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Pam Boval - 2011-01-05
Oh come on people..I purchased my 1st GSP..Mr. Peabody at WalMart approx 2 years ago..he is adorable. I purchased my 2nd approx 6 mths ago from WalMart also..to give Mr. Peabody a buddy of his own species. I have a 150 gallon freshwater tank with angels, diamond tetras, red tetras, zebras, loaches..etc. It is a great community tank and so far I have never had any problems w/socialization, etc. I do remember when I brought Mr. Peabody home he had ick so I went ahead and treated my whole tank for ick..which I do whenever I add new fish just as a precautionary measure. He responded well and is growing and thriving beautifully. His new tank friend is also doing well..I HAVE NEVER FED THEM ANYTHING BESIDES WHAT I'VE ALWAYS FED MY OTHER FISH..which is shrimp pellets..which the puffers seem to like the best..they also like the freeze dried whole river shrimp, which you can purchase at most pet stores. They also consume flakes which my other fish feed on. Why do people have to make things sooo complicated? Just enjoy your tank and quit listening to all the gibberish that people constantly bombard us with. They are probably the most fun fish that are in my tank and yes...they do seem to recognize us after awhile. Mr. Peabody is happy and his "partner in crime" also seem to be happy. They propel around and makes whoever happens to see them chuckle and laugh a bit. Good Luck and believe me...you don't have to go buy special food, etc. to have a happy and healthy GSP...I learned something by reading your site though..I didn't know that WalMart couldn't treat their fish that appear to have disease..which is the case with a lot of the fish I observe in their tanks. My puffers are the only fish I have ever purchased from WM and only then because I immediately fell in love w/them when I saw them..Happy fishing.....
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Marita - 2011-02-01
I have a 10 gallon brackish tank. I purchased 2 GSPs about 2 months ago. The one died after 2 days and the other has been hanging in there. He recently has been acting lethargic and not as happy. Also right before his tail, after his gills looks "deflated". It's flat and has no real depth but only on his right side. I thought maybe he was lonely so I got another GSP to keep him company a few days ago. He seems to be doing a little better and is swimming around more. But his tail is still flat on the right side. Has anyone heard of thus? Know how to remedy it? Can point me in the direction to where I can get dome answers? Thanks!!
Irma - 2011-01-15
I recently purchased 2 spotted puffers and from what I've read on here, I now know why my tank got cloudy. I only have a 10 gallon tank. My question to anyone that knows anything about Walmart is....Why is it that Walmart keeps them in a small tank and it doesn't get cloudy? My tank was very clean for the first 24 hours. I left home and came back at the end of the day and it was cloudy? What can I do for the mean while to keep my tank from becoming cloudy while I get a bigger tank?
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Chris Buttram - 2010-11-14
1) GSP's are like people. You can live on minimal foods and WATER, but other nutrients make you healthier. As does SALT for Puffers.
2) I have a 55 gal. tank with....and don't hold your breath....6-GSP's, 4-hatchets, 8-White fin tetras, 6- Golden rasbora's, 4- Mollies(and they love the salt too), 7-fancy tail Zebra Danios, and 2 of ea.- Kissers, Dwarf flame, Golden, Opaline, Blue Gouramis. Not to forget this has been a passion, not a hobby, for 24 years. Read up everywhere on how to care for ALL fish...and don't be pissy to other posters.
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Hugo - 2010-12-22
I just bought 4 Spotted Puffers and put them. They are all by themselves without any other kinds of fish. They seem to be doing well so far but they have a few spots of black on the bottom of their bellies. Not all of them have it, I think 2 do; and they're tiny. Should I be worried? Also, I've been feeding them live bloodworms, should I be feeding them anything else just to vary their diet? They're super cute fish!
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Ashley - 2011-01-05
I think the best environment for green spotted puffers is saltwater not only because it seems better for their health, but the fact that they can and will tear your fish apart in a freshwater setup. I'll explain: Even though they can last for some time in freshwater, you'll soon notice that they become fish terrorists! All green spotted puffers are wild caught, where most fish have to fend for themselves. In your typical pet store, most freshwater fish are tank bred and have no idea what a predator is, so when the puffer with his/her extremely sharp beak shows up, they don't have a chance! I've seen many so-called "aggressive" freshwater fish have their pretty fins torn to pieces from a puffers sharp nip. Saltwater fish however, know how to defend themselves against predators and most don't put up with bad behavior. When I had my green spotted puffer (named Sushi), she tried to grab my coral beauty angelfish's fins, but the angelfish nipped back and chased her away. When she tried the same thing with my maroon clown, blue damsel, and royal gramma, they did the same thing and she knew not to even bother trying to nip them. I kept her for 8 years until she sadly passed away :( I highly recommend these cute little puffers for any brackish/saltwater tank, they act more like dogs than fish and have captivating personalities!
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joel - 2010-11-07
Do they sell green spotted puffers at walmart?
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pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
As everyone on this website knows, these puffer fish are amazing animals. They are smarter than the average fish, playful and a lot of fun to watch. However, they can be difficult to care for and need quite specific things in order to keep them healthy. This is why they should not be sold at Walmart. I have read quite a few comments/questions which say that they were misinformed while buying a GSP at their local Walmart and I can definitely relate. When I bought Muey I was told he could live in a 1 gallon freshwater tank and live off of flakes. Needless to say my puffer was floating after 2 days. Upon thorough research and many changes I now have him in a 20 gallon tank with a 1.014 salt level and I feed him brink shrimp, etc. He has grown quite a bit and every day I am so happy I figured everything out in time to save him! I have gone to my local Walmart and told them that they should not be selling these fish. My Walmart was selling GSP's that are so sick that they look black. There is one tablespoon of salt per 5 gallons of water and there are appx 10 puffers in the 5 gallon tank. I have been watching so I know they do not sell them as often as they say because the same ones have been in there for a week..and every Wednesday they get more. Finally, they will not add medicine though it is obvious all the GSP's have parasites, or ICH and they will not add more salt because all of the tank filter the same water and all of the other fish are freshwater. My Walmart has agreed to stop selling GSP's (we will see if they are telling the truth) but I know that with a little more effort we can help these little guys. If everyone would go to their Walmart I'm sure something could be done. If I could stop one from selling them think of how many puffers could be saved if all Walmarts would stop! I understand that this is a big undertaking and though my Walmart called me an "animal activist" when they thought I couldn't hear I have come to love these fish and honestly, they deserve better. PLEASE HELP :)
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Marcus - 2009-07-10
I just bought 4 of these guys. I need to get a bigger tank apparently, lol, but they seem really neat. I can't wait to get a bigger tank. Thanks for all the info! I would have never known about the teeth getting too big. But I like em, greens my color and green bay is my team. I'm gonna buy a little helment for them to swim in! BOW CHICKA YEA! Thanks
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Hopefull - 2010-10-21
We just purchased 2 GSP this evening at a Walmart in NHR TX. There was no information about the fish and they were located in what was previously a Plecostomus tank. When it was time to purchase the fish I asked what they were all she had was a name and a sku on the wall where they bag the fish. The employee was unaware of what type of water they were in or what they required for food, although she mentioned several times that the fish would not eat. It amazes me that they would sell something without providing at least general information. Yes I agree that you should research before purchasing any type of pet, but the majority of people buying fish at Walmart are not advanced fish keepers and if they buy a fish it is likely a first time purchase with a brand new tank. Obviously several hobbyist buy fish there but you can not call the uninformed ignorant for lack of knowledge on the fish when the employees don't even know. The Pet-co store in this area will not sell them because it is difficult to keep the employees (teenagers) from misinforming the customers of the tank and feeding requirements. I am one of those ignorant people, I assumed that they were a brackish fish because they were in a tropical area, but I only knew that because we had previously purchased mollies. As soon as we got home I searched to find out what they needed for food, and then flew into a panic at learning what they required and what would happen to the others left behind... how sad and depressing. We also discovered that we will have to purchase snails from a small specialty fish shop because our local big pet stores do not carry them. We are still at a total loss on what to do but I think we have enough to make it though the night. We went to buy Mollies or Platies and they were out...the GSP's are very cute and curious fish and my daughter loved them and who at Walmart doesn't buy things on an impulse. We are excited but very stressed about the purchase, something I thought would be a rather easy and affordable pet to care for is going to be much more than we had planned on, hopefully we can keep the little guys alive. For reasons like this I do not believe that Walmart should sell this type of fish. We will definitely be contacting a district manager about the situation! Thankfully this is the only store left in the North TX area that still sells fish.
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