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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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Shannyn - 2008-06-02
I've had an amazon puffer for about two months now. Theodore - the puffer - is the greediest fish in my tank. He shares his home with a blood parrot, 1 bristlenose, 1 peacock eel, 1 red forest jewel, 2 convicts, and recently 4 angel fish. He is the boss of everyone, but is not mean and does not bite anyone. He has a great personality though can appear to be a little dim witted or stupid at times, which somehow makes him even cuter :D

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Walter G. Mann - 2009-07-20
Hi, I've had my Green Spotted Puffer "Bait" for seven months now. He as well as his tank mates "Jewel" & "Poppa Bear" (FlowerHorn Cichlids- M/F), feed from my hands and there's no need for nets when transporting. They will let me grab them, pet them, chase them or they'll chase me. Bait is the smallest fish in the tank by at least 40x. A comparison would be these > oOo to that > . But he always has a full belly. I've seen him get in a mouthful of a hungry Flowerhorn and spit out just as fast! He carries his own weight and is WAY tougher than I imagined he would be. Bait is definitely my favorite fish and he plays wonderfully with me. He even plays with My very aggressive Cichlids... Have fun with yours and treat your fish well!

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  • nikki2010 - 2010-02-28
    That is so neat how the fish just eat, play, and let you transport them around like that. How do you get them like that? I have 4 GSP's and I stuck my finger in the tank today and one of them nibbled on my fingertip but I'm guessing it thought it was food. I want to learn how to feed them and play with them like that! Can you tell me how if you don't mind. I got mine from WAL-MART and I just want to adopt all of them because they are not taken care of over there but they are like 5 bucks a piece. I love mine they are so happy now that there not there anymore! They are well feed and fat, but I found out today if they are overfeed then their bellies will turn like a grayish black color and one of mine does that! He's just a butterball and won't stop eating! We can put snails in there and he will be the first one there eating just about all of them up. Its quit funny but at the same time he just eats too much. So I am going to start putting them on a feeding schedule so they don't eat to much food and like blow up lol..
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nikki2010 - 2010-02-28
I have 4 green spotted puffer fish! The first two we got we named them Chuck and Larry, then we bought two more after that and named them Tom and Jerry! I love my puffers, they have there own tank and seem to be happy. They are not so much friendly to other fish so we had to seperate them into there own tank. Chuck is the biggest one, boy oh boy is he a butterball. There really beautiful fish! I hope one day if possible we could have little baby puffer fish swimming around our tank. I recommend getting some puffers myself. I just recently found out that they are brackish water fish. We didn't know this when we bought them!! That's just a heads up, good luck with yours..

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