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Hi, I received my beautiful fahaka puffer yesterday, and I just wanted to thank you for shipping such a great animal. I put bloodworms in his tank today but he seemed uninterested and shy. Out of curiosity what are you guys feeding your fahaka puffers? Also is there anything else I should do to help it begin eating? Thanks for your help and the great specimen.
-=Adam B.=-


Reply. Hello Adam. Glad to hear that your Fahaka Puffer arrived in good condition. Many fish do not eat for a day or two after being shipped. Your new Puffer may just need a day or two, before it feels like eating. If it doesn't eat by the third day, then you should get some live food. I recommend Ghost Shrimp, Live Black Worms, and Live Brine Shrimp.

Click here to read the page on this web site about how to receive fish, on that page there is a "hint" that suggests you give your new fish the Recommended Treatment. Click here for the details about the Recommended Treatment, which includes adding one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt to each five gallons of water in your aquarium.

You can see in the table above that the Fahaka has an "F" in the second column, which indicates it is a freshwater Puffer. Even so, you should temporarily add Aquarium Salt as listed in the Recommended Treatment.

The Recommended Treatment includes increasing the temperature of the water in your aquarium to 82 degrees F., which will also stimulate the appetite of your new Puffer.

After a few days, when your New Puffer is acclimated and eating well, you should turn the temperature back down to about 78 degrees, and as you change 20% of the water in your aquarium twice each week, the concentration of the Aquarium Salt will decrease. eventually your Puffer will be back in freshwater at 78 degrees.

Thank you, Adam, for buying your Puffer from us. We appreciate your business.


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I ordered 3 dwarf puffer (1 male and 2 female) and 7 amano shrimp (1 extra was thrown in, thanks!) - they all arrived fine; it's been two days and they are all very active.
thank you!!
c anthony c.
NYC NY 10016
Reply. Hello Anthony. Thank you for your report about your shipment from us. We always appreciate getting feedback about our shipments. We are glad to hear that they are all doing well in your aquarium.

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Great site, made it one of my favorites. I am a small time breeder in Missouri & I have been looking into the breeding habits of the Puffer fish. Your site is one of the few sites that had more than just a picture.
I was wondering if you could tell me how to tell the difference between a male & female Spotted Puffer ? And any info you would be willing to share about their mating habits would be appreciated.
Thank You, God Bless, Cliff
Reply. Hi Cliff, we haven't ever bred puffers, and we don't know anyone who has. We buy wild Puffers that are shipped to us by collectors in Asia, Africa, and South America. Breeding Puffers might be a real challenge. Years ago, I saw an article in a fish magazine, probably Tropical Fish Hobbyist (T.F.H.), about two puffers that spawned. I can't remember which species.
The article didn't say if the eggs hatched, nor the tank conditions, nor the size of the fish. From the relative size of the objects shown in the picture of the aquarium, I think the female was about 12" and the male was about 6-8". The female swelled-up with eggs and looked like she had swallowed a cantaloupe.

The eggs were extruded as one continuous mass. Much like frogs lay eggs. The article said that the eggs were avoided by other tank mates. Maybe the Puffer's eggs were toxic; Puffers are known to store toxins in their bodies, and maybe also in their eggs. I am just making an educated guess about this.

I also remember reading something in a National Geographic Magazine about spawning the Sargasso Sea Puffer. Puffers can grow to a huge size and their biting power is legendary. But Puffers have been spawned in large public aquariums in Germany. To breed them you will need big tanks, good filtration, and plenty of patience. I hope my comments help you a little.


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I've read that puffers need to be feed crustaceans to keep their beaks from growing to big.  How often do they need to eat hard shell items? Do they have to be live clams or crabs?
Thank you,
Reply. Hello Tonya. Good question. I've never had a problem with a Puffer's beak growing too long. But I've never kept a Puffer for many years. I went to another web site, named Pufferfish, and found the following information.
"Puffers beaks grow throughout their lifetime. If they do not get food that grinds these teeth down then their beak will grow too big and they will be unable to eat. Feed the puffer regular food but ensure that you include hard food like snails, shellfish still in its shell (for example cockle) and shrimp."

"If your puffers beak has grown too big for these foods to make a difference you will need to get your local vet to file the beak down."

"It has been suggested that if a lump of coral in the tank the puffer will use it to keep their teeth down. Whether this is true or not I don't know but it won't harm your tank and may introduce a nice decoration into your tank."

Click here now to go to the page in Pufferfish, where I found this quote. There is a lot more information about Puffers at this web site.

If you put a piece of coral in your freshwater aquarium, the coral will dissolve slowly over a period of time and change the water chemistry. This may improve the water for some Puffer species, but may harm some species of freshwater fish, including some freshwater Puffers. Click here for more information about ornaments for aquariums.

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