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dana - 2007-05-21
I've had my puffer along with three other fish for a little over a year, and they are all doing great! I found something funny that was kinda weird is that my puffer loves having her picture taken. I was playing around with a digital camera one day and she started getting really excited in her tank so i walked over there and took a picture of her, and she loved it. She is the only fish that responds to this in the tank, and will follow me from one side to the other following the camera. I definitely recommend a puffer they are so friendly and sweet, a great addition to any tank. I have never had a problem with her and the other fish, I have a snowflake eel, a lyretail wrasse, and a maroon clown.

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  • jada - 2010-04-06
    Wow we saw one in myrtle beach @ original Benjamin's it was so weird we didn't know what it was. It had teeth and looked like a dog. So when we came home I looked on the computer and saw what you posted.

    Does your dog-faced puffer have teeth?
  • Megan - 2012-12-26
    puffers, being predatory animals, tend to watch what is going on around them. they are very smart fish. my jeff (yellow belly dog face puffer) gets all excited when he sees me going to the freezer for his food.
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Kris. - 2004-06-11
I just fell in love with my guy at the pet store yesterday!!! He kept swimming to the side of his tank and practically demanding attention. Plus when I first walked up his stripes were really light and the more I spoke to him the darker his coloring. Today I went back and he acted as if he recognized me. I could not go home without him and he ate a ton of snails and promptly took a nap. BRAT.

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lakeyn - 2012-09-17
I believe it mostly boils down to the specific fish & tank size. My Toby Puffer has been in a 110gal with my dwarf lionfish & blue damsel for a few years. NONE of the fish nip or have any other issues with one another. The smaller the tank, the more territorial fish are going to be, period. The order they are put into the tank can make a difference too. My damsel should be eaten by my lion, but because he was there first she yields to him & his territory. I love these little puffers, they are full of personality, but be careful - mine likes to jump out of the tank any chance he gets.

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Joe surf - 2012-03-18
I have a porcupine puffer his name is Spike. I love it they are fun and very social I feed mine krill and garlic. It helps build their immune system to help them from getting ick and keeps them healthy. It has eaten one of my blue led crabs they are cheap and it helps with their teeth. I enjoy that mine gets along with everything in my tank and only eats a crab every once in a while great fish. It is like a puppy for the tank

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SpikesRules - 2010-08-26
We have a new porcupine-puffer, Mr. Spikey, and we are wondering how much he should be fed? It seems he will eat and eta, but since he is such a messy eater, I'm worried about our tank - although five days in, all the levels are okay. We have Krill, Bloodfish and Flakes (for the Damsels-2). He will eat the Krill and the Flake, not such a fan of Bloodfish! So, how much Krill should he get? Thanks!!

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-27
    In general, you should feed him about as much as he can eat in 5 minutes once or twice per day. It is pretty easy to overfeed, especially in marine aquariums and with fish that love to eat all you can give them! Feeding more often usually entails more frequent water changes which is fine if you don't mind doing it. It sounds like you have a great fish... enjoy!
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Brendan Cox - 2012-02-19
I just bought a yellow bellied dog faced puffer. It is very active at night, but during the day it just lays under a rock until feeding time. It has a healthy appetite. Is this normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-20
    Very normal Brendan! They can be a bit shy when intoduced into a new tank. I use to hand feed mine krill with tongs to get them comfortable. Once comfortable they have amazing clownish personalities.
  • tom - 2012-08-16
    yes it is normal
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Julie Skillman - 2012-07-02
I need help with my Dog face puffer! His mouth is open and he is showing his teeth and has a black swollen tongue? Could he have gotten bit in the mouth by one of my other fish? Or could it be his teeth are too long?

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  • tom - 2012-08-16
    His teeth are to long give him a clam or two
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Mika - 2005-07-20
I have a blue-lined toby, and although he is personable and rather easy to keep, he does take nips out of the other fishes fins. My poor sailfin tang looks scalloped now!

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  • Bill - 2012-07-24
    I had a bigger Maroon clown that used to always have bits of her fin bitten off and you'd always see her chasing the puffer and anything else away from her anemones. The poor fish had a pretty hard life and died early for other reasons. One bad winter the water temperature got pretty low and every fish died in the tank but the Maroon clown and her little partner. Then we restocked the tank and it happened a couple of weeks later and her partner died. She probably died a year or two after that. Oh yeah, puffers are infamous for nipping.
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Rajee - 2010-03-10
My Boxfish is attacking the goldfish wings. How to avoid it.

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  • Jim Jones - 2010-03-18
    ??? Goldfish Wings?? If you mean a freshwater goldfish then you are mistaken on your Boxfish, and Boxfish are exclusivley saltwater. You might be talking about a freshwater puffer, and unfortunatley, dangling things will always be picked at (had a saltwater puffer "eat" the stingers of a lionfish and died... he couldnt resist.
  • roywilson - 2012-07-11
    Maybe you need feed small crab's 'earthworm's or? maybe because the goldfish is small. In fact boxfish are predator. They eat smaller fish when it's angry. You should get a female boxfish or? get some more fish. I suggiest get other pufer fish
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-12
    Try re-arranging the tank and make the Boxfish focus on looking for a new territory.
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Dj Orion - 2007-08-27
I just got a yellow spotted boxfish the other day and added it to my tank. The tank is occupied with a long horned cowfish, porcupine puffer, dogface puffer, queen angel and blue spotted puffer. Once the boxfish entered the tank, the dogface immediately attacked it. This dogface has never attacked anything before, so I am doubting their compatibility. I quickly removed the dogface from the tank, and placd him on a frying pan. (just kidding) But I would be extra careful on what fish to keep with this one.

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