Animal Stories - People Talking About Puffer Fish
|Latest Animal Stories on Puffer Fish (264)|
List Animal Stories on Spotted Green Puffer
More info at Animal-World
Dan - 2009-08-25
I have had 2 GSP for about 2 weeks now. The first day I noticed they weren't eating the flakes. The second day they killed one of my black fish with the bulging eyes. I noticed they were also biting fins off of my other fantail goldfish. The 3rd day they killed my remaining black fish. I found this site and then decided to try something different. I cut a small frozen scallop into 3 pieces and tossed it in the tank. They started devouring it immediately. My other fish also liked the scallop. I like feeding them the scallops because they don't make much mess. The 5th day I tossed a nightcrawler in the tank and 2 hours later he was gone. I noticed that the bellies on both of my GSP's were bulging like they were about to bust. Now when I toss a nightcrawler in the tank, they attack it before it even hits the bottom. I am looking for a source for snails or other shellfish to keep their teeth from growing too long. They seem to have stopped biting the fins on my other fish now, as long as they aren't hungry. Does anyone know how to tell whether they are male or female?
Click For Replies (2)
Stephanie - 2010-09-16
I've notice that in the mornings when I turn my tank light on, my puffer is a darker color. This morning when I went to turn the tank light on, he was sitting against the filter sucker, and I freaked thinking he was dead. I pushed him off of it, where he sat in a plant for five minutes, then gut up and turned back to bright green. He ate just fine, when I fed frozen blood worms to the tank ten minutes later. Whats going on?
Mike - 2009-11-29
I have had two green spotted puffers for close to two years now and they are so much fun to watch. I originally started with one that I put in a 72 gal bow front aquarium with several much larger aggressive fish thinking that he should do well. The next morning I woke up to a group of large fish huddling in the corner looking much the worse for wear with my little puffer happily swimming around the rest of the tank. Instead of returning the vicious little cartoon character I set up a 29 gallon tank for him and got him a tank mate both of which get along great. I eventually bumped the tank up to brackish conditions and have since moved it up to a full marine tank, where they seem the happiest so far, and added other saltwater fish and they all get along well. I do make it a point to keep them well fed. My little Maroon clown fish even hangs out with them because no one in the tank will mess with them, not even my larger Niger Triggerfish. I'm in the process of setting up a 100 gallon saltwater tank to move them all to.
Click For Replies (3)
Marie - 2010-08-08
I bought two puffer fish (green spotted) for my tank to eat all the little snails that had over-populated the tank before. I found out later how aggressive they are, and was given the advice to put them with African Cichlids, which I did. At first they worked well together, even with the larger Cichlid being the bully of the tank. Now both of them hover at the tip of the tank, with their noses in the corner. I don't know what happened! I just changed the water two days ago, and added salt (maybe I didn't add enough?) and give them a freeze-dried medley of red shrimp, krill, and mysis shrimp. I also give them bugs like roly polies (pill bugs) every couple of days for the crunchy part of their diet. But, they seem to be having a harder time lately eating- so maybe their teeth are too long? I need help!
Click For Replies (2)
Angel - 2010-08-08
I have 2 GSP that I purchased from Walmart several months ago. I have them both in a 20G tank. One of mine started losing its color and wouldn't swim as much, kind of layed around on the bottom of the tank and in the plant. The other day I found it laying on the ground, not moving at all. I was upset because I thought the poor thing had died. Then I noticed it's eyes would move side to side even though the fins weren't. Next to "her" were A LOT of eggs! Since then I notice she will stay close to them. From what I can figure, the other one must be a male. His color is the same and when she leaves the nest, he stays and guards it. It is actually pretty neat to watch them. They work together to protect the eggs. Whether or not they actually hatch is a different story, but at least they seem to be trying. I will let you know if we end up with babies. Not sure how long this process takes. Excited, none the less:)
Click For Replies (5)
jenna d - 2008-10-26
My first puffer died within 3 days. Got another within that time, but the first was dead before they got acquainted. The second is strong but I learned a lot here about water change. I am feeding flake food and have it with a bottom feeder and an algae eater. I got another puffer yesterday and she doesn't seem like she's gonna make it. The 2nd one bit me and my husband didn't believe it until he read this site. It's only a 5 gallon tank. We just want a fun aquarium and don't plan on adding any others. Suggestions.. jenna
Click For Replies (4)
nick - 2009-04-19
To the person with the comment about the belly changing to black. A friend of mine had a spotted puffer for a couple of years that would regularly change his belly from cream to black, like a chameleon they change color as they see fit(so I'm told). I just bought 2 spotted and a figure 8 today, very excited to have these little guys.
Click For Replies (4)
sabrina - 2010-08-12
I also have a couple of adorable puffers. If someone could answer me this? I would really appreciate it. How often do you feed a day, and can you overfeed?
Genna - 2010-05-19
I just bought two of these little guys at Walmart (gasp!) They're in my ten gallon tank with the fancy guppies that I've had for a while. So far they seem to be adjusting happily and have shown no aggression towards the other fish. I've wanted them for a long time and I'm anticipating they'll do well! (Regardless of people saying they'll attack all of the guppies and they'll never survive in a tank larger than 40 gallons). Just thought I'd post this...I'll update as well!
Click For Replies (7)
List Animal Stories on Amazon Puffer
More info at Animal-World
matthew - 2010-03-06
How big do Amazon puffers get?
Click For Replies (1)
Animal-World offers animal pictures, videos, and animal information on all different types of pets and animals. Included are animals that are commonly kept as pets, exotic pets and wild animals. Check us out for information, education, and fun. We strive to aid in responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the importance of preserving and honoring our world and its inhabitants. Animal-World members and contributors are from all over the world. You too are invited to be an active participant in this community. Post your own personal pet stories, contribute pictures of your pets, and join the forums for pet and animal discussions.