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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Dan - 2009-06-24
I bought 1 GSP and it seemed depressed and distant from the other fish, and they dont eat flake food. I got him blood worms and he loves it. This GSP didn't bother my other fish. I then bought another GSP and it was fine. I really liked them a lot. I then started noticing my other fish had bites out of their fins. I didn't know who was doing this. I have a 50 gallon tank with many different species of friendly fish. I then saw the newer one biting my angelfish. I put it down in my 30 gallon tank in the basement. Then the older GSP was even worse after I took the other one out. I would feed it and it would still bite my other fish up really bad. I then put that one in the 30 gallon. They are by themselves now. They are like gremlins, cute at first then they turn to terrors. I want to grow them really big then sell them.

Tevin - 2009-06-17
Hi I have had my GSPs for about a month. They started out the same size but one has grown much bigger than the other. I call them Pebbles and Bam Bam. Flake food does not appeal to them. They seem to really love ghost shrimp and what ever other fish I put in there. They have eaten my tiger barbs and I bought some feeder fish that I thought they were getting along with until they started disappearing. I have recently bought some black mollies but decided to keep them separate because when I got home from buying them they had babies. So I'm waiting for them to grow before I add them. I hear that they need snails for their teeth but I can only find medium or large snails. No one has small snails, they all say that they destroy them. Other than that I love my puffers and I'm glad I decided to get them.

patch - 2009-05-30
Our little puffer, three weeks new to us, seems to like his BW best. When first purchased, we had a mini tank, just over 1 gallon. PUFFER FISH - 101 ON THE RUN!
We put in a shot glass half full of salt. He swam over it and seemed to enjoy the salt essence rising in the water around him. fish, salt and tank purchased at WalMart.
Just two days ago I noticed a little brown/gray on his tummy. Could either be the new water in the tank, not salty enough yet or his personality. Don't have a meter yet. We will have to watch that one. Put more salt in the tank and back to white tummy a day later. His personality showing us he don't like FW and need to make SW?
He eats: (LOVES)blood worms, meal worms and shrimp (bought in the seafood department at the grocers, small, 1/2 inch, chunk cut off and hand fed.) He will jump out of water for food and seems to puff when fed the shrimp.
We have recently gotten some small snails and he has eaten them. 2 every other day.
(brown/gray = tummy ache from snails?)
I am currently into working on another tank for snails. I'm going with the fact that his teeth need to have these. Wish us luck!
I have yet to experiment with any sort of cray fish. Noone seems to have them around here.
We will get a larger tank as he grows a few more inches. He is about 2.5 - 3" currently and in a 10 gallon.
I have brine shrimp eggs yet to try for him.
I will eventually work on a FW algae eater. Slowly transition him to BW.
Our tank has three fake plants, a couple of rocks to break up his terrain. He sleeps behind one of the rocks. Little sweetie.
Seems to enjoy the lower half of the tank, but when we visit him, he's always at the top begging for a treat!
I am also looking into rumors of his spine containing poison. Like the kind that the pigmy's used to paralyze people in blow darts. But then I suppose I would have to be stung by 100's of psg's at the same time for this to happen. Seems I did read somewhere something about getting infected if poked by spine.
Looking for a hand syphon to clean the tanks stones on the bottom rather than to clean every week. Every other :0) will work for me!

Yaya - 2009-05-29
I have two GSPs and along with them I had a bala shark, six neon tetras, two algae eaters, two tiger barbs, and two glowlight tetras in a 60 gallon tank (I think). After the first night one of the tiger barbs was half eaten, then the other one. After that one of my algae eaters was killed. I figured it was the bala shark since it was the biggest one. Then the two glowlight tetras totally disappeared. Just recently I started separating them all. First, I took the bala shark and put it alone. Then I noticed that one of the GSPs was biting at the last algae eater's tail, keep in mind this algae eater is three times its size. So I separated the GSPs from them all except the neon tetras. I finally found the real culprits to all my dead pets. The smallest of the two GSPs killed one of my four tetras. So now they are all alone, I don't know how long I will want to keep them. It's hard keeping up with one tank, so three tanks is even worse....

kristen - 2009-05-27
Right now, I have one puffer and it is so adorable! I feed him/her dried shrimp and bought five ghost shrimp not long ago. Then, my puffer's belly started to turn black spotted. If your puffer is like that, don't worry! It's just unhappy. Here are some ways to keep it content:

*feed treats
*play with it
*buy another puffer [if you only have one puffer].

Diana - 2009-05-24
My husband and I have had a green puffer for about 8 months. He/she is in a tank with
two Oscars, a blue lobster and a plex. We have had no trouble with him being aggresive to me when I clean the tank, but he sure likes to nip fins. He usually likes to hide behind the plants and loves to eat dried shrimp. He is about 4 inches long and a big round belly.

Danny - 2009-05-18
Does anyone know what you can run with Green Puffs that will eat alge that they will not kill. I feed them daily the eat like crazy and seem very healthy but they kill anything that I put in there with them I have 4 Puffers in a 40 gal each are about 2 inchs. I'm down 4 Plexs of all sizes, chieense alge eaters, coy cats etc....their great little fish but have Mike Tyson's personality. Help, I'm over run with green alge.

max - 2009-05-16
I just got a pgf and I lefted it in the bath tub while I was changing the tanks water so my fishies would have clean water and when I came to get all my fishies and my frog the pgf attacked my frog for no reason. It was passing by and the fish bit one of his eyes of out. I am not sure what to do with my poor frog. I feel really bad for him and I hope that he does not die. If any one knows what I should do with my frog, let me know PLEASE!

JTC - 2009-04-27
I have 2 GSP in a 20 Gallon tank. I also have an algea eater and 3 tetras. The Tetras were the 1st in the tank (for almost 6 months). About 2 months ago I got the 2GSP, and about a month ago got the baby algea eater. I have had no problems with any of them nipping at the other fish and they all have been eating flakes until today, I bought some ghost shrimp which I feed to my Senegal bichir which is in a 20 gallon all alone and is about 3.5". So I put 4 of the ghost shrimp in the tank with the puffer and their bellies seemed to swell up and in about 20 minutes all of the shrimp were gone. I know that these fish are omnivores but I hope that I have not made them want to eat the others in the tank.

Carrie - 2009-04-11
:( I had 3 GSP with my other fish and they were nipping their fins. Not knowing what to do with them we took them out and put them with my 2 oscars (4&5 in oscars). My 5 inch oscar tried to eat the puffer, spit him out, and my oscar died with 15 mins! : ( : (