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Old 01-23-2015, 09:24 PM   #1
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Puffer fish food?

Hi! I was thinking of starting a salt water tank, and am doing my research ahead of time. I would love a puffer fish, and have read that they need food to wear their teeth down such as oysters, clams, mussels, and shrimp. My question is: where do you buy such foods? I've looked at walmart and various pet stores with no avail...and won't get a puffer without knowing where to buy his food!


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Old 01-23-2015, 09:38 PM   #2
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Grocery store. Be aware many puffer species get huge (1 ft +). Toby puffers however stay smaller so look into them as well


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Old 01-23-2015, 10:52 PM   #3
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Yea, I checked the grocery...only thing I found that might work were frozen, raw, whole shrimp with shell and tails on. I know I couldn't eat shrimp day in and day out...so I wanted to find other varieties as well. And I'll be using my 300 gallon, so should be good with any size puffer I think. Leaning towards either dog face or porcupine...tank isn't set up yet, it's still freshwater, but am taking small steps to convert it. Got barrels today for storing premixed saltwater!!!!!!!


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Sweet you can do most puffers in a tank that size! Hmm they didn't have clams??? Any local seafood markets?


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They had mussels but they didn't have shells on them and most were smoked or smothered in some kind of garlicky disgusting marinade! Lol, I didn't think I'd have this much trouble finding that type of food, with shells on....don't know of a seafood market, but I'll look for one! Thank you!


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Old 01-24-2015, 12:53 AM   #6
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Where do you live?
Ask a local restaurant or your supermarket fish buyer if they could order items for you.



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Batavia, Ohio...won't placing special orders get costly?


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Old 01-24-2015, 01:01 PM   #8
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Cheap and Good Puffer Food

I have two puffers, a dog face puffer and a spiny puffer. They love 'frozen krill' very cheap and 'clams on the half shell' more expensive both available at your local fish store. If one does not have it try another that has salt water fish. The also love mussels which I buy from the grocery store in their fish area (frozen). Most larger grocery store chains have mussels. They are very cheap. I get one lb for about $3.99 and that lasts a week or more.
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you can use cleaner clams to feed the puffer there about $2. a piece puffer can grind his teeth along with munch on the clam
clams also help keep puffers food safe from most other fish as they like to steal everything , only the puffer can get inside by grinding his way in and half the time the clam will survive even after being eaten a few weeks till needing to be replaced to prevent fouling water
my puffer also eats my inverts hermits and snails and grind teeth on the shells
here's my puffer munching on a invert and grooming his teeth
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So I found 2 seafood markets in my area! Both have mussels, clams and oysters. How often should those types of foods be fed? I've heard they should be fed "often". But define please? Once a week, once a month? Every couple days? Thanks!!


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