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Will - 2009-11-30
I am the proud owner of 5 GPS's 3 about 3"in long and two tiny (less than a 1/2") baby ones. Recently I have noticed all the eyes of the older ones are beginning to cload. I don't know why this is. I have not varied my care routine at all for 2 yrs. Does anyone know what might be the cause and what I can do to help correct this situation, because it is affecting their eating ability. Thanks, Will

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-23
    Could be cloudy eye. and it is a secondary desease but very easily sorted out with the right treatment.
  • Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
    It could be that your tank is getting really dirty, or your puffer is old and his/hers eye sight is getting bad. So try cleaning your tank and see if that helps. It should.
    ~Puffer lover~
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pebbles - 2010-02-18
I have two puffers and they were both pretty skinny and then one got really fat within a week. Its belly got big and it has grown this lump on its back(under the fish skin) and he/she likes to hang out under a rock type thing and the other sits on the outside of it just watching/guarding and I have no idea if its a female or male and if its a female if it layed eggs. How do you tell the difference between male and female?

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Brauliog - 2010-02-13
I just got a puffer yesterday for my 100 gal. pond. His name is Kermit. I bought some snails for the pond and was told he would keep the population down. Besides that, he looks really cool. I fell in love with him the minute I saw him and when I found out he eats snails I love him even more for that. One thing that worries me is that it looks like he might have the ick. I put quick cure in the pond just to be sure. I'd hate it if dies. He seems to love it in the pond. He has plenty of feeder shrimp and guppies to chase and a lily to call home.

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Hannah - 2010-02-09
I just got 2 green spotted puffers. One is slightly bigger than the other. I named the bigger one Percy, and the smaller one Nico (yeah, kind of a Percy Jackson fan.)
Nico seems to like following Percy around, I guess because since Percy is bigger, Nico must think he's the leader or something. I love them so much. Their favorite activities include swimming in and out of their plastic rock hide out thing, and chasing a laser light.

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Daleena - 2010-02-08
I just bought a green spotted puffer on saturday. For some reason I had an intention to name or call him Guppy. So of course I did, to find that (I'm age nine) I had no money to afford food for him for the few next days once I stepped out of Wal-mart. They were treating them pretty bad there. There,was three green spotted puffer fish left with three eels and a skinny, white, red-eyed, dead gold fish stuck to the filter. I studied the puffer fish. I saw one dead, another laying on a green plant with no spots, and the other one happily foaming the open area in the tank. I picked the energetic one. The worker didn't know much about puffers. He simply scooped it up with the net, brought it to the counter, wrote a bunch of numbers on it, puffed air into the bag with his mouth, tied it, and then handed it to me. He didn't tell me if it was a girl or boy (I decided it was a boy), whether I should put it in a tank or bowl, or when the bag will run out of air. I kept it for saturday, sunday, and half of monday without food. Eventually, we visited another wal-mart. Shrimp food today, he is peacefully in the tank after we removed the betta because of its actions.

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Muhd.Shahril - 2010-02-07
Hello,I am Muhd Shahril. I want to ask question about my Green Spotter Puffer Fish! Did my puffer eat spirulina flakes?Thank!

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Karen - 2010-01-24
Green Spotted Puffers need to be in a tank thats about 74-78 degrees. I think they will eat about any kind of tropical fish food. You need Aquarium salt for them based on how big the tank is too. Your puffer should be lively and playful at first and might stay close to your tank heater. Most fish float when they are sick, ate too much, or dead. If your fish is floating and it's still alive then it may be sick or you fed it too much. I suggest you only give it a teenie tiny pinch of food every other day. These do very well with others of its own type and have to have some hiding places.

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Karen age 9 - 2010-01-24
I had just bought another spotted green puffer from Walmart. The poor thing was in an empty tank with tons of food and algae in there. The tank also had another puffer with a broken right eye. The puffer I have gotten was just sitting in a corner looking dead. I do not think the workers knew how to take care of the puffers...

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LiLy Pierre - 2010-01-22
I work at Wal-Mart unfortunately. Over the years I have been asked to leave my department to get fish for customers. I can tell you horror stories. There is no training on how to handle the fish, how to keep the ph balance of the water ajusted, the spreading of fungus and salmonella...among other things.
I just recently for the first time saw green spotted puffers in a tank. I fell in love with them. The largest...it's been about 2 weeks now...is starting to act depressed and sick. He stays at the bottom of the tank. The new depart. mgr. doesn't know what she is doing. I want to buy all of them to save them. Unfortunately, I don't know anything. I am trying to learn here.
Can anyone tell me what size pump for a large aquarium and how to know what size of filter and cartridge to buy. I tried to read the boxes but couldn'nt find any helpful advice. Thanx

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Raven - 2010-01-17
Green spotted puffers aren't just fin nippers their murders! I got a brand new male and female swordtail fish cause they said that you can put them in there with mollies. Well Swords are out of the mollie family and the lady at the store said that you can put them in there with him! Well guess what happened, the spotted puffer killed my male. He took a huge bite out of the underside of him!

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