Animal Stories - Spotted Green Puffer

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The Spotted Green Puffer is a very popular attraction and the most commonly available freshwater puffer fish!
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Ashley - 2010-03-08
I was just curious, I have a 55 gallon marine tank with one of these little cuties and have about 100 lbs of live rock in the tank. Every once in a while I'll catch her chewing on little pieces of the live rock and picking at my coraline algae :/ I don't mind too much, but why is the doing this? I feed her well with hikari marine A, shrimp, copepods, marine seaweed, etc. but she does it anyways. Anyone else have this happen?

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  • laura - 2010-03-10
    Not sure why this is happening, but thinking your puffer may be trying to trim its beak/teeth. Add frozen half-shelled clams, from the fish store, to your tank. Puffers like to chew on the shell with will keep its beak/teeth trimmed, thus allowing it to eat. This is a necessary to keep them alive.
Leona - 2010-03-04
I have a puffer that was nice and fat (fit). I have always fed my fish frozen food, flakes, live ghost shrimp, and small snails. The problem is that his teeth have not worn down and he has lost a lot of weight because he isn't eating well. Does anyone have any ideas on how or if this problem can be fixed?

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  • Laura - 2010-03-10
    Hi Leona,

    You need to go to the pet/fish store and purchase some frozen half shelled clams and drop one in the tank. The puffers will eat the clam and chew on the shell which will trim-down their beak/teeth. If a puffer can't trim-down it's beak it interfers with their eating and they eventually will die. Laura
nate - 2010-03-08
what do there eggs look like?

jay - 2006-09-17
my puffer fish is cute but 2 months after the purchase it started to bite the fins off our other fish. They need their own tank!!!

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  • Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
    Spotted puffers are most likely to nip off the fins of other fish. They're more comfortable when they have their own breed around with them. So you should get them a new tank.
    ~Puffer lover~
  • Karen - 2010-02-23
    They do need their own tank. They are most comfortable with their own breed. So maybe other types of fish mixed together with the green spotted puffer may not be good.
  • Ashley - 2010-03-08
    It seems a lot of people complain about these little cuties nipping fins in freshwater, yet I barely see this in saltwater tanks! My green spotted puffer named Sushi lives in a 55 gallon marine tank with 1 blue damsel, an ocellaris clownfish, and a mandarin dragonet (and a soon to add blue tang and coral beauty). She nipped at my mandarin for a while, but the mandarin eventually got sick of it and put her in her place. I think it has to do with the fact that a lot of SW fish come from the ocean where predation is always a threat, while most FW fish are tank bred not knowing much about predators, or at least that's my theory on it.
Walter G. Mann - 2009-07-20
Hi, I've had my Green Spotted Puffer "Bait" for seven months now. He as well as his tank mates "Jewel" & "Poppa Bear" (FlowerHorn Cichlids- M/F), feed from my hands and there's no need for nets when transporting. They will let me grab them, pet them, chase them or they'll chase me. Bait is the smallest fish in the tank by at least 40x. A comparison would be these > oOo to that > . But he always has a full belly. I've seen him get in a mouthful of a hungry Flowerhorn and spit out just as fast! He carries his own weight and is WAY tougher than I imagined he would be. Bait is definitely my favorite fish and he plays wonderfully with me. He even plays with My very aggressive Cichlids... Have fun with yours and treat your fish well!

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  • nikki2010 - 2010-02-28
    That is so neat how the fish just eat, play, and let you transport them around like that. How do you get them like that? I have 4 GSP's and I stuck my finger in the tank today and one of them nibbled on my fingertip but I'm guessing it thought it was food. I want to learn how to feed them and play with them like that! Can you tell me how if you don't mind. I got mine from WAL-MART and I just want to adopt all of them because they are not taken care of over there but they are like 5 bucks a piece. I love mine they are so happy now that there not there anymore! They are well feed and fat, but I found out today if they are overfeed then their bellies will turn like a grayish black color and one of mine does that! He's just a butterball and won't stop eating! We can put snails in there and he will be the first one there eating just about all of them up. Its quit funny but at the same time he just eats too much. So I am going to start putting them on a feeding schedule so they don't eat to much food and like blow up lol..
nikki2010 - 2010-02-28
I have 4 green spotted puffer fish! The first two we got we named them Chuck and Larry, then we bought two more after that and named them Tom and Jerry! I love my puffers, they have there own tank and seem to be happy. They are not so much friendly to other fish so we had to seperate them into there own tank. Chuck is the biggest one, boy oh boy is he a butterball. There really beautiful fish! I hope one day if possible we could have little baby puffer fish swimming around our tank. I recommend getting some puffers myself. I just recently found out that they are brackish water fish. We didn't know this when we bought them!! That's just a heads up, good luck with yours..

Will - 2009-11-30
I am the proud owner of 5 GPS's 3 about 3"in long and two tiny (less than a 1/2") baby ones. Recently I have noticed all the eyes of the older ones are beginning to cload. I don't know why this is. I have not varied my care routine at all for 2 yrs. Does anyone know what might be the cause and what I can do to help correct this situation, because it is affecting their eating ability. Thanks, Will

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-23
    Could be cloudy eye. and it is a secondary desease but very easily sorted out with the right treatment.
  • Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
    It could be that your tank is getting really dirty, or your puffer is old and his/hers eye sight is getting bad. So try cleaning your tank and see if that helps. It should.
    ~Puffer lover~
pebbles - 2010-02-18
I have two puffers and they were both pretty skinny and then one got really fat within a week. Its belly got big and it has grown this lump on its back(under the fish skin) and he/she likes to hang out under a rock type thing and the other sits on the outside of it just watching/guarding and I have no idea if its a female or male and if its a female if it layed eggs. How do you tell the difference between male and female?

Brauliog - 2010-02-13
I just got a puffer yesterday for my 100 gal. pond. His name is Kermit. I bought some snails for the pond and was told he would keep the population down. Besides that, he looks really cool. I fell in love with him the minute I saw him and when I found out he eats snails I love him even more for that. One thing that worries me is that it looks like he might have the ick. I put quick cure in the pond just to be sure. I'd hate it if dies. He seems to love it in the pond. He has plenty of feeder shrimp and guppies to chase and a lily to call home.

Hannah - 2010-02-09
I just got 2 green spotted puffers. One is slightly bigger than the other. I named the bigger one Percy, and the smaller one Nico (yeah, kind of a Percy Jackson fan.)
Nico seems to like following Percy around, I guess because since Percy is bigger, Nico must think he's the leader or something. I love them so much. Their favorite activities include swimming in and out of their plastic rock hide out thing, and chasing a laser light.