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The Amazon Puffer, with its bright colors and a beautiful pattern, is one of the most sought after members of the puffer fish family!
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I have a 10 gallon tank along with 5 goldfish, I've got hiding spots and decor and fake plants. I was at Walmart and saw the litter spotted green puffer. The lady in the fish department gave me very little info on him. She said he eats just flakes, and use the aquarium salt. I bought him and the Jungle aquarium salt. Thankfully I still have a can of blood worms to hold him over besides the flakes until I go buy some other foods/snails for him. Little did I know what I was getting into. What kind of snails would I buy to feed him? I'm going to go buy some real plants for him to nibble on too. Do you think my little guy will survive in my tank?
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Editor's Note -
Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis) from Walmart are typically brackish water and will not survive, sadly in your tank. Puffers are referred to as 'aqua dogs' due to their personality, and the fact that they chew on whatever they can. Keep your wires out of reach. They will grow up to 5' and they are semi-aggressive. They really need their own tank and brackish water is not too hard to keep, sort of between salt and fresh. As little juveniles, like many fish, they are found in fresh water, then migrate to estuaries, or brackish water. If it is still young enough to deal with the fresh water, it will go after your goldfish.
I would suggest buying another tank for your puffer if you are in love with it, and look up a little more information and your puffer will reward you with years of companionship. They do need to be entertained too! If you don't want to do all of this, then I would say to return the puffer to the store.
If you want a TRUE FRESHWATER puffer, they are out there, just do the research before buying, and even then, do not put in with goldfish. Hope that helps and have fun with your spotted aqua dog!
They are not gold fish but *GLOfish* their little neon tetra sort of fish and I've been keeping a eye on them and they seem to be getting along. I do plan on getting him a 20gal tank tomorrow just for him. He is quite adorable and I do want to keep him, Hoping he lives and heals because his fins are severely chewed up. I read they are omnivorious and need alot of meat like live crustaceans and freezed bloodworms or shrimp and snails to keep there teeth in check. He's only a inch big right now, would anyone recommend what to feed him till he gets bigger?
Mary, those glow fish will be a meal soon. The amazon puffer is a brackish water fish when young then requires full marine conditions when fully grown. Despite what you read online most puffers are salt water fish. In the long run your glow fish will be eaten or killed and the puffer will die from living in the wrong environment. This is what happens when you buy fish from the know nothings at walmart.
Scott Emberly -
Hey I just did a bit of homework after purchasing probably the same freshwater puffer. I already have salt as well as brakish water but they need snails clams and other hard shelled live food to trim there teeth or they will grow to long to eat an die or if you are brave enough you might have to trim the teeth they also like brine shrimp as a treat as well as frozen blood worms
Please help I just got 2.
I am looking for somewhere to get a hold of more of these puffer fish. We originally had 3, but lost two. We absolutely love them, but have had no success in being able to replace them. Does anybody know where (in Canada) I can get more of these wonderful fish?
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I've seen them at Big Al's in Edmonton Alberta just the other week.
steve m -
You can find them at Big Al's fish shop in Hamilton Ontario if this is in your area, maybe they can ship!
I got mine at Pisces Pet Emporium in Calgary.
Big Al's Aquarium Services in London Ontario has about 7 of them right now. Ask for 'Tony' the week-day fish guy. He is really great! :) I just got one. Absolutely adorable!
Max miller -
I need help fast ! My South American puffer is not eating anything he is in a 50 gallon with. Just 10 pea puffers the pea puffers are eating beef hart . But the. Puffer is just not eating anything like beef hart, live worms and gost shrimp.
Clarice Brough -
Hey Max, if your South American puffer is new to the tank, it may just be getting its bearings, so I'd be patient. You could also try offering brine shrimp, as shrimps help mimic their natural diet. However if you've had it for a long time, check its teeth. Their teeth constantly grow, so puffers need crunchy foods like snails in their diet to wear the them down. If the teeth get too long puffers will refuse to eat, and so the teeth must be trimmed.
Well I have not had any luck with finding them in the usual stores but if you call the store and request one you can order one. I have also had luck with On-line shopping. I use the website AquariumFish.net But be warned do not get the 80 dollar puffer because you will not be able to care for it if it's your first puffer. I recommend the dwarf puffer for it is truly a Freshwater fish. I Am Looking for the Brazilian Puffer, also known as the Amazon Puffer. If you could help me with how to keep a puffer please help me out (FRESHWATER).
I work for a pet retailer and my primary interest is in aquatics. I've been devouring as much info as possible for two years and put my best foot forward Into my 3 freshwater tanks. About 9 months ago I bought an amazon puffer. The retailer did not know much about this fish, and the poor fellow likely was hungry and uncomfortable for a month of so when he came home with me. I try hard to be diligent and study each fish and its needs. I soon realized the dire importance of snails and other foods that would help keep 'puff daddy's' teeth filed down. He did his share of glass surfing and seemed neurotic for a good while. This fish became my baby; I knew he has special needs and I felt this charming little fellow deserved my utmost attention. I painstakingly stuck pond snails to the sides of my tank, shooing away any competitors so that puffy would have them. His main diet consisted of bloodworms and pond snails. and occasional daphnia. But now, contrary to all I have read, he readily accepts not only sero-nip tablets, but regular flake food! I'm so glad I challenged all the Info that lists puffers as taboo. Certainly one must know what they are getting into, but this little puffer had captured my heart and seems to be thriving better each day in a mere 20 gallon community tank.
What do brackish and hardness mean ?
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Also can they make it in a group of 2
Jeremy Roche -
Brackish means their is salt added, just need to know what salinity they are use too. Hardiness is is how easily these fish are to care for and their ability to live a long life in captivity.
Clarice Brough -
Water that is brackish has some salt, but not as much as you would find in the ocean (that would be saltwater). It is measured by the 'specifig gravity' (SG) of the water, and can be measured with a hydrometer. There are some wonderful hydrometers available at pet stores that are easy to use. As you can see in the Aquarium Set-up section above, this fish the Amazon Puffer, needs a specific gravity (SG) of 1.005.
Water hardness is basically a measurement of the mineral content in the water, primarily the amount of calcium or magnesium salts. Hard water has more than soft water. Again, as you can see in the Aquarium Set-up section above, these fish have a very broad range from 5 - 25 degrees of general hardness (dGH). A medium range is about 8-12 dGH.
Regarding the keeping more than one... in the 'Social Behaviors' section above, you can see that it is suggested to keep at least 3 of them, though more would work as well.
Anybody know where i can get a south american puffer in Dallas Texas?
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.
I have two amazon puffer fish in a 90 litre tank. at the moment they are young and about max. 5cm long. i feed them on bloodworm and their teeth are growing, but when i try to feed them snails they are scared of them, or loose the small ones, and i find the snail dead and uneaten later. i think this is only because they are still babies. They get along well, although sometimes they fin nip or fight over their food. this is only very rarely and most of the time they are good friends. they rest together at night at the bottom of the tank. i worked with them for a while at a pet shop, the fish are wild as they cannot be bred in captivity and come from South American rivers such as the Napo River where they are naturally found under floating plants in little schools.
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Live in salt or freshwater:please please PLEASE REPLY?
I just got a pufferfish today so I'm not that sure how to take care of it so anyone have any pointers?:)
Freshwater. Also, please only buy fish AFTER you've researched them. You'll get stuck with a lot of things you never wanted if you don't understand them. :)
I'm a first timer, how hard are these fish to take care of and maintain in an aqurium with 1 or 2 other friendly fish?
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Charlie Roche -
Puffers are not known for their gentle temperments. They are agressive and will usually do some damage to other fish in the tank. They also release a toxin if frightened by another fish. They aren't for a novice so I would wait and gain some experience before trying this guy out.
Alex Burleson -
Puffers can be quite aggressive. They're not very difficult to care for, however they can be aggressive towards other fish in the aquarium, and they will vehemently attack snails, and other invertebrates in the aquarium such as shrimp. I would not recommend keeping them with basic community fish.
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 -
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 -
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.
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.
I have a young amazon puffer that I thought had ick. We have treated our tank now for 3 wks and he still has ick. I'm now wondering if maybe he has something else. We have used IckEase for 4 consecutive days, with a 50% water change prior to treatment and after treatment. We raised the temp to 86 degrees and turned out all the lights. We have now switched our water to brackish water..and nothing is getting rid of it. None of my other 9 fish have any spots. Does anyone know if this fish is a carrier of any other sort of illness that this might be? He is still eating his bloodworms and is active in the tank.
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We've been experiencing the exact same thing today...we're freaking out! He just all of a sudden started "playing dead" but he's clearly still alive. We have done ALL the proper maintenance as well....right down to the last detail...someone help!
Mine too! It went very quickly but has reappeared today. Neither have looked that bad. Only had him a week so will keep observing.
Ashley Kavanagh -
I don't know whether this will help at all, but quite commonly scaleless fish such as the pufferfish can get a disease called "velvet" a very harsh disease despite the name. The best treatment I find that works is the "interpet velvet and slime treatment" but be sure to halve the dose as you probably already know, they are very sensitive to treatments. You may further wish to supplement the treatment (after the velvet treatment is finished) with a fish tonic of some kind. Aquarium salt is a great addition to all aquariums. But again be very careful with dosages. It may pay to ask the store you buy the treatment from what dosage level it would be worth having in the aquarium. Hope this helps.
I have a fresh water puffer. He has lived in my tank for about 1 year. He has had ick 2 times. I used ick-ease but took out the filter in the pump. The next day did a water change but actually took out bout 60-70% of the water. He has stayed looking happy and healthy ever sense... :)