Animal Stories - Spotted Green Puffer

Animal-World Information about: Spotted Green Puffer

The Spotted Green Puffer is a very popular attraction and the most commonly available freshwater puffer fish!
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Daleena - 2010-02-08
I just bought a green spotted puffer on saturday. For some reason I had an intention to name or call him Guppy. So of course I did, to find that (I'm age nine) I had no money to afford food for him for the few next days once I stepped out of Wal-mart. They were treating them pretty bad there. There,was three green spotted puffer fish left with three eels and a skinny, white, red-eyed, dead gold fish stuck to the filter. I studied the puffer fish. I saw one dead, another laying on a green plant with no spots, and the other one happily foaming the open area in the tank. I picked the energetic one. The worker didn't know much about puffers. He simply scooped it up with the net, brought it to the counter, wrote a bunch of numbers on it, puffed air into the bag with his mouth, tied it, and then handed it to me. He didn't tell me if it was a girl or boy (I decided it was a boy), whether I should put it in a tank or bowl, or when the bag will run out of air. I kept it for saturday, sunday, and half of monday without food. Eventually, we visited another wal-mart. Shrimp food today, he is peacefully in the tank after we removed the betta because of its actions.

Muhd.Shahril - 2010-02-07
Hello,I am Muhd Shahril. I want to ask question about my Green Spotter Puffer Fish! Did my puffer eat spirulina flakes?Thank!

Karen - 2010-01-24
Green Spotted Puffers need to be in a tank thats about 74-78 degrees. I think they will eat about any kind of tropical fish food. You need Aquarium salt for them based on how big the tank is too. Your puffer should be lively and playful at first and might stay close to your tank heater. Most fish float when they are sick, ate too much, or dead. If your fish is floating and it's still alive then it may be sick or you fed it too much. I suggest you only give it a teenie tiny pinch of food every other day. These do very well with others of its own type and have to have some hiding places.

Karen age 9 - 2010-01-24
I had just bought another spotted green puffer from Walmart. The poor thing was in an empty tank with tons of food and algae in there. The tank also had another puffer with a broken right eye. The puffer I have gotten was just sitting in a corner looking dead. I do not think the workers knew how to take care of the puffers...

LiLy Pierre - 2010-01-22
I work at Wal-Mart unfortunately. Over the years I have been asked to leave my department to get fish for customers. I can tell you horror stories. There is no training on how to handle the fish, how to keep the ph balance of the water ajusted, the spreading of fungus and salmonella...among other things.
I just recently for the first time saw green spotted puffers in a tank. I fell in love with them. The's been about 2 weeks starting to act depressed and sick. He stays at the bottom of the tank. The new depart. mgr. doesn't know what she is doing. I want to buy all of them to save them. Unfortunately, I don't know anything. I am trying to learn here.
Can anyone tell me what size pump for a large aquarium and how to know what size of filter and cartridge to buy. I tried to read the boxes but couldn'nt find any helpful advice. Thanx

Raven - 2010-01-17
Green spotted puffers aren't just fin nippers their murders! I got a brand new male and female swordtail fish cause they said that you can put them in there with mollies. Well Swords are out of the mollie family and the lady at the store said that you can put them in there with him! Well guess what happened, the spotted puffer killed my male. He took a huge bite out of the underside of him!

sam - 2010-01-08
This is a nice site, but if you want the best info on puffers then go to, it has happy to help people who are highly educated and experienced with all puffers. And the information on the species requirements is very accurate. I won't mention any names or anything but I see alot of bad information being passed on around hear about puffers. Whenever you post everyone is friendly and very helpful and quick to respond. See you there. SammyDee out

Anonymous - 2010-01-06
Brian- This is VERY important: You have to feed them snails once a week. These should be about the size of their eye. GSP have two front teeth; sort of like a beaver. The snail shells help them to keep their teeth short. If they are not fed snails, their teeth will grow so large that they will not be able to eat! This is probably what has happened to your last puffer. RIP
I cannot stand that WALMART sells these! They have no business doing so! They cannot even take care of their goldfish.
Also- Your puffers would prefer to be acclimated to brackish water, and then eventually salt water. They live much longer, happier, healthier lives.
Good luck! :)

alina - 2009-12-31
Hi, I just bought 2 green spotted puffers from Walmart 2 days ago and they look happy. I'm feeding them freeze dried shrimp (the guy from Petsmart said to give them 2 twice a day) but one of them (his name is Butros) is eating all of them, attacking them like a great shark does seals! The smaller puffer (her name is Suly) has only nibbled here and there but for sure hasn't been able to eat a full shrimp. I even tried hand feeding her, and she ate more than usual. I also noticed that when I took the shrimp away from Butros he got mad and started nipping at Suly. What do I do?

Justin - 2009-12-27
the girl who has the tail rotting fish u need to get a pack of Maracyn fast dissolvin powder form it is pricey but it helps really well and HOPE UR FISHY GETS BETTER