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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-11-12
Can a green spotted puffer live with:1 half banded loach,1 silver dollar tetra,2 corydoras cats,1 ocellated synodontis cat,1 BN Pleco,1 yoyo loach,1 male betta (veiltail),and 2 tadpoles?

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Norma - 2014-07-23
I live in Simcoe Ontario. I need help trimming my amazon bee puffer's teeth. Can anyone help me? I tried it myself but had no success.

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  • Norma - 2014-10-15
    Just to let everyone know, i did successfully trim my Amazon Puffer's teeth. It's funny, they were shy of me before i did it and now they are always at the front of the tank when i look at them. It's like we've bonded lol
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Steve Bussard - 2007-02-14
Temperments very greatly with these guys! Most are very subdued and just plain happy go lucky. I have 2 of these guys in my 90 gallon with several other fish, all MILDLY agressive. When first introduced to the tank they nipped at the fins of my angel, but after approximately a week, they left her alone. Some don't stop and do need to be placed in their own tank, but most will do very well in a comunity tank as long as the tank has fish agressive enough to set these little guys straight. Other than that, they are a very cute, fun, friendly, smart, and entertaining fish to care for. I personally would put their temperment in a class similar to an oscar, but of course on a much smaller size scale. I suggest anyone that wants an easy to care for, fun to watch fish, get at least one of these cuties.

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
    Aw that is so cute haha, before when we got a betta, we put him with some goldfish and of course he attacked. We caught him with a nat and held him in the net against the tank wall(no harm done just trappin him for 1 minuete).  everytime he flared we did this and t would spook him a bit. eventully this betta lived with several goldish and other types of fish and didnt bite anymore! We put this to the test with my green spotted puffers witch i was new at. when a puffer bit another puufer or fish we net him for a min. after that the puffers live with minnows (yes still brackish waters) and other fish and dont bite them! the good thing is they still eat live worms and snails but dont hurt any other fish.
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Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
I also want to know a very good list of medicines to have for future refrences that are PUFFER SAFE! ive bought alot of medecines and in teeny tiny letters it will say "do not use on scaleless fish) or that sort. Please tell me your favorites whats worked for you and why you reccomend it and what it does thanks! ^___^

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Floveme - 2013-10-12
Help! My green spotted puffers eyes are yellow! I can't find anything about the coloration and wanted to know if it's normal?

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
    They should be yellow but the really weird thing is I had a green spotted puffer(my favorite ive ever had) he died recently ;"( his name was smoochy and his eyes were blue,not cloudy eye but just, blue. I thought it was the weirdest thing ever and can find nothing at all on th internet about this.
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Ashlee - 2014-07-17
I just bought a spotted puffer and I have had him for about two days and he won't eat the flakes that I feed him, so I was wondering if there is any other type of fish food I could feed him so he eats and stays healthy.

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-19
    My puffers when i frist got them, I had NO expirience with them. But i figured out my young puffers 1-2 inch. will eat & love freeze-dried blood worms, and one of them loved ground foods. Also things like frozen shrimp or scallop but they didnt like it that much. Other then that when they got older around 2and a hald-3inch. they ate only foods like live worms, and other live things.
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estrondo - 2009-06-20
I am looking for somewhere to get a hold of more of these puffer fish. We originally had 3, but lost two. We absolutely love them, but have had no success in being able to replace them. Does anybody know where (in Canada) I can get more of these wonderful fish?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-29
    I've seen them at Big Al's in Edmonton Alberta just the other week.
  • steve m - 2012-08-26
    You can find them at Big Al's fish shop in Hamilton Ontario if this is in your area, maybe they can ship!
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-08
    I got mine at Pisces Pet Emporium in Calgary.
  • Cory - 2012-12-16
    Big Al's Aquarium Services in London Ontario has about 7 of them right now. Ask for 'Tony' the week-day fish guy. He is really great! :) I just got one. Absolutely adorable!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-21
    I need help fast ! My South American puffer is not eating anything he is in a 50 gallon with. Just 10 pea puffers the pea puffers are eating beef hart . But the. Puffer is just not eating anything like beef hart, live worms and gost shrimp.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Hey Max, if your South American puffer is new to the tank, it may just be getting its bearings, so I'd be patient. You could also try offering brine shrimp, as shrimps help mimic their natural diet.  However if you've had it for a long time, check its teeth. Their teeth constantly grow, so puffers need crunchy foods like snails in their diet to wear the them down. If the teeth get too long puffers will refuse to eat, and so the teeth must be trimmed.
  • AmazonFisher - 2014-02-09
    Well I have not had any luck with finding them in the usual stores but if you call the store and request one you can order one. I have also had luck with On-line shopping. I use the website AquariumFish.net But be warned do not get the 80 dollar puffer because you will not be able to care for it if it's your first puffer. I recommend the dwarf puffer for it is truly a Freshwater fish. I Am Looking for the Brazilian Puffer, also known as the Amazon Puffer. If you could help me with how to keep a puffer please help me out (FRESHWATER).
  • Kate - 2014-07-08
    Hey, email me if still looking, I'm in canada and have a box of 40 amazon puffers expected July 15 :) can also help with care if confused by all the various instructions. We also have Peruvian amazon leaf fish coming, the perfect tank mate for puffers! Klexington@llirik.com
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Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
I have a puffer! His name is Larry and he's a green spot puffer. My mom thought he was a dwarf because we bought him last year and he's barely grown. But I can tell that he's a green spot for he has spots.
Anyways, I am an expert on taking care of green spot puffers, so if you need answered questions, just leave a reply for this and I'll get to you as soon as I can!

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  • Clara - 2010-02-22
    I recently got one for my birthday. My friend had also bought tropical fish food and it didn't seem to eat it. I just bought some live brine fish to feed it. But I don't know how much to feed it and what else specifically I should feed it. If you could help it would be much appreciated!
  • Deanna - 2010-02-27
    Hi! I recently bought an adorable puffer, about 3-4 days ago, and he won't seem to eat. I tried flakes of various sorts and freeze-dried blood worms and such. I bought a few snails today, I'm not sure what kind but they have round shells, and the one that fell right in front of him he ate right away in like one bite. I have a few other snails and a ghost shrimp with him in the tank but he seems to ignore them. Is it healthy for him to only eat one snail? And will he find the other snails because they look like the gravel or ever eat the shrimp? His belly is turning slightly gray too. If you have any ideas, it would be much appreciated as I'm attached to him already and don't want to lose him.
  • Aarin - 2010-03-03
    Just got 3 new puffers. I am totally in love with the little creatures. I have always had fish, and have been known for having a well kept tank. My 5yr old carnival gold fish just died and I decided to finally get those puffers I always wanted. Unfortunatly I didn't read up on them until I bought them..and I have them in a 5gallon tank. They were doing great for the first month, then a week ago I noticed their tail fins were closed all the time except for one of the fish, so I did a 25% water change. They went back to normal. Tonight I came home and turned on the lights and they were sleeping on the bottom of the tank, they seemed to wake up and their tail fins were all closed again. Do you think it is just the water quality? More salt? I just don't know. I plan on getting a larger tank, but it will be 2 months before I can do so...any info?
  • amber - 2010-03-07
    Hey I just bought a green spotted puffer (I think.) I read on here that it is important to know which one you buy but the green spotted/ green/ freshwater all look alike. I do think hes the green spotted though. When I bought him, he was labeled as spotted. When should I acclimate him to salt water? I just bought him today so im not sure how long he should be in fresh. Thanks
  • Stephen - 2010-03-07
    Hi my name is Stephen. Ok you see I have two spotted puffer fish and I was wondering what types of fish that I can mix them with. Oh and I have one more question how do u know if their boy or girl?
  • jackie - 2010-03-08
    I recently bought 2 puffers a month ago and went last week to buy some snails. The workers at Petco had one that they wanted to get rid of because it had a crooked spine, so I took him. Now i have 3. they are doing great and eat from my hand.
  • Josh - 2010-03-13
    what is the best algae eater to put in a 5gallon tank with my green spotted puffer, I had a pleco but zeppelin (my puffer) ate his fins and sadly he passed away. My mother tould me to get another but that is not the wisest thing to do. I would like to know what algae eater I should put in the tank with him.
  • samuel - 2010-03-19
    Hey how's it goen buddy. So what exactly do you feed your puffer and where do you buy its food? thanks for your time
  • April - 2010-03-28
    I am preparing to build a new fish community. Currently, my only experience is w/ cichlids (White & Black Convicts, Jack Dempsey, Blood Red Parrot) so this will be very different. I have a 26 gallon aquarium, which is completely empty right now. I wanted to begin my community with a Spotted Green Puffer. However, a woman @ the pet store told me that they are very aggressive, and it's best not to include the Puffer in a community. Any advice? I really want the Spotted Green Puffer...they're so cute! But I also want a community. I would appreciate any help you can offer.
  • Marc - 2010-04-04
    Question, Can A Geen Spotted Puffer Survive in a freshwater tank without salt? Interested in getting a couple but don't have a brackish tank.
  • sean davis - 2010-04-05
    Hi, my name is sean. I've had my green spotted puffer for about a year now, and haven't seen him inflate once, have you any idea why.
  • John Green - 2010-04-05
    How long is your puffer he might be a pea puffer.
  • Matt - 2010-04-07
    Is it alright for my green spotted puffer to be in freshwater? It is very active and about an inch long. And I was wondering if I should put him in my 55 gallon tank with 4 three inch long cichlids. One of my cichlids ate my smallest cichlid so I am a little worried. Thank You.
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  • Marion - 2014-07-06
    Hi I have 2 baby gsp and I've noticed that they do sleep a lot but if I do come to the tank they will come straight is that normal?
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Megan - 2014-07-04
I have 2 green spotted puffer fish. One has always been smaller/ skinnier than the other. I fed them last night and the big one bit the little one. I didn't even see it happen because I was still dumping some blood worms in the tank and then looked down and saw a chunk of skin hanging off of his belly. Now that he has been grazing on the bottom of the tank - belly is gray in color of course - some blood worms are stuck in the wound! I don't know what to do! Do I catch him in a net and try to wipe the blood worms out of the wound with a q-tip or something?? Or will they fall out eventually? I feel so bad for him! I know these puffers should not even be sharing a tank but I rescued them from a friend and they have been fine for the 3 years I've had them. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Keep the tank water clean with regular water changes, and as an added measure put in some Melafix (a tea oil treatment that will aid healing and in preventing infection).

    You can treat the wound, not only to clean it but also to avoid bacterial or fungal infection from taking hold. Do this by netting the puffer and placing it on a towel or some paper towels. Take a cotton swab and wipe off the worms and debris. Then take another clean cotton swab, dip it in iodine, and dab the entire wound. Lastly put neosporin on the wound and then gently reintroduce the fish back into his tank.
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joe - 2014-06-22
Hi Guys I've got a fahaka puffer myself and yes he is the coolest and I have him in a comunity tank he's in a 110 gallon since I've gotten hum @3'orso and now seven months later he's around 8' I've only lost two garumies and he will only eat raw shrimp&crayfish, but what I'd like to k.ow is when should I begin to transition him over brackish water do to all of my research I've found that the fahaka will start to migrate towards brackish then saltwater in the wild with age if anyone could answer this please lmk.thanks joe

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    In nature these fish will inhabit both freshwater and brackish waters of the river systems, but they tend to do best in freshwater in the home aquarium. There is no need to add salt, and if you do, keep it to a minimum. See the  'Aquarium Setup' section above for more info on their tank requirements.
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