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steven - 2010-06-12
It is very cute. but manage to keep one in a tank. It is as described, fierce towards it owns kind, and chasing each other. Anyway, for feeding, it eats on its own food. They seldom go on top to get food, eat food on the bottom. They mostly prefer live food, baby shrimp, and snails. Gosh!, it was to clean up the snails in my tank at the first place... but all the snails were gone within a week after I got a puffer.

I might think of some other food for this tiny thing.

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  • E. Lewis - 2011-12-03
    Awesome, thank you
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john - 2011-11-18

I was wondering if it would be possible to keep 3 of these, 1 senegal bichir, and a pair of firemouth cichlids together in a 20 gallon tank? At this moment the 20 gallon is not set up and I only have the bichir.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    Animal World recommends at least a 20 gallon for the pair of firemouth cichlids so I think your stretching it by adding the third fish in just the 20 gallon.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    Got it now. 20 gallons would just be too small for 3 puffers plus the other fish. Also the puffers are carnivores and that doesn't help with the other fish. Puffers teeth actually require maintenance and that can be a pain. One other thing, if the puffer is attacked for any reason, they puff themselves up but at the same time, they also can release a toxin which can poison the attacking fish. I would go a little slower and get used to the 20 gallon and the fish you have and then after you learn more - maybe you will be able to get a larger tank. Have to do a lot of reading and learning first. You don't want to go through the cost of a tank and the work of setting it up and the cost of the fish to not have them be healthy.
  • john - 2011-11-21
    Sorry if got a little confused about '3 of these'. What I meant was three amazon puffers but you are 100% right about streching it. It's just that a 20 gallon is the biggest tank my mom will let me have so my options are limited.
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Allyson - 2011-11-06
My fish keeps going in the filter and he just lets the water pull him is he sleeping? Please comment.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-06
    Does he ever swim or eat? If he never swims, he may have died, otherwise keep an eye on him. It is not good for him to continually be pulled up into the filter - this could kill him eventually.
  • coree - 2011-11-06
    I don't know? But I have an idea try moving the filter somewhere else in the tank if he goes in there he must like that spot if not the filter was in his favorite tank area so try it.
Anonymous - 2011-10-03
I just got my adorable little gsp and I also have two other tanks. I feed all my fish twice a day 6 a.m. And 6 p.m. Now I'm wondering should I get him on the same schedule or can I feed him a bit more?? Your comments would be appreciated..

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  • Olivia nelson - 2011-10-05
    I believe a 25 gallon. I also have a few other fish in the tank which I now realise crowd my poor gsp. I think he is still happy though. I feed the other fish twice a day with flakes and give my gsp mayb 2 mini frozen bloodworms a day. Am I doing him more harm than good by that?? And also I haven't tested my heater yet I have had him also a week how often would you recomend me testing the water. I know unsound un-educated on this it's just my first gsp. I wanna do it right :)
  • jordan king - 2011-10-04
    First of all, how big is the tank in which the gsp is held. They should only be fed once every 2 days (frozen food). They won't eat all the food! They're really messy eaters. Make sure you're not adding to the ammonia and nitrates in the water as the amount of food going in can change that!
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-04
    Feeding schedules are good things to keep, however they are not essential in feeding your fish. A puffer will eat when you feed him/her given it's hungry. Feeding them twice per day, is appropriate. What are you considering/have been feeding the puffer?
  • Elaina Russell - 2011-10-18
    I feed my 2 GSPs in the am when I get up and in the eve. at dinner time. Usually a cube of frozen Carnivore I buy at the pet store. During the day sometimes I feed them about 10-15 small snails. This is a treat for them and it also keeps their teeth from getting too long! Fish Dentistry is very expensive! Good luck!
  • Fran - 2011-10-30
    Feeding your fish once per day is plenty. Twice is too much....
Jen - 2011-09-29
HELP!!! I am taking care of my sons biosphere 30 gal while he is at college. He comes home in intervals to do scheduled water changes so I don't have much experience other than feeding his cichlids and the adorable GSP. His 2nd old Puffer keeps jumping into the back of the biosphere where the pump and filters are. So far he has been unscathed however, I came home today to find him wedged by the pump and heater. After turning off the pump ,I was able to net him and get him back in the tank. To my horror ,it looks like he has a hernia by his side fin. It is not an open wound but I fear he might have suffered from excessive suction. I was pleased to find him actively swimming in normal control. He is eating normally. He just has that odd puffed out shape by his right side fin. Will it recede or is the little doomed? I am planning to get to the aquarium store in the morning to try to jury- rig a net across the back in hopes that it will prevent him from jumping into the back of the bio-sphere. Thanks in advance for whoever can offer info

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-30
    I don't know of anything you can do but unless severely injured, I would think the swealling would just go down. If a similar thing happened to a human ther would be swelling and then probably a black/blue mark but it would go back tonormal. So on a fish - I would think just need to wait and unless severely injured it would just go back to normal.
  • Elaina Russell - 2011-10-18
    You need to cover the access where he is able to jump into. asap! Next time may not be so lucky!
jason - 2011-10-08
i have about 60 cichlids from 1-6 inches in a 250 gal. tank with LOTS of lace rock...a perfect paradise for any fish. here's my question girlfriend wanted one of these green spotted puffers and well we ended up with six, lol and that's where the laughing stopped. I was told these fish were aggressive and would do fine with my cichlids. They both like salt and are mean... but when we put them in the tank they immediatley started getting picked on AND THE SMALLEST ONE GOT EATEN BY MY BIGGEST CICHLID.....and 5 min. later MY CICHLID DIED!!!!!! are these fish poisinous? Called 10 different pet stores and no one knows. Can you help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-08
    Scroll up the article to Description. You will read that the GSP can emit a toxin from it's skin in defence reaqction to agression. I am sorry ---
  • Elaina Russell - 2011-10-18
    Yes! they are poisones! Explaining why your Cichlid died. I keep my 2 puffers in a 30 gal. tank JUST the 2 of them share. Any thing else that moves in there is the crustaceans I give them to eat. Which they do very quickly!
Elaina Russell - 2011-10-18
I have 2 spotted green pufferfish Mo and Scanner. Not sure they are both Male however? These are much more interesting to have in my aquarium than the common fish types, I think!They look at me and I can most times read what they are saying! very human-like eye movements. Also, the way they move in the water is un-like average fish. Up, down all time favorite. But, Boy! are they fast when they want to be! Very fun and entertaining! Would love to know more ie: what sexes they are and breeding puffers!

Experienced Fish Owner - 2011-09-04
I am a very experienced Fish owner, Not so much with puffers though.
Can someone please tell me where to get the GSP? Please don't tell me Wal-mart because I am not buying a sick puffer.
Thanks :)

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  • Adam - 2011-09-09
    I just got one at Petland, I have gotten fish from them before with good results. I have also gone to Pet Smart...of the ones I got from there, say 10 10 15 over time...only one made it past the 2 week return cycle. I think they have them there too. You might have better luck than I did.
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-03
    I bought my awsome little guy from a pet land he is a happy little healthy guy, just watch them for about a week in the store, and see how they act you will be able to tell if they are worth it! Providing they're not sick they are so worth it! :)
  • Olivia - 2011-10-03
    To be honest I just to my gsp a few days ago but I have bought others from there before and never had a problem. Couple pleco but no sick ones or anything. And my gsp seems to be doing just fine happy and healthy :)
  • jodi - 2011-10-18
    i have bought two GSP from walmart and have yet to have any problems
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-18
    Green Spotted Puffers, can be purchased from many online retailers. Large chain pet stores such as PetSmart, and Petco are also known to carry these fish. They are not difficult fish to acquire, so you should not have a difficult time finding one.
Chicken Patti - 2011-10-06
I have had my GSP for 5+ years.She's such a fun fish. Her name is Lucy. She gets excited every time I go by her tank and I swear she wags her tail like my dog. I feed her snails ,frozen brine shrimp, and her favorite of all time is when I hand feed her crickets. I hold them by the back legs and she eats the head , then eats half the body and the last part she sucks up like it's a piece of spaghetti.Plus, get to spend quality time with her.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-06
    Puffers are enjoyable fish to have in your home! I know I had two, and I found them to be very cute!
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Fahaka Puffer Rule! - 2011-10-05
My Fahaka is still growing he is only 6 inches right now, but he is in the middle of a growth spurt. He grows an inch about every month! He gets fed shrimp, snails, worms, crabs, crabs, and more crabs. I swear every time I feed him a crab he grows the next day. Hes got a comfy 200 gallon ready for him in a couple months. I would have never known he needed all this stuff if I didn't stumble on lots of great info on puffers!

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