-10-07
    Linda, I have four frontosas in a 180 gallon tank. They do get pretty large but take a long time to grow. They are carnivores so a good protein diet is good.
  • Linda - 2013-10-02
    Tammy, I am new to Frontosa's. I just purchased three youngsters, would love to hear from someone who also has them. I continue to hear details on what to do and not to do, most doesn't make much sense to me. I can't tell how old your post is, so I hope you are still around. Thanks.
  • pam - 2013-12-27
    How can you tell male from female? We have 2, one has a more extended mouth. But one has a large lump on his head. My husband thinks it's a female.
  • Stacylee - 2014-02-20
    Hi how can u tell male to female frontosa
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Stacylee please read the 'Sex: Sexual differences' section above... it says 'male is larger, and often has a more pronounced cranial hump'
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Khai - 2014-02-20
Hey I have 2 red tail catfish. One of them is doing great but another one didn't even move and eat. I just wanted to get any advice and what to do to make it active? Please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Sounds stressed, like its sick or its unhappy. Things that come to my mind... is the tank big enough for these two huge fish to be comfortable? it could be a housing issue, And how long have you had it, if its new, has it been this way since you got it? if so, it may have had problems, and you should talk to your fish store right away
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Matt - 2013-11-11
I bought my tire track eel a couple days ago and I'm not to sure on how often to feed him. The guy at the shop said he feeds them everyday to double check I looked online and it says only 2-3 times a week. I feed him bloodworms. I also bought an African knife fish and the eel never gives him a chance to even see the food let alone eat it so I'm worried of accidentally over feeding in time or if he/she (noodle) is just naturally greedy and it's ok to eat a lot.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Eels really only need to be fed a couple of times a week, and sometimes they will go for longer without accepting food. I doubt you will overfeed, and it may be necessary to feed him down in a corner to keep him occupied, and then offer food directly to your knifefish so that fellow doesn't starve.
  • puneet - 2014-02-20
    I have two tire track eels... but how do I know who is male and who is female...
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