Animal Stories - Amazon Puffer

Animal-World Information about: Amazon Puffer

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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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.
Jenna - 2010-10-15
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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  • Angie - 2010-11-21
    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!
  • Will - 2011-02-23
    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 - 2011-04-14
    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.
  • samuel - 2011-05-26
    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... :)
javin - 2011-02-21
Live in salt water or freshwater?

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  • DarkSonny - 2011-04-06
    Read the name of the fish at the top of the page. "Freshwater" is right in its name!
matthew - 2010-03-06
How big do Amazon puffers get?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-04
    Can get up to 5 inches.
Amy - 2010-02-20
I have been looking for some of these fish for almost a year now, I can't seam to find any to purchase. I live in Texas in the Dallas area. If someone knows of where I can get some of these fish I would be very grateful. Currently my best friend and I are both looking for some for our 55 gallon tanks. I am looking for a total of 6 puffers. Please email me or post here if you know of where I can get some of these. Thanks!! Oh, also iIdid go to a website called where they did have puffers for sale, I went to pay pal and bought the fish, only to recieve an email stating they don't have any amazon puffer fish for sale at the moment. So if you have another source, please let me know!! Thanks again!

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  • Austin - 2010-03-05
    North Dallas Aquarium had some last time I went in. You can call them and ask if they have any or can special order any.
  • mark - 2010-06-07
    There is a place in austin texas called aquatech it's on burnet rd and they have what your looking for if you still need them.
Anonymous - 2010-04-16
I have (3) sets of fry's, all spotted. They get along until feeding time, colored flakes. The last set of baby's I started feeding bloodworms and shrimp with the food & they got a lot bigger than the others & they're younger.

Shannyn - 2008-06-02
I've had an amazon puffer for about two months now. Theodore - the puffer - is the greediest fish in my tank. He shares his home with a blood parrot, 1 bristlenose, 1 peacock eel, 1 red forest jewel, 2 convicts, and recently 4 angel fish. He is the boss of everyone, but is not mean and does not bite anyone. He has a great personality though can appear to be a little dim witted or stupid at times, which somehow makes him even cuter :D

crystal - 2008-04-09
SAP's are one pufferfish that no matter what you do, their teeth eventually get too long. I have fed mine snails daily since the day I got them and still every 6 months or so, I still have to trim teeth. Very personable. One of the few "schooling" puffers that enjoy being in groups of 4-7.