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This is a favorite among the puffers, probably because the Dog-faced Puffer or Black-spotted Puffer looks like such a nice guy, look at that face!
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OK, I have had my dog face puffer for a month now and like the others it would do its tricks. It was eating normal and then about a week later it stoped eating and he changed a little darker color and didn't swim. He just sat at bottom of tank. Then after a couple of days he was fine. Now he has changed a darker color than before and his eyes look gray like a blind eye. I am very worried. Do you know what this is or what I can do?
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Charlie Roche -
From what I have read, puffers do change color so that would appear to be normal. When you say his "eyes look grey" I don't know. However, click on Fish Diseases and Ttreatment and fany of the symptoms match what you see onn you Puffer. If so, the recommended treatment is listed.
Shamrock Cox -
Dog face puffers don't like change. They do change color depending on there mood. My one will pose for the camera but if you hold it over him he will turn dark grey almost black. Young dog face are very timid and will off-tern sit on the bottom normally in a corner or under a power head ,however if they are swimming with their tails bent this is a sign of stress. Hope this is of help
Wonderful fish, mine, Rover, spits for food and will eat anything that I put in the tank, unfortunately my hand included which makes cleaning difficult.
My dog faced puffer fish Puffy is a sweet fish if you put your hand in his tank he would let you touch him. PUFFY ROCKS!
Dogface puffers are carnivores.
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.
Our dogface puffer is a little devil. He spouts water when he wants to be fed and he goes in the huff when you dont. We feed him on frozen whole mussle to keep his beak down but not all the time. He has a tank mate as well, a niger trigger with whom he gets along great with even though he is a 1/3 of his size. They both sleep together side by side.
We've had our Puffer for some time now. It is not a good idea to keep them in a tank with invertebrates. Our chocolate chip starfish fell victim to our puffer within a week. Other than that, they are very personable.
I HAVE A 55 GALLON TANK. I HAVE A GREEN WOLF EEL, TANGS, A FAIRY WRASSE, A HARLAQUIN SWEETLIPS, AND A NEW DOG FACE PUFFER.
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Do you like animals? I do they are so much fun.
i have a dog face in a 46 gallon and its fine with 5 other fish
Definitely not a reef-safe fish. He will eat any and all soft corals from my experience.
This fish has a huge personality. Frequently he will swim up to the glass and "beg" for food. My dog-faced puffer will not except anything but flake food. He used to eat supermarket shrimp and that was a cheap way to feed him. Now he wants flake food only. Variety in the diet is important to prevent this from happening.
This fish should not be fed flake food as an only food. They have teeth and those teeth need to be ground down. Otherwise over time the teeth will outgrow the mouth and need to be clipped with a nail trimmer much like gerbils teeth. Not a fun task. Food for this fish to keep its teeth filed would be shelled things like shrimp. If its teeth outgrow its mouth the fish will die and starve.
This fish has not attacked any fish in my tank. These include smaller fish like a cleaner wrasse and green chromis. Actually, my tomato clowns are meaner than the puffer. The puffer is mostly a peaceful fish in my experience.
This fish is generally nocturnal. On the reef during the day, they can be found hiding under coral branches. By night they are out looking for food. Although this fish ignores this nocturnal activitity in captivity.
They do not seem to grow very fast. I have seen 1" growth after one year in my tank.
Blasting powerheads tend to push this fish around. They are poor swimmers.
I recommend a tank size of 125 gallons minimum. Due to the feeding habits of this fish, a large skimmer to remove waste is paramaount.