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noah - 2008-10-18
I bought a porcupine puffer one day ago. I tried feeding him krilland formula 2, he justs ignores the food. Should I try feeding him by hand or another way.

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Matt - 2008-05-26
Doug was a part of the family for four years. Just wanted to give you heads up as one other person did below. Doug's diet included only frozen shrimp and brine shrimp cubes and beefheart. The guys at my local trusted aquarium were always on me to feed him the frozen Krill. Finally thought I'd give it a try. Big mistake! I thawed 4 Krill and dropped them in Doug's tank. He ate them with the quickness as usual. Then went and layed in the sand like he does when he has finished eating. The problem is he never came back up. He was dead within 12 hours. The only thing that changed was that he ate some Krill. He lived 4 years without them. Bottom line, Puffers can do fine without Krill, and I would advise everyone not to try it! Just thought this could save your puffer!

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Matt - 2008-02-08
Doug is my 3 year old Porcupine Puffer. He loves to be hand fed frozen shrimp. I would advise anyone to get one. He's a little messy and he ate my 9" Banded Snake Eel right in front of me. Overall a great fish! Lives with Naso and blue tang and butterfly and two maroon clowns.

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crystal - 2007-11-14
Anyone with Puffers, do not only feed them freeze dried krill, it can kill them. I know, my last puffer died due to malnutrition. Check out the forum on Marine Depot for more information. Best of luck with your wet pet.

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Art Wallrath - 2007-06-28
I purchased a porcupine puffer about three weeks ago. He lives in a 75 gallon aquarium with a Niger Blue Trigger, a Dog Faced Puffer, and a Voltan Lionfish. Spike, as I call him, was very nervous (stressed)when he first arrived, but that only lasted for about a day. Spike is truly the most interactive fish I have ever owned! He eats freeze-dried krill (The large size) as fast as I can put them into the tank. He takes the shrimp right from my fingers. I try to be careful not to get bitten!! I have found that I have to watch the amount of food I give him because he will gorge himself!! He gets along fine with all his tankmates. All four of the fish in the tank are about three to four inches long.
I have been told not to try to raise corals in the same tank as puffers and triggers as these fish like to eat the corals! Lava rock and live reef rock provide plenty of hiding places for the fish.

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cory - 2007-06-26
I have had a porcupine puffer for more than 3 years and he's about 7.5 inches long. He is the friendliest fish that i have ever owned and would recommend one to anyone wanting a friendly fish, though maintaince is required quite often.

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jay - 2007-06-14
You guys may be amazed to find out that I keep my yellow boxfish in a 200 gallon tank with the following:
dogface puffer, porcupine puffer, 2 clownfish, 1 tomato clown, 1 greenbird wrasse, 1 clown tang, 1 naso tang, 1 blue tang, 1 blue trigger, 1 emperor angel, &
1 Pinnatus batfish! All live peacefully & have found their territories within the tank. I guess it really shows that each tank/fish will be different. I've read so many articles against putting all my fish together but did so carefully & all is well. The boxfish in particular is fantastic & learns tricks very quickly. My batfish, contrary to so many articles is not timid at all & in fact eats quite a lot & interacts aggresively with the other fish.

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Amy Baker - 2007-04-22
I recently got a dogface puffer and she is a sweetheart. We have her in a 75 gallon tank with live rock and several other fish and she does not bother any of them. She is very social and loves to be rubbed under her chin. She will swim up to the surface and turn on her side like she is telling us to pet her.

Amy 4/22/07

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Gary - 2007-01-11
i have a 12 inch porcupine in a 120 gallon tank. he is the most adorable. pet he swims to the top of the tank and wags his tail frantically out of the water to greet me, and wants feeding.

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Anonymous - 2006-08-27
I am really sorry for people who face some problems with it but mine is quiet and solitary. It likes to remain in the corner of the tank and never troubles any other fish. It doent puffs up alot because it doesnt have any trouble with other fishes. My fish is kind of timid and doesnt eat when other fishes are eating. You can try to drop food at different places so that it gets some. You can also feed it during night and it loves to have all the food to himself.

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