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Josh - 2010-03-13
I need help from some one, my puffer (zeppelin) killed my pleco, I have a 5 gallon tank its brakish and has alot of algae when I got my pleco he cleaned up some of it,after 4 days my pleco was dead with all of his fins chewed off? what kind of algae eater will the puffer agree with or not notice he/she is there?

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    You need a 10 gallon tank for your puffer and even larger if you are putting it with other fish.
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Kole - 2010-03-15
I have 2 green spotted puffer fish and wanting to put other fish with them. My aquarium is freshwater. What can I put with the puffer fish?

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  • Perry - 2010-03-25
    I see them all the time at the pet store with mollys, platys and swordtails. Any livebearer fish should be ok as they are usually all active, quick and most importantly they like brackish water. I have my puffer with 1 male and 1 female black swordtail, a pleco, a corycat and a female betta.... so far ever thing is working out really well. But I found a puffer who didn't seem to mind the other fish in the tank and swam with them. If you already have 2 puffers it may be harder for a new comer to be accepted in the territory. I hope this helps some.
  • maggie - 2010-03-29
    I have 2 blood parrot fish (not coloured ones) with my green spotted puffer fish and they get on great as long as you have plenty plants and caves for them they enjoy playing among them.
  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    If you get other fish make sure they are larger type fish and non-aggressive. Also..puffers are brackish water because they live in tributaries. However, as they grow they move toward the ocean. So, as your puffer gets bigger it will need marine salt. A 1.012-1.015 level is fine. If you put fish with them make sure you have hiding places.
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dani - 2010-04-05
I bought 2 pretty puffers I have them in a 5 gallon. I was wanting to know if this is ok or should I put them in a 10 gallon? And I was wanting to know how much of the sea salt I should put in a 5 and a 10 gallon. I never had puffers before and I don't want them to die I think they are really neat.

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    They need at least 20 gallons. 2 puffers should have 50. Without enough space/water and oxygen your puffers will die. Also, put at least enough salt to get to 1.012 (buy a salt reader).
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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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