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Spotted Green Puffer
The Spotted Green Puffer is a very popular attraction and the most commonly available freshwater puffer fish!
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I just purchased my puffer yesterday. Awesome fish and he seens to be doing really well. He is just a baby right now and I have a lot of other semi aggressive fish with a lot of hiding places in my 55 gal tank. So far so good. He instantly started playing in the bubbles, very fun to watch. He hasn't shown much aggression to any of my other fish yet, maybe because he is so small. I hope it will stay that way. I just love him. after reading the story about the guy who had to trim his puffers teeth with a cutical cutter (that would be hard to do!), I will be feeding mine snails real soon! He is just the cutest little thing.
GSP are born as fry up in freshwater and move quickly into estuaries and ocean. They cannot live in freshwater and a 20 gallon tank per fish is not enough. They require atleast 30 per fish, minimum, 40-50 is best. People who keep 2 or 3 or 4 GSP in a ten gallon tank, your wasting your time. They pollute water too quick and get bigger than a 10 gallon is long back to front almost! Puffers in general require 50% weekly water changes in a tank suitable for their size, but when you put 3 GSP in a 10 gallon tank, be expecting every 6 hour water changes to keep the water clean. Now, do not get me wrong, Puffers are my forte in aquarium keeping, however if you want a good puff that won't cost you a 50 gallon tank and your bank, I would recommend Red eye puffs, Dwarf puffs or South American Puffs. If I can get this link in, this site is dedicated to puffs, and most of them have been taking care of puffs for 10-30 years.
I have a 120 Gal Cichlid tank and just added a green spotted puffer fish. He became weak after being sucked into a power head. While momentarily weakened my largest and oldest Cichlid took a small bite out of him. Ten minutes later my Cichlid was dead. Needless to say, I am not impressed with the Puffer Fish.
I have two gspufferfish that I recently purchased. I have always had bettas up until I fell in love with the two little guys at the store. Don't get me wrong, bettas are very intriguing personality oriented creatures. I actually found the bettas a rather difficult breed to take care of though. My puffers are much simpler, and their charming characteristics you can hardly compare to any other fish. They go to sleep at night. Mine curl up in little balls and hide their eyes in a dark area :)zzz and as soon as you see them in the morning they want to eat. They have a routine, it's so cute. They tend to not enjoy sudden movements or taping on the glass sides. That tends to scare the pee out of them :P Don't give a fish ever what it doesn't get in nature. Please people, the plastic plants, lets get serious here. The fish are real... do you sleep on a plastic bed? Turn off their lights at night... where does the sun shine 24 hrs? Puffers are Awesome, that's it.
I have four baby gsp's in a ten gallon tank with a couple cray fish to eat the dead remains of their food. I am extremely busy and don't find time to make it to the pet store as often as I'd like so I keep about twenty feeder guppies in their tank with them so they can eat whenever they are hungry. They don't have a problem catching them, but after the tank gets down to about ten fish they stop eating them and I am forced to feed them sinking shrimp pellets and flakes. I wonder if it is a bad idea to keep a stock of feeders in with them.
I have a puffer named Gene Kelly and he is the most active fish I have ever seen. If you have never cared for a fish before I wouldn't recommend them. Make sure to feed them hard food so you don't have to clip their teeth yourself. It's no picnic.
Horatio (Nelson) is our GSP, he is about 2 years old and is kept in solitary confinement in his own tank. He is the most fascinating fish I have ever kept. He sits at the bottom of his tank sleeping and is grey coloured until his light is turned on and he brightens up a lovely emerald green colour with a white belly. Horatio is fed daily. He is currently 2 inches long, he eats bloodworms (dried & frozen), frozen prawns, and dried turtle food along with baby snails sourced from various pet stores free for the asking! Occasionally I will drop in a dead fish from another tank which he will devour! His water is slightly brackish which he appears to thrive in. However recently my 13 year old over fed him! dropped 2 frozen mussel cubes into his tank and he ballooned in size then sat on the bottom of the tank turning black with constipation, this lasted days and I thought he was dying! A spoonful of epsom salts added to the tank seemed to help. He has perked up and looking better this last month.
Have 3 puffers in a 10 gallon aquarium on my desk at work. Fantastic fish, the BEST of all that I have kept over the years. They truly get excited when you come in the room, they are the most voracius feeders I have ever seen, unlike other fish their stomachs apparently have no limit to how much they can expand! They are very curious, swim backwards and front at all times, they turn into a little ball, it is very cute. They will take food from your hand, with a very strong bite. I hear all comments about them not eating flakes, but that is not true with mine, I have yet to find something they will not eat. I have both saltwater and freshwater aquariums, and I am keeping this one at a low salinity level. I've read that they eventually need to be in a more saline environment or they will perish, but I don't know. If anyone has that experience, let us know.
R G Navarro
I would like to suggest advice, GSP's absolutely NEED to be acclimated towards a high-end brackish salinity as they mature in order to thrive. FW will not meet their needs and will reduce their life-span considerably.
I have two gs puffers and they are fun to watch. I have african cichlids in there and a goldfish and suprisingly the only one that messes with the goldfish is the african. He's not mean. but my puffers are very social. When i go to feed them they literally jump for joy. They do need a lot of space and hiding places, and if you see them lying on the bottom of the tank they aren't dead, they are sleeping. Overall these fish are easy to care for and are amusing little things.