Animal Stories - Spotted Green Puffer

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The Spotted Green Puffer is a very popular attraction and the most commonly available freshwater puffer fish!
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K.Kind - 2010-06-04
We had been keeping a spotted green puffer in a brackish tank with two mollies for the last several months with no apparent problems. When I got up this morning it had crashed. I did the bi-weekly water change two days ago. It died on my lunch hour. I feel terrible. This was my six-year-old son's long-awaited pet after he saw one at Wal-Mart and wanted it last Christmas. Before he was allowed to have one I did a bunch of research, set up a brackish tank and cycled it with the mollies for a couple of months. We got the fish from a local fish store and it was doing great. Very personable. We started it on flake food with the mollies, per the fish store recommendation, but recently started giving it a bit of freeze-dried krill every couple of days as a treat. I can't figure out why it suddenly crashed. The mollies are fine -- but they are very hardy fish, so that doesn't mean much. The puffer was active and fine until this morning. The only recent change was adding krill to the diet. Did this cause the death of our fish?

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    You shouldn't feel bad..your puffer was lucky to have an owner who cared and did research. I am not sure about how puffers do with krill but if you get another one try brine shrimp instead. Also, make sure you have at least a 10 gallon tank with a salt level of 1.012-1.015
Michael - 2010-06-12
I've had my green puffer for about 3 weeks. It likes to eat dried baby shrimp and it gobbled up a ramshorn snail I put in the tank. I crushed it's shell a bit to convince the fish to eat it and it worked like a charm. However, there are two ghost shrimp that have been in the tank since I introduced the fish. The puffer seems to not ever bother them, in fact one of the shrimp has molted a time or two and I've even watched the shrimp climb over and pass unharmed. I thought puffers like to eat these guys!

What else can I feed the puffer?

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  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    Try switching to frozen brine shrimp mine loves them...idk about live shrimp.
danielle - 2010-06-13
I recently adopted a puffer and he hasn't eaten since I got him like 3 days ago. I tried flakes and ghost shimp.. I'm starting to get worried.. also he seems to be really lazy also laying at the bottom, is this normal?

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  • Jill - 2010-06-14
    I was told they don't eat flake food and that's what I was trying to feed mine. It didn't eat for like three days, so I went and got some freeze dried blood worms by Tetra and it sucks them right down! It's fun to watch them eat! I haven't tried anything else but they say they eat the live ghost shrimp too. Good luck with yours!
  • pufferlvr - 2010-06-15
    Do you have your puffer in a 10 gallon tank? This is a minimal size. Also, I've found that it does best at around 1.012-1.015 salt content. Finally, try switching to brine shrimp. Many puffers will not eat flakes but mine is growing and doing great with brine shrimp. They sell them frozen at Petsmart. Finally, puffers are extremely active...if it is laying at the bottom or turning dark there is something wrong.
Anna - 2010-06-13
I also bought a GSP from Walmart. His name is Buddy and he lives happily with a kissing gourami, Bella, who I bought at the same time. He is very friendly and swims up to whoever comes to see him :) He is very fun to watch! (especially when he eats) I have noticed no fin nipping so far. I would highly recommend one of these little guys to whoever is looking to start an aquarium!

ronnie - 2010-06-04
Who would win in a fight between a fresh water puffer and a fresh water convict?

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  • Aaron - 2010-06-06
    Puffer. The convict would be scared of it after the first day or so. Shouldn't put a puffer with big cichlids in my opinion. The Puffer would probably end up eating away all his fins. Also the puffer needs some marine salt in his tank after hes a juvenile, and a convict can't deal with the salt.
  • Daniel - 2010-06-06
    It depends on the size of the puffer and convict. If the puffer is shy he may not win. If they're about the same size the spotted puffer would most likely win since they have a very sharp beak that can rip chunks out of a fish.
Daniel - 2010-06-03
About a month ago my dad bought me 2 spotted puffers off of an impulse buy to add to my cichlid tank (crazy I know!) when I saw then swimming around in there I just couldn't bear to take them back! I ended up doing research and this proved to be the most useful site out there! My 2 little puffers that my sister dubbed mrs. Puff and scar (we got him scarred up) have grown about an inch an are currently very happy with my other fish and are extremely shy. I haven't seen any signs of aggression from them. In fact, my burundi frontosa has become their best friend! I occasionally throw in some guppy fry or ghost shrimp as a live treat, but after seeing this site I will definitely consider fidlers. Aside from their cute dopey appearance these fish are smart and full if personality! When I walk into my room they immediately stop what they're doing and swim to te side of the tank I'm on to greet me. It's the wildest thing I've ever seen! Overall i'm very happy that my dad got me these little guys. Hopefully since they're going up in a rather strange community tank, they won't show signs of aggression once they're older! Very fun, cute fish to have. I highly recommend them to any fish enthusiast!

Alex - 2010-05-31
I just bought two Black moor 3 inches each and put them with one spotted green puffer (bitc)h fish it eats their eyes and tails and ai had to took them out cuz they died. So I had to get rid of it by giving the spotted puffer fish to my friend.

Tina - 2010-05-28
So, heres the thing. I dropped two minnows into the bowl. Puffy ate one. Of course, he established and developed a relationship with the other. 1 fish, 2 fish. green fish, 'food' fish. Now, that fish has been alive for a week (give or take) and they're like... best friends. Lucky for "sandra" (the name of the minnow, a name from the previous winner of Survivor the show) I have extra fish flakes. woot.

mimi - 2010-05-18
I have a GSP that I got at Walmart. Her name is Casey and I have had her for 9 months. She is now at 3 inches. Like everyone I did not believe
that they had to be alone in the tank. I had added a catfish at the same time as her. It was ok till 2 months later she took
two big bites out of it. She is now alone and happy. Its like owning a puppy that can fit in your palm. can't wait to see
how big she will get.

Cory (elvis is my fish\'name) - 2010-05-02
Does anyone know if they can literally jump out of the bowl? Because in the middle of the night I could have sworn I heard some splashing. Thanks :)

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-05-02
    It is very possible. Many fish can jump out of the water and end up on the floor. You may want to get a cover to put over the bowl - with air holes in it.
  • George - 2010-05-07
    They can jump out of the water, and will do. Make sure you have a hood with no escape points.

    Also, do all the normal checks of your water to make sure they're not jumping out of the water for a reason...