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sam - 2010-01-08
This is a nice site, but if you want the best info on puffers then go to www.thepufferforum.com, it has happy to help people who are highly educated and experienced with all puffers. And the information on the species requirements is very accurate. I won't mention any names or anything but I see alot of bad information being passed on around hear about puffers. Whenever you post everyone is friendly and very helpful and quick to respond. See you there. SammyDee out

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Anonymous - 2010-01-06
Brian- This is VERY important: You have to feed them snails once a week. These should be about the size of their eye. GSP have two front teeth; sort of like a beaver. The snail shells help them to keep their teeth short. If they are not fed snails, their teeth will grow so large that they will not be able to eat! This is probably what has happened to your last puffer. RIP
I cannot stand that WALMART sells these! They have no business doing so! They cannot even take care of their goldfish.
Also- Your puffers would prefer to be acclimated to brackish water, and then eventually salt water. They live much longer, happier, healthier lives.
Good luck! :)

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alina - 2009-12-31
Hi, I just bought 2 green spotted puffers from Walmart 2 days ago and they look happy. I'm feeding them freeze dried shrimp (the guy from Petsmart said to give them 2 twice a day) but one of them (his name is Butros) is eating all of them, attacking them like a great shark does seals! The smaller puffer (her name is Suly) has only nibbled here and there but for sure hasn't been able to eat a full shrimp. I even tried hand feeding her, and she ate more than usual. I also noticed that when I took the shrimp away from Butros he got mad and started nipping at Suly. What do I do?

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Justin - 2009-12-27
the girl who has the tail rotting fish u need to get a pack of Maracyn fast dissolvin powder form it is pricey but it helps really well and HOPE UR FISHY GETS BETTER

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Justin - 2009-12-27
Tail rotting fish... you need to get a pack of Maracyn fast, the dissolving powder form. It is pricey but it helps really well, and HOPE YOUR FISHY GETS BETTER.

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mel - 2009-10-16
Hi, I am writing because about 3 weeks ago I rescued 2 green spotted puffers,1 silver finned cat shark, and a clown fish from tenants who had abandoned the tank in the rental when they left. They were in a salt water tank, so I gave the live rocks and the clown fish to a worker at a local pet store by me. I then acclimated the 2 gsp's and the shark to freshwater. They are doing well. I dont really see the really aggressive behavior. They are in my tank with a the cat shark, sucker fish, an african cichlid, 1 lemon oscar and 4 parrot fish. The parrot fish and the cichlid swim right next to them and they don't do anything. I do see the tail of the shark has been torn up, but I can only assume that it happened becuase I dont know how long they were abandoned for with no food, also the tank they were in was so filthy, covered completely with algea.

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Anonymous - 2009-09-27
I got two green spotted puffers about two weeks ago. One of them is doing fine but the other one is getting me worried. Around its eye is turning red and now it's other eye is starting to do that too. If this has happened to anyone else please help.

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jay - 2009-09-15
Puffers are fun to train.

If your puffer likes to bite you, try holding baby feeder fish by their tail so that it's just barely in the water, and soon you can train them to jump up to get the food.
Soon you can add a hoop that sits right on the water and by holding the food on one side just above the water, it will 'jump' thru the hoop. If it's like mine it will clumsily 'lumber' over the hoop to get the food because a puffer will do anything for food.

Use your new flip mino HD camcorder to post HI-Def you-tube videos..

Plan a new session of "live fish training"

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Irene - 2009-09-01
I got a GSP abot two weeks ago it is SO cute. He comes to see me when I come in the room now. I got a 20gal tank off of a friend and it came with some fish, 6 neons a corycat, 6 big snails, a bumblebee goby, and a Betta. My puffer started eating the betta's tail off, so I put the betta in a 1 1/2gal tank, he is doing better. I got some free small snails from petsmart since my puffer killed the bigger ones, he just doesn't know when to stop eating! He ate soo much I thought he was going to burst.

I read a few of the other people's comments and one expecially caught my eye, I heard if the puffer puffs even a little bit out of the water, the air can be hard for it to expel and you have to burp it..holding it gently by the tail or lower body until the air bubble comes out. This doesnt always work, and the trapped air can cause it to eventually die...

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Anonymous - 2009-08-30
I got a Figure 8 Puffer fish with 2 Guppies originally. I then added 5 neons, a Small Shark and 5 Platies. I got up the other day and my puffer had 2 lumps in his belly and I had 2 neons missing. The following day I had half a neon that had been fought over by all the fish. The puffer then attacked my butterfly guppy, it then floated away and the puffer charged at it to finish it off. After I removed the guppy, the puffer then went on to attack my biggest platie, I then removed my puffer and my remaining fish are now happy again!

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