Animal Stories - Porcupine Puffer


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   This one is doing what most Porcupine Puffer or Porcupinefish do very well, (besides eating) it is puffing up! If threatened, they will fill themselves with air or water to become about 5 times their normal size! This one did it every time we moved it.
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craig warren - 2004-07-14
Easily the best fish to keep as a pet. During feeding they will swim to you and take food from your hand. Be careful not to be bitten by this one, it has very powerful jaws. It will spit jets of water from the aquarium at you if you dont feed it quick enough. It will also come to the front of the tank and beg for food. The best fish I've ever kept. Recommended to any one who likes a fish with a good personality.

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  • Ron - 2013-02-25
    I had a 6 incher not too long ago he was a great fish. Be careful with your water changes!! The puffer i have now is a baby Its doing very well. Its okay to have your water at 80 degrees for these fish. good luck guys.
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Adam - 2010-08-02
I have a porcup[ine puffer I bought a week ago now named mugsy. I have been trying to feed him a variety of foods from clam, brine, freeze dried krill, shrimp, and mussels. I haven't seen him eat the food yet. It's gone but I believe that is from my snowflake eel coming out and taking. Any suggestions on what I should try?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-16
    Try using tong and feed him directly.  Once they start eating its hard to slow them down.
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Jerrad - 2012-09-09
I have a porcupine puffer he has been sitting at the bottom of the tank an looks like he is breathing hard and I am worried somethings wrong with him?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    First check water levels.  Is it eating and going to the bathroom normally??
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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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geoff - 2011-01-09
Need help my puffer got white spot badly treaded 3 times now still there open 2 advice please and only eat frozen prawns but is that ok?

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philip - 2003-07-31
im having trouble feeding mine. he just wont eat. what can i do? ive tried squid, shrimp, pawn, live feeders. he also only comes out at night, are they nocturnal? thanks.

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  • kirsty - 2010-11-24
    Yea they are nocturnal I read up on it.
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Kaity - 2009-03-14
I have a porcupine puffer fish named Furby and he is my favorite in the reef tank! He has beautiful iridescent eyes and ALWAYS knows when its feeding time. He has even learned to spit water at us when we don't feed him fast enough! I feed him frozen krill and haven't noticed any problem... but he's also only been with us a few months... I would definitely recommend this fish to anyone who enjoys being entertained! :D

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  • sherri - 2010-07-20
    omg, I would love to see your fish do that! hehe. It sounded entertaining already! Man, I can't wait till my husband lets me get salt watered fishes, they're way cooler than fresh water, but yet harder to care for.
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heff - 2009-09-05
I have a porcupine puffer and his name is mister puff. He's a very cool fish and always begs me for his food. The only problem is that when I'm a little late to feed him, he eats all the small fish in my tank (clownfish, damselfish, anything small etc..) So if you like small fish don't get this fish, because you will be very sad when you get home.

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Robert - 2009-07-17
I have had my porcupine puffer for 3 months now and I love this fish. They are so much fun to watch, their personalities are fun. When he is hungry he will splash and follow you in the tank till you give him what he wants. I don't see him as an aggressive fish since he is fine with our sting ray, believe it or not they swill laps together.

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