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Will - 2012-08-24
Anyone knows where to buy one of these guys. I can't find one in my neighboring states. Mainly because you have to know a pet store name to find it sometimes. If anybody could direct me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

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jenny dieringer - 2012-06-04
i have 2 puffers will they do well with black mollys.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-06-24
    I have mine in a tank with 3 mollys and they do great together. The place I bought them said they are tank mates.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-15
    I have a community tank and got 2 puffers.  Just today the one puffer ate the fins off my black mama molly. I'm highly upset, and put the puffers in their own tank until I know what to do with them.
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Benny - 2010-06-25
I'm looking for freshwater puffer fish besides the small ones let me know if anyone and selling or has some they want to sell. Email me Please

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  • Reed - 2011-02-07
    I have one for sale call 338-6091.
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Che - 2010-02-09
I've had my Fahaka for about a year now, he's roughly 8" long. He lives with an Albino Blood Oscar, a Jack Dempsey, a peacock ciclid and a pleco. He eats feeder fish by the bag full, apple and assassin snails, along with some crayfish and freeze dried krill. He has a a great personality but as most of his species is super aggressive. His tank mates have been chosen carefully through much trial and error.

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  • James - 2012-03-21
    I have mine with a JD also. They actually make decent tank mates. I made sure the JD was 6 inches before I put a 3 inch FP in the tank. They also live with an 8 inch Sengal Bichir each has its own home and territory. The bichir gets bullied sometimes but mostly by the JD had a little fin nipping at first. I changed the substrate color and size in half of my tank rearranged and added some more complex swimming and hidding Decor to my tank and everyone is now happy and have been for some time now.
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Chad Wilson - 2012-06-05
How ofen do you feed one puffer?

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cali - 2011-12-25
I was going to get two green spotted puffers in a 3 gallon tank and I was wonderin if I should get them or would they fight to much when they start getting bigger!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-25
    You would need at least a 20 gallon tank for one of these fellas. It is strongly recommended that at least a 50 gallon tank for two. In a 3 gallon stunting or possibly death can/will occur. But yes, you can keep two together. Read the full Animal World article that is at the top of this page.
  • Jay - 2012-01-26
    A 3 gallon tank is good for 1 betta, or 2 small fish like tetras (it won't be 3 gallon after you add decorations, substrate, heater, etc.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-02-06
    They will die. They need at least 20 gallons each plus more room if there are any more fish with them
  • Carla King - 2012-04-17
    I am so angry with the person in the fish dept at Walmart! I bought my son a 1 gallon starter tank, and 1 green spotted puffer with the recommendation from the person. Now after reading everything about the puffer I either need to take back the fish or get a much larger aquarium. Sigh. My son already named this cute little guy too. If he is going to be too high maintenance I don't know about keeping him. With one will it really be a big hassle? Do I really need a 20 gallon for just one? Can he survive well in a 10 gal or 15 gal?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-18
    Carla. I would suggest re-homing the little guy or return it. These guys are a bit of work and not really for beginners. Unfortunately there isnt much that can survive in a 1 gallon tank.
  • kristie mckendrick - 2012-06-02
    You need to have at least 30 gallon per puffer fish. They are territorial and a 3 gallon tank would certain cause a war between them. I bet they would fight before they got bigger. I have my 1 puffer in a 60 gal. with 3 bala sharks, and 2 clown loaches, and a ghost knife fish, and pleco. And I had a blue lobster and the puffer ate my lobster (that cost me $30 bucks..my puffer fish cost me $6 ...lol ) and it rules my tank (it's the smallest fish in the tank)... they are VERY! aggressive. I feed it snails and ghost shrimp..it prefers to hunt live food...I have to change my decorations and caves and tunnels in my tank around often as it becomes very bored. It's a very active fish! So if you get this fish I would recommend a LARGE tank even when they are young.... the fish are very easy to get sick ( they have no scales to protect from disease), so much care and water checking is needed..they are brackish and can be marine acclimated as they become adults.
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shannon - 2012-05-16
We have a gsp. It's the size from the tip of your pinky to the first bend, when should we move him to a bigger tank? We have tiger barbs, tetras, pitcus catfish and 3 mollies in the tank with him? We just got him on Saturday so we are still learning what to do, we will be getting another 10 gallon tank for him to go all salt water with in the next two-three months if possible. Any help with this will be greatly apperciated. Thanks in advance.

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  • Bill - 2012-05-30
    What size is the tank that your fish are in now? With the quantity that you have sounds like you should have at least 50 gallons for all of the fish to have their own space as you may know some tetras and of course your gsp can be territorial I have a rather large setup with hospital tanks and quarantine tanks I take my aquariums very seriously and leave nothing to chance, I always say when in doubt get a bigger tank, I also have tetras mollies dwarf guaramis sword tails angel fish and my gsp in one tank and all get along rather well in a 200 gallon tank
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fernando - 2012-05-15
I bought 2 gsp from walmart and i have two clown knifes in a 75 gallon tank. Will i be able to put the puffers in the big tank with the clowns? i know the clowns are pretty aggressive

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-15
    It depends how big your clowns are. Puffers are pretty tough little guys. Sometimes you have to worry about them injuring the larger fish. Should be fine in a large tank.
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Editor's Note - 2012-03-17
I have 2 GPS I got for Valentines last year. They are doing great and have grown quite a bit. We have them in a 46 gallon brackish water set up. When is a good time to start moving them over to full salt water? The larger of the two is about 3 1/2 inches long or more.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-18
    You can do it now if you have a cycled tank. Make sure you use a slow drip system to get the puffer use to the new water before placing it into the tank.
  • misty buchannan - 2012-05-09
    My puffer fish looks like she going to die but it was playing with the other fish that I got in the tank. It goes and stays in one side. I don't know if I need a bigger tank or if it's old. I got it at a place in Waysville. I got last weekend.
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Suzieq53103 - 2012-05-04
I just bought 2 SGP, I have a 55 gallon that have cichlids in it. When I put them in the cichlids went after them which I thought might happen so I have them both in a 10 gallon now. My question is when they get bigger and can defend themselves can I put them back in with the cichlids and if so how big should they be. My cichlids are about 3 inches. And will the salt bother the cichlids? Any info would be helpful!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-05
    Once they get to the same size you may be ok. I wouldn't put them back. If the puffer fights back you may have some dead cichlids on your hands. A liitle salt is fine for most cichlids.
  • Suzieq53103 - 2012-05-05
    Thanks Jeremy. I am worried about them outgrowing the 10 gallon, do you have any idea how big they can be before I need to get a bigger tank for them? They are only about an inch now.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-05
    Sounds like you may have too many fish in there now. Time to upgrade. Find a used 55 Gallon tank also help end the fighting. These fish need their own space.
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