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Katelyn - 2010-04-22
My fish, Greg, has been just sitting on the bottom of his aquarium today and yesterday he was just floating at the top. Now, I KNOW he's not dead because he moves his fins but I just don't know why and it is really worrying me! Please help!

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    Your puffer should be in at least 10 gallons of water, with a 1.012-1.015 salt content. Also, make sure you are feeding it something substantial..I recommend brine shrimp. Puffers will usually not eat flakes and they need crustaceans to wear down their teeth.
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charlie - 2010-04-25
I have one baby green puffer in a 2 and 1/2 gallon tank .... Will He Grow? I can't afford anything much bigger but I don't want him to die.

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  • DeeDee - 2010-04-28
    I've had two puffers (one is 1-1/2inches, the other half that size) in a 3-gallon tank for 6 months and they're doing quite well with a bi-monthly 40-50% water change and the addition of a scant teaspoon of aquarium salt. I had problems with previous puffers with some type of parasite that caused their bodies to corkscrew - we could never cure it and it was quite sad to watch their demise, but these two are healthy and personable. Good luck.
  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    One puffer needs at least a 10 gallon tank. You can find them for about 29.00 but this is minimum. If you have 2 puffers they need at least a 20 gallon and they should have 50. While the puffer may do well short term it won't live as long.
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Lisa - 2010-04-29
I bought a SGP @ Walmart cause my daughter wanted one and I put it in my 20gal tank. I asked if it would get along with my other fish(tetras, alge eater and mollies) they said it would be fine. WRONG! I found out after it tried to eat my other fish that it was a bad idea. They are very aggressive and I had to move it. I bought it a tank mate and it was another SGP. The second one was just as aggressive as the first. The new puffer ate the first one I bought and I thought they would be fine together. Again I was wrong. Can anyone tell me what is going on with them. This is my first time with GSP and I'm having no luck. PLEASE HELP!

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    GSPs are very aggressive as you have found out. If they are with other fish the fish should be large and non-aggressive. Usually, they are fine with members of the same species so I am not sure why you had a problem unless one was much bigger than the other. Try to match them in size. Also, I have been given wrong information from Walmart as well you really need to let them know their mistakes because they are misinforming customers all over the country about these poor fish.
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Kevin - 2010-05-03
I have three spotted green puffers, and I notice that 1 in particular gets very plain looking when he's not swimming, and then when he starts swimming his spots come back and he brightens up. I also saw him curl up in a small ball and sit on the bottom for a few minutes..is this normal does anyone know? At first I thought he was sick but I wasn't sure?

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  • George - 2010-05-07
    That's completely normal, as well as the color changing... I see both behaviors while SCUBA diving all the time in all sorts of puffers.
  • Carrena H. - 2010-05-13
    Hey kevin,
    I have noticed that my Spotted green Puffer does the same exact things. One day I saw my (SGP) "Jumpy" curled up at the bottom of my tank I was sure that he had died but he didn't. I have also noticed the change in the color my other (SGP) "Munchie" has turned completely gray I'm guessing it's their way of hiding from predators.
  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    If your puffer's belly turns from white to gray or darker it usually indicates something is wrong. Make sure you have a 50 gallon tank since you have 3 puffers and the salt level should be around 1.013. Are you feeding them shrimp?
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Tina - 2010-05-13
UHH
I have a GSP named Puffy :) she is a shy, small little baby. She is in a 1 gallon and with salt in the water, 78 degrees and everything... I feed her blocks of frozen bloodworm, I cut chunks off and she stuffs herself. I fed her a small minnow once and she loved it... I tried a snail, she didnt pay any attention to it. Do I try more active hard-shelled things for my babie's beak? (I know,I know. I'm moving her to a new tank. I just wanted to make sure she didnt die.)

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    Try some live shrimp or what I do is add frozen brine shrimp but I make sure it is spread out a lot so my puffers have to actively chase it. Snails are good because like you said you have to make sure they trim their teeth.
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K.Kind - 2010-06-04
We had been keeping a spotted green puffer in a brackish tank with two mollies for the last several months with no apparent problems. When I got up this morning it had crashed. I did the bi-weekly water change two days ago. It died on my lunch hour. I feel terrible. This was my six-year-old son's long-awaited pet after he saw one at Wal-Mart and wanted it last Christmas. Before he was allowed to have one I did a bunch of research, set up a brackish tank and cycled it with the mollies for a couple of months. We got the fish from a local fish store and it was doing great. Very personable. We started it on flake food with the mollies, per the fish store recommendation, but recently started giving it a bit of freeze-dried krill every couple of days as a treat. I can't figure out why it suddenly crashed. The mollies are fine -- but they are very hardy fish, so that doesn't mean much. The puffer was active and fine until this morning. The only recent change was adding krill to the diet. Did this cause the death of our fish?

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    You shouldn't feel bad..your puffer was lucky to have an owner who cared and did research. I am not sure about how puffers do with krill but if you get another one try brine shrimp instead. Also, make sure you have at least a 10 gallon tank with a salt level of 1.012-1.015
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Michael - 2010-06-12
I've had my green puffer for about 3 weeks. It likes to eat dried baby shrimp and it gobbled up a ramshorn snail I put in the tank. I crushed it's shell a bit to convince the fish to eat it and it worked like a charm. However, there are two ghost shrimp that have been in the tank since I introduced the fish. The puffer seems to not ever bother them, in fact one of the shrimp has molted a time or two and I've even watched the shrimp climb over and pass unharmed. I thought puffers like to eat these guys!

What else can I feed the puffer?

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    Try switching to frozen brine shrimp mine loves them...idk about live shrimp.
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danielle - 2010-06-13
I recently adopted a puffer and he hasn't eaten since I got him like 3 days ago. I tried flakes and ghost shimp.. I'm starting to get worried.. also he seems to be really lazy also laying at the bottom, is this normal?

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  • Jill - 2010-06-14
    I was told they don't eat flake food and that's what I was trying to feed mine. It didn't eat for like three days, so I went and got some freeze dried blood worms by Tetra and it sucks them right down! It's fun to watch them eat! I haven't tried anything else but they say they eat the live ghost shrimp too. Good luck with yours!
  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    Do you have your puffer in a 10 gallon tank? This is a minimal size. Also, I've found that it does best at around 1.012-1.015 salt content. Finally, try switching to brine shrimp. Many puffers will not eat flakes but mine is growing and doing great with brine shrimp. They sell them frozen at Petsmart. Finally, puffers are extremely active...if it is laying at the bottom or turning dark there is something wrong.
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Anna - 2010-06-13
I also bought a GSP from Walmart. His name is Buddy and he lives happily with a kissing gourami, Bella, who I bought at the same time. He is very friendly and swims up to whoever comes to see him :) He is very fun to watch! (especially when he eats) I have noticed no fin nipping so far. I would highly recommend one of these little guys to whoever is looking to start an aquarium!

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Amy - 2010-02-20
I have been looking for some of these fish for almost a year now, I can't seam to find any to purchase. I live in Texas in the Dallas area. If someone knows of where I can get some of these fish I would be very grateful. Currently my best friend and I are both looking for some for our 55 gallon tanks. I am looking for a total of 6 puffers. Please email me or post here if you know of where I can get some of these. Thanks!! Oh, also iIdid go to a website called AquairumFish.net where they did have puffers for sale, I went to pay pal and bought the fish, only to recieve an email stating they don't have any amazon puffer fish for sale at the moment. So if you have another source, please let me know!! Thanks again!

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  • Austin - 2010-03-05
    North Dallas Aquarium had some last time I went in. You can call them and ask if they have any or can special order any.

    http://www.dallasnorthaquarium.com/index.htm
  • mark - 2010-06-07
    There is a place in austin texas called aquatech it's on burnet rd and they have what your looking for if you still need them.
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