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Old 11-14-2006, 05:33 PM   #1
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Green Spotted Puffers

I saw some in a fish store and I read that they get pretty big. What is caring for one of these like?

Let me clarify that. I saw them at Wal Mart. There's no way their being cared for properly there as they are crammed into a small tank. I don't want to get in over my head, but I thought I could do a better job taking care of them than their current situation.

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Old 11-14-2006, 06:01 PM   #2
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well they start off freshwater, but will need highly brackish water to full marine conditions at adulthood.

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I currently have one by himself in a 50 gallon tank but in 6 months he will be moving to my 80 gallon tank.Once he is in the 80 I MAY try to get 1 or 2 clown fish after I add some LR to the tank.Otherwise he will be the sole inhabitant of the 80 as well.I saw some full size GSPs in a store and would not recommend keeping them in less then a 50 gallon, even though a 30 is the minimum recommended size.
Currently I maintain the SG around 1.018. He is ~ 4" long.I also run a skimmer and do 25% weekly changes.
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Won't he probably eat the clownfish?
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Thats why I said I might, not will, get a clownfish. It will depend on how much LR I purchase and how well lines of sight are broken up. If it doesn't work out I will put the clown(s) in the 50 which is going to be used as a sump/refugium.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:41 PM   #6
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I have kept GSP's, and I would say the 30 gallon guideline is a good one. To say not in less than 50g is very cautious in my opinion. I have even kept them with clowns for a short time (about a month) and didn't have any problems. Although I would not recommend it. I'm sure it would just be a matter of time before a clown looked like a snack to the puffer. They can be a fun fish with lots of personality. Enjoy.
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