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Mary - 2012-01-20
I have a 10 gallon tank along with 5 goldfish, I've got hiding spots and decor and fake plants. I was at Walmart and saw the litter spotted green puffer. The lady in the fish department gave me very little info on him. She said he eats just flakes, and use the aquarium salt. I bought him and the Jungle aquarium salt. Thankfully I still have a can of blood worms to hold him over besides the flakes until I go buy some other foods/snails for him. Little did I know what I was getting into. What kind of snails would I buy to feed him? I'm going to go buy some real plants for him to nibble on too. Do you think my little guy will survive in my tank?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis) from Walmart are typically brackish water and will not survive, sadly in your tank. Puffers are referred to as 'aqua dogs' due to their personality, and the fact that they chew on whatever they can. Keep your wires out of reach. They will grow up to 5' and they are semi-aggressive. They really need their own tank and brackish water is not too hard to keep, sort of between salt and fresh. As little juveniles, like many fish, they are found in fresh water, then migrate to estuaries, or brackish water. If it is still young enough to deal with the fresh water, it will go after your goldfish.

    I would suggest buying another tank for your puffer if you are in love with it, and look up a little more information and your puffer will reward you with years of companionship. They do need to be entertained too! If you don't want to do all of this, then I would say to return the puffer to the store.

    If you want a TRUE FRESHWATER puffer, they are out there, just do the research before buying, and even then, do not put in with goldfish. Hope that helps and have fun with your spotted aqua dog!
  • Mary - 2012-01-20
    They are not gold fish but *GLOfish* their little neon tetra sort of fish and I've been keeping a eye on them and they seem to be getting along. I do plan on getting him a 20gal tank tomorrow just for him. He is quite adorable and I do want to keep him, Hoping he lives and heals because his fins are severely chewed up. I read they are omnivorious and need alot of meat like live crustaceans and freezed bloodworms or shrimp and snails to keep there teeth in check. He's only a inch big right now, would anyone recommend what to feed him till he gets bigger?
  • Jay - 2012-01-26
    Mary, those glow fish will be a meal soon. The amazon puffer is a brackish water fish when young then requires full marine conditions when fully grown. Despite what you read online most puffers are salt water fish. In the long run your glow fish will be eaten or killed and the puffer will die from living in the wrong environment. This is what happens when you buy fish from the know nothings at walmart.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-01-31
    Hey I just did a bit of homework after purchasing probably the same freshwater puffer. I already have salt as well as brakish water but they need snails clams and other hard shelled live food to trim there teeth or they will grow to long to eat an die or if you are brave enough you might have to trim the teeth they also like brine shrimp as a treat as well as frozen blood worms
  • kyle - 2014-03-08
    Please help I just got 2.
  • RJ - 2017-07-11
    South American puffers, aka Amazon puffers, are fully FW fish. Spotted Green puffers (the common T. nigorividis) start fresh, but quickly need fairly heavy brackish conditions.
  • Zoe - 2018-08-18
    Hi. South American Puffers or Bumble Bee Puffers aren’t fully fresh water, they live in and tolerate quite well, brackish conditions up to 1.005 throughout different periods of their lives. 😊
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Mary - 2012-01-20
I have a 10 gallon tank along with 5 goldfish, I've got hiding spots and decor and fake plants. I was at Walmart and saw the litter spotted green puffer. The lady in the fish department gave me very little info on him. She said he eats just flakes, and use the aquarium salt. I bought him and the Jungle aquarium salt. Thankfully I still have a can of blood worms to hold him over besides the flakes until I go buy some other foods/snails for him. Little did I know what I was getting into. What kind of snails would I buy to feed him? I'm going to go buy some real plants for him to nibble on too. Do you think my little guy will survive in my tank?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis) from Walmart are typically brackish water and will not survive, sadly in your tank. Puffers are referred to as 'aqua dogs' due to their personality, and the fact that they chew on whatever they can. Keep your wires out of reach. They will grow up to 5' and they are semi-aggressive. They really need their own tank and brackish water is not too hard to keep, sort of between salt and fresh. As little juveniles, like many fish, they are found in fresh water, then migrate to estuaries, or brackish water. If it is still young enough to deal with the fresh water, it will go after your goldfish.

    I would suggest buying another tank for your puffer if you are in love with it, and look up a little more information and your puffer will reward you with years of companionship. They do need to be entertained too! If you don't want to do all of this, then I would say to return the puffer to the store.

    If you want a TRUE FRESHWATER puffer, they are out there, just do the research before buying, and even then, do not put in with goldfish. Hope that helps and have fun with your spotted aqua dog!
  • Mary - 2012-01-20
    They are not gold fish but *GLOfish* their little neon tetra sort of fish and I've been keeping a eye on them and they seem to be getting along. I do plan on getting him a 20gal tank tomorrow just for him. He is quite adorable and I do want to keep him, Hoping he lives and heals because his fins are severely chewed up. I read they are omnivorious and need alot of meat like live crustaceans and freezed bloodworms or shrimp and snails to keep there teeth in check. He's only a inch big right now, would anyone recommend what to feed him till he gets bigger?
  • Jay - 2012-01-26
    Mary, those glow fish will be a meal soon. The amazon puffer is a brackish water fish when young then requires full marine conditions when fully grown. Despite what you read online most puffers are salt water fish. In the long run your glow fish will be eaten or killed and the puffer will die from living in the wrong environment. This is what happens when you buy fish from the know nothings at walmart.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-01-31
    Hey I just did a bit of homework after purchasing probably the same freshwater puffer. I already have salt as well as brakish water but they need snails clams and other hard shelled live food to trim there teeth or they will grow to long to eat an die or if you are brave enough you might have to trim the teeth they also like brine shrimp as a treat as well as frozen blood worms
  • kyle - 2014-03-08
    Please help I just got 2.
  • RJ - 2017-07-11
    South American puffers, aka Amazon puffers, are fully FW fish. Spotted Green puffers (the common T. nigorividis) start fresh, but quickly need fairly heavy brackish conditions.
  • Zoe - 2018-08-18
    Hi. South American Puffers or Bumble Bee Puffers aren’t fully fresh water, they live in and tolerate quite well, brackish conditions up to 1.005 throughout different periods of their lives. 😊
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Mary - 2012-01-20
I have a 10 gallon tank along with 5 goldfish, I've got hiding spots and decor and fake plants. I was at Walmart and saw the litter spotted green puffer. The lady in the fish department gave me very little info on him. She said he eats just flakes, and use the aquarium salt. I bought him and the Jungle aquarium salt. Thankfully I still have a can of blood worms to hold him over besides the flakes until I go buy some other foods/snails for him. Little did I know what I was getting into. What kind of snails would I buy to feed him? I'm going to go buy some real plants for him to nibble on too. Do you think my little guy will survive in my tank?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-20
    Spotted Puffers (Tetraodon nigroviridis) from Walmart are typically brackish water and will not survive, sadly in your tank. Puffers are referred to as 'aqua dogs' due to their personality, and the fact that they chew on whatever they can. Keep your wires out of reach. They will grow up to 5' and they are semi-aggressive. They really need their own tank and brackish water is not too hard to keep, sort of between salt and fresh. As little juveniles, like many fish, they are found in fresh water, then migrate to estuaries, or brackish water. If it is still young enough to deal with the fresh water, it will go after your goldfish.

    I would suggest buying another tank for your puffer if you are in love with it, and look up a little more information and your puffer will reward you with years of companionship. They do need to be entertained too! If you don't want to do all of this, then I would say to return the puffer to the store.

    If you want a TRUE FRESHWATER puffer, they are out there, just do the research before buying, and even then, do not put in with goldfish. Hope that helps and have fun with your spotted aqua dog!
  • Mary - 2012-01-20
    They are not gold fish but *GLOfish* their little neon tetra sort of fish and I've been keeping a eye on them and they seem to be getting along. I do plan on getting him a 20gal tank tomorrow just for him. He is quite adorable and I do want to keep him, Hoping he lives and heals because his fins are severely chewed up. I read they are omnivorious and need alot of meat like live crustaceans and freezed bloodworms or shrimp and snails to keep there teeth in check. He's only a inch big right now, would anyone recommend what to feed him till he gets bigger?
  • Jay - 2012-01-26
    Mary, those glow fish will be a meal soon. The amazon puffer is a brackish water fish when young then requires full marine conditions when fully grown. Despite what you read online most puffers are salt water fish. In the long run your glow fish will be eaten or killed and the puffer will die from living in the wrong environment. This is what happens when you buy fish from the know nothings at walmart.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-01-31
    Hey I just did a bit of homework after purchasing probably the same freshwater puffer. I already have salt as well as brakish water but they need snails clams and other hard shelled live food to trim there teeth or they will grow to long to eat an die or if you are brave enough you might have to trim the teeth they also like brine shrimp as a treat as well as frozen blood worms
  • kyle - 2014-03-08
    Please help I just got 2.
  • RJ - 2017-07-11
    South American puffers, aka Amazon puffers, are fully FW fish. Spotted Green puffers (the common T. nigorividis) start fresh, but quickly need fairly heavy brackish conditions.
  • Zoe - 2018-08-18
    Hi. South American Puffers or Bumble Bee Puffers aren’t fully fresh water, they live in and tolerate quite well, brackish conditions up to 1.005 throughout different periods of their lives. 😊
Reply
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Briahna Resendiz - 2018-08-15
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Cindy - 2010-05-04
I just got a killi and it eats like a pig! When it gets bigger, will it eat my zebra danios? They are only and inch to inches long full grown.

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  • cindy - 2010-08-10
    Well, it's 3 mos later now and my Killi is basically full-size. He has NOT eaten the Zebra Danios. I feed him well, though, and the Zebras were pretty much full-size when I got the Killi. They are about 1 1/2 inches and the Killi now 3 1/2.
  • cushtyken - 2010-08-14
    I have 3, all about 3 inches in length, I have been trying to keep neons in my 80 gallon tank for almost 8 months without success, they just disappear? Today I watched one eating a whole neon, tonight they are flushed down the toilet! How can they be classed as a "peaceful fish" when they kill everything else ?
  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-15
    They will usually leave other species alone unless they are small enough to be considered food.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    yes you were keeping them with the fish neons. but you cindy, are also doing that but there's less of a chance.
  • batch - 2012-01-30
    Cindy, if you keep the Killis fed, they won't eat your Danios. When I've experimented with not feeding my Killis daily, they responded by eating Danios and Neon Tetras.

    Cushtyken- You are irresponsible to your fish and the humans whose water supply you are potentially contaminating by flushing fish down the toilet. Flushing your fish for being a fish? Feed you killis, LEARN about your Killis, don't flush living fish.
  • jmt - 2012-02-21
    Actually, I have a killi that killed a bushynose little cory that I had (it was about half the size of the killi). The little cory swam way too far up the tank near the killi and I don't know if the killi thought it was food or what but it attacked with lighting speed. It caught the cory by the tail since it was too large to fit in its mouth, shook it back and forth almost doglike and then released it. The little cory didn't make it. Species specific is best.
  • steban flores - 2012-11-30
    Dear Cindy small fish are food for the killifish. Put 3 blue eyed gretudes very small fish.
  • Aaron - 2014-05-14
    To the person that 'experimented with not feeding them daily' you should probably just get rid of your tank if your not going properly take care of the animals that reside in it. I have two of the common gold killies in a community tank with lots of other species. They are completely fine. I have a Cory that swims all over the place and he's never been attacked nor have any of the other smaller fish. Guess I must've gotten lucky and got two good ones 😃
  • jodi - 2016-05-29
    This is all too true. We recently added 3 Golden Killifish, from the RECOMMENDATIONS of the salesgirl at Petco, and all of our neon tetras started disappearing. With No trace. VERY UPSETTING! We couldn't figure out what was going on in our tank because we had bought some other fish at the same time. Then I started noticing how aggressive they were with food and swimming and figured it must be them eating the others. Low and behold, I finally got on the web and found these posts first click and my suspicions have been confirmed. They are going back to the Pet store to their "Donation Tank" today!! Arrrrghhhh
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April Moloney - 2018-08-05
I have a 3 1/2' Chinese Algae Eater that needs to be rehomed. He is aggressive and needs a bigger tank to be happy. He eats Algae Wafers, Frozen Daphne, Blood Worms and Brine Shrimp too. If you have a large tank with plenty of hiding places for him, you may be the home for him. Please contact me if you are interested.

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I have a golden and red spotted severum in 75 G Tank with 6 Festivum Flag cichlids. to accommodate both species i do have plants 'anchored' in the bare bottom tank: Claypots filled with soil and plants covered with stones to cover the soil and add weight. works perfectly well and all are happy. of course plenty of hiding places for the festivums, but swim around a lot

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bob - 2018-08-03
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Kasun Randika - 2017-06-27
i have a 60 galon aquarium. it has a mixture of species (oranda, red cap, calico goldfish) with a pair of shubunkin (~4 inches). i recently added a pair of black oranda gold fish but my shubunkin bit them on their sides and pectoral fins so i had to remove the black oranda. why is that???

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  • keishell - 2018-03-07
    because they hungry
  • ashish - 2018-07-24
    I had 2 Oranda red caps for more than an year when I added 2 shubunkins to them and shubunkin started chasing and biting the Orandas. I donno if that was the reason but after bringing shubunkins my grown up Orandas died within a month.
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