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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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Jason - 2009-08-30
I have a GSP that is cutiest thing ever and he is really nice, but the other fish are mean to him and he does not do anything back to them. He does not even puff up, but I love him. I named him Spotty and he is about 2" inches.

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Brett Lally - 2009-08-27
I have heard all of these stories about how green spotted puffers are so aggressive. I have also seen videos of the puffers biting other fish. I think it is funny that I got an extremely docile GSP. He/she sits on the top right or left of the aquarium and just sits there. It is even bullied by the cichlid of smaller size. I am thinking of getting another soon. Hopefully it will put the cichlid in its place without killing it. :)

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nacole =) - 2009-08-23
I bought my gsp about a month ago. The lady at walmart said that the cute lil guy would eat tropical fish flake food but he refuses to eat it! When I first brought him home I figured he wouldnt eat because he was still uneasy to his new home because he was acting very shy. Then my other fish had nipped fins so I figured he would start eating the flake food yet he still refused to eat it.... He eventually ate one of my goldfish and then another and now he's pulling legs off of my fiddler crab. I know to keep salty-ish water in the tank and most of the time his belly is white but I would like to know the best thing to feed him, and how I can bond with the lil guy and get him to be very friendly with me... If you have any sugestions my email is nacolerockstar93@gmail.com I'm new to having the lil puffer and I would like to do my best to keep the lil guy healthy.. His name is bofi by the way and he's probably only an 1 1/2 inches long but he has a beautiful coloration compair to the others that were at the store ^-^ help us out plz!

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Amanda - 2009-08-05
I have 3 gsp's. The 2 are doing great but one, sometime during the middle of last week, has decided to float upside down (it's not dead I sware). When I walk in the room it moves around and looks at me still floating on its back. Its belly is also significantly bigger than the other two, almost like it looks pregnant. If it is pregnant is this normal...

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Angus Burns - 2009-07-11
What a useful website this is! - I love puffers and recently purchased a GSP for my living room aquarium. Unfortunately, it was immediately aggressive towards by Congo tetras and Rams (killing one and injuring another + it also attacked one of my horse faced loaches). I moved the tetras and other rams to another tank and the GSP appears to have settled down now alongside my kribensis, golden algae eater and the horse faced loaches). Despite this, it is still my favourite fish and can't wait to get a few more!!

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kris chillinsky - 2009-07-07
Hey! David foster has the best fish aquarium I have ever seen!... and his chick makes good apple pie! ha ha random ha.. the 4th was sick! lol EDITORS NOTE: Hey, maybe David would put some pics of his aquarium in the gallery, would love to see it - and of course Dr. Jungle LOVES apple pie! :)) [See David Foster's comment below...]

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Dan - 2009-06-24
I bought 1 GSP and it seemed depressed and distant from the other fish, and they dont eat flake food. I got him blood worms and he loves it. This GSP didn't bother my other fish. I then bought another GSP and it was fine. I really liked them a lot. I then started noticing my other fish had bites out of their fins. I didn't know who was doing this. I have a 50 gallon tank with many different species of friendly fish. I then saw the newer one biting my angelfish. I put it down in my 30 gallon tank in the basement. Then the older GSP was even worse after I took the other one out. I would feed it and it would still bite my other fish up really bad. I then put that one in the 30 gallon. They are by themselves now. They are like gremlins, cute at first then they turn to terrors. I want to grow them really big then sell them.

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