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"My 2 1/2" green spotted puffer Sushi (full marine) has this really weird habit of shying away from hands. Doesn't matter who it is, she just hates hands! lol anyone else see this? It's a rather odd, yet cute habit when she tucks in her little tail! And for some saying their puffers nipped their freshwater fish's fins, I think I have the theory as to why: Freshwater fish are tank bred and raised, meaning most have no idea as to what a predator is. When a predatory fish (gsp) comes into the mix, most don't know how to defend themselves except to try and hide or bolt away, Meaning the puffer can and will catch and/or nip fins. Most marine fish are wild caught or tank raised for a while after being caught. They know what predators are and had to live with, learn to escape, and defend themselves since birth. When I added a Heniochus Butterflyfish (a VERY peaceful species) after having Sushi in the tank for about a year, she tried to nip at the long streamer that's his dorsal fin, but he wouldn't allow it and gave her a "dominance push" backwards showing that's not okay. It was rather cool to watch and she hasn't bugged my heniochus, or any of my fish for that matter. I think that saltwater fish know how to defend themselves better than freshwater fish do, hence they're less likely to get nipped or caught as puffer food."

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