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Old 01-03-2014, 11:19 PM   #11
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And can it nuke your tank when it dies and you don't take it out fast enough?
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:23 PM   #12
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It's adorable! I think I'll get him. Should I add him last? And how do you grind down his teeth and what do you feed him?
Sorry for asking all these questions, I just would really love to hear from people that are experienced!
I hand feed him krill and then throw it away once hes lost intrest. Doesnt really matter when you add them. Its ok se all ask questions!

Just wanted to throw in that you should never provoke the puffer to puff up, it severley stresses them and in some cases leads to death, and then death of your tank. They shouldnt be exposed to air also. Shen you feed the, their bellys will Blow up and become fat, and once they are done digesting it their stomachs will sink. Btw that pic i posted was 2-3 months ago, hes grown bigger now. If you want i can show you a pic of what it looks like when hes eaten and his bellys fat.
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And can it nuke your tank when it dies and you don't take it out fast enough?
Yes but they are hardy. But not very hardy. Make sure your parameters are in check also. Any more questions feel free to ask.
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Yes that would be great how many krill should I feed him if I were to feed my tank every other day? And yes a man told me that they can have a heart attack if they puff up and it's used as a last resort.

After you acclimate it (I would be using the drip method) how can you transfer him to the tank with out him touching air and not letting the fish store water get in your tank? I heard grabbing them in nets is a horrible idea and I guess air would also be hitting him or her.
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A Valentini puffer will not nuke your tank if it dies
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Yes that would be great how many krill should I feed him if I were to feed my tank every other day? And yes a man told me that they can have a heart attack if they puff up and it's used as a last resort.

After you acclimate it (I would be using the drip method) how can you transfer him to the tank with out him touching air and not letting the fish store water get in your tank? I heard grabbing them in nets is a horrible idea and I guess air would also be hitting him or her.
I feed him krill every 2 weeks, i use tetra jumbo krill. Then i feed him 1/4 a block of emerald entree, brine shrimp, or LRS (the local food mix of a bunch of different fish and stuff, best frozen in the east cost. Runs about 20$ for 16oz bag) that also feeds my other 4 fish in his 37g home.

If you have other fish that eat krill than maybe 2-3 times a week. Ether get tongs or hand feed them to make sure it doesnt get caught in the rocks and rot.

TBH when i got him i was a noob so i picked him up in my hand and put him in the tank, but hes healthy and happy so i guess i was lucky.

You can get a plastic container and then scoop him up, then poor as much of the LFS store water down the drain, then just stick him in the tank with the minimal amount of LFS water into the tank.
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A Valentini puffer will not nuke your tank if it dies
They actually do have poisons in parts of their skin, and will secrete them if in life-threatening situations or if they die.
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They actually do have poisons in parts of their skin, and will secrete them if in life-threatening situations or if they die.
I will guarantee you they don't nuke a tank if they die.
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I will guarantee you they don't nuke a tank if they die.
How? Have you had one die?
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Yes I used to work at a pet store and one came in bad from shipping. It went in the tank died and killed nothing else. Same goes for cow and box fish. They can but it is insanely unlikely.
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