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Mike - 2009-09-08
I got 2 GSP 6 Guppies 1 spotted catfish 1 shrimp and 2 Clchlid in a 29gal tank 4 days ago I set up 6 days ago. My baby GSP went after the guppies and shrimp the fist day the next day my Clchlid were dead from stress I was told (came in from FL that day). 2 days later I picked up 1 more shrip 2 red tall sharks and 2 red tall silver dolors. My GSP were scared at first but the tank is a family now and they all get along. I did see one of my red tall sharks(looked like it was cleaning my GSP) and my GSP black spot went gray then back again afert he left. The only thing is he still looks a little grey compared to my other GSP. I added more salt in my cup in the water and he went in that and his spots got darker black. They all look happy together and they eat flake food and dried shrimp. Any help and info on what I my be doing wrong or right please email me my 1st tank on my own.

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  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Dear Mike,

    First, you are mixing fresh water fish with brackish fish. Cant do this. All your fish in your tank are freshwater, your puffer is brackish, meaning it needs to be in partly salty water. Here's what you do. seperate your fish. The puffer needs a salinity water of 1.009. You get this by adding sea salt to your tank and measuring the salt content. You can talk to someone at the fish store about what to purchase to test your water for the proper salt level. Puffers eventually kill most other types of fish as they are aggresive and I suggest you only keep puffers with puffers. You need a heater in your tank with a temperature of 78 degrees. you need to add a water conditioner to remove the chlorine from the water (As with almost all fish, you need a water conditioner and heater/filter) Feeding the puffer: feed frozen blood worms, krill, brine shrimp, shrimp and very important - feed frozen half-shelled clams. The puffers have teeth with need to be kept trimmed. They do this by nipping at the clam shells. If their teeth overgrow, they will not be able to eat. Good luck to you.
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Julie - 2009-10-16
I just got the spotteed green pufferfish the other day and now he seems to be swimmin horizontally, butt in the air, and face down.. ALL the time now and im starting to worry =[....could you tell me what could be possibly be wrong?he has one other tank mate and i plan to get more.. the other tank mate is a tettra..i had gotten 2 tetra but buy the time i got homw he had killed the other one and eaten him to shreds...hes seems lifeless but he is truly really alive....could the temp of the water be to cold?

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  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Julie -

    Puffers are brackish fish, meaning you need to add sea salt to your tank keeping the salinity at 1.009. Talk to someone at a fish store about whats going on. The temp. should be at 78 degrees approximately. Their food should be mostly frozen flood worms, krill , brine shrimp and especially frozen half-shelled clams, so the puffer can keep his teeth trimmed by chewing on the shell. If their teeth become overgrown, they can't eat and will die. Also, they are very aggresive fish and will most likely kill other types of fish. I suggest you keep only puffers in the tank. Get some good advice from someone from the fish store.
  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Julie, Your tettras are fresh water, arn't they? your puffer is brackish. The two need different water - one fresh, one salt.
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Tammy Burroughs - 2009-12-09
Hi, I have a GSP that is starting to have problems. His tail looks swollen and also looks like its rotting of at the end. Any suggestions will be truely appreciated!
Thanks

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  • yulian - 2010-02-17
    hi there i think i know i think it is tailrot improving water conditions would be great and if you have him in freshwater changing him to brackishwater would be even better i know this by experience with my green spotted puffer.
  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    hi, talk to a fish store and get some meds, be careful not to overdose your tank. Sounds like tailrot. Get some expert advice from a fish store.
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Raihannah - 2009-12-03
I just bought two really cute spotted green puffer fish...but they won't eat a thing! I tried feeding them the tropical fish flakes that they came with but they aren't even touching them. I don't know what to do! They haven't eaten in over a week basically. Is there a chance that maybe their teeth were already overgrown when I purchased them (therefore, making it impossible for them to eat)? If so, how do I clip them myself?

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  • yulian - 2010-02-17
    Try feeding him live or frozen shrimp or other sea foods if they don't eat it take them to a vetenarian don't clip their teeth yourself you should have an expert do it with you if their teeth have grown to much i know this beacuse my puffer[pikachu]didn't eat until i gave him frozen shrimp
    and please give your puffers snails about the size of their eyes to wear their teeth out.
  • Andrew - 2010-02-20
    Puffers need shrimp, bloodworms, and snails. Snails are most important because they over grow their teeth.
  • Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
    I have a extremly cute green spotted puffer. His name Larry and he loves krill. You must go and buy frozen krill, shrimp or blood worms before your puffers die of hunger! Keep all the food frozen in a freezer. Take a piece out when it's feeding time and plop it in the tank.
    Best wishes!
  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Also, go buy some frozen half-shelled clams and pop one in the tank every few days. puffers chew on the shell and keep their teeth trimmed so they are able to eat.
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Elaine - 2010-02-23
I've had a GSP for about a month and really enjoyed him until I noticed he stopped eating the krill (frozen food) and the rest of the group (3 tetras, 1 albino catfish) are eating just fine. Puffer was always waiting for me to feed him and now I see that his mouth looks different, would that be the overgrown teeth?

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  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Yes, teeth are overgrown. Feed your fish, in addition to the frozen blood worms, etc, some frozen half-shelled clams from the pet store. Puffers will chew on the shells and trim their teeth. If they can't trim their teeth, they will not be able to eat and eventually die. This will take care of the problem.
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louise - 2010-02-24
Is there anything you can use besides live snails to help with teeth?

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  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Yes, absolutely feed him frozen half-shelled clams, from the pet store. This is necessary to keep them alive. They chew on the clam shell, keeping their teeth trimmed
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Ashley - 2010-03-08
I was just curious, I have a 55 gallon marine tank with one of these little cuties and have about 100 lbs of live rock in the tank. Every once in a while I'll catch her chewing on little pieces of the live rock and picking at my coraline algae :/ I don't mind too much, but why is the doing this? I feed her well with hikari marine A, shrimp, copepods, marine seaweed, etc. but she does it anyways. Anyone else have this happen?

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  • laura - 2010-03-10
    Ashley,
    Not sure why this is happening, but thinking your puffer may be trying to trim its beak/teeth. Add frozen half-shelled clams, from the fish store, to your tank. Puffers like to chew on the shell with will keep its beak/teeth trimmed, thus allowing it to eat. This is a necessary to keep them alive.
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Leona - 2010-03-04
I have a puffer that was nice and fat (fit). I have always fed my fish frozen food, flakes, live ghost shrimp, and small snails. The problem is that his teeth have not worn down and he has lost a lot of weight because he isn't eating well. Does anyone have any ideas on how or if this problem can be fixed?

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  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Hi Leona,

    You need to go to the pet/fish store and purchase some frozen half shelled clams and drop one in the tank. The puffers will eat the clam and chew on the shell which will trim-down their beak/teeth. If a puffer can't trim-down it's beak it interfers with their eating and they eventually will die. Laura
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nate - 2010-03-08
what do there eggs look like?

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jay - 2006-09-17
my puffer fish is cute but 2 months after the purchase it started to bite the fins off our other fish. They need their own tank!!!

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  • Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
    Spotted puffers are most likely to nip off the fins of other fish. They're more comfortable when they have their own breed around with them. So you should get them a new tank.
    ~Puffer lover~
  • Karen - 2010-02-23
    They do need their own tank. They are most comfortable with their own breed. So maybe other types of fish mixed together with the green spotted puffer may not be good.
  • Ashley - 2010-03-08
    It seems a lot of people complain about these little cuties nipping fins in freshwater, yet I barely see this in saltwater tanks! My green spotted puffer named Sushi lives in a 55 gallon marine tank with 1 blue damsel, an ocellaris clownfish, and a mandarin dragonet (and a soon to add blue tang and coral beauty). She nipped at my mandarin for a while, but the mandarin eventually got sick of it and put her in her place. I think it has to do with the fact that a lot of SW fish come from the ocean where predation is always a threat, while most FW fish are tank bred not knowing much about predators, or at least that's my theory on it.
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