Poofy the Puff welcomes you to our humble thread!
This thread is for information on Puffs, and discussion of Puff care, as well as simply showing off and talking about our Puff's in their homes!
Pufferfish can live in freshwater, brackish water, and salt. Puffs are cute, but can be bloodthirsty! They are carnivorous, and are all aggressive (just varying levels of aggression. Some puffs can be kept in groups like a sorority, other puffs need to be alone, like male bettas, and others CAN be community fish if one takes great care with selecting tank mates.)
They eat shelled food, like clams, snails, shrimp, and crab. They have strong plates that work like toothers and are good for the crunching!
Those toothers never stop growing, however, and feeding food with shells is necessary to keep them trimmed. Some puffs like the "Amazon Puffer" have notoriously fast growing teeth, and MAY need fishy dentristy, and others, such as "Pea/Dwarf Puffers" have toothers that grow very slowly, so it's not as much of a concern!
(For baby puffs, or tiny puffs, I personally suggest bladder snails! They're easy to start a culture with, reproduce quickly, and are small enough for the tiniest of puffs to crunch!)
Puffs get very grey when they are sad, sick or hurt.So a bright puff is a happy puff! On some types of puff, (Green spotted puffer, spotted congo puffer, and figure 8 puffer) A snow white tummy is evidence of a healthy, happy puff!
(A sad, hungry puff with an empty tum :( )
(A happy, well fed puff with a full tum! :) )
Most puffs you see in stores are only babies! I personally suggest treating them as you would fry to aid them in their growth, however, a puffer keeper who's decently known (Puffer Punk) suggests feeding a small amount 1 time a day with 1 fast day a week. Another, (Cory of Aquarium Co-op) Suggests keeping your puff well fed! Especially if your puff in in a community tank...a fat, well fed puff is a lazy puff, and less likely to nom upon the "harder" to catch fishies in your tank!
(Poofy 40 days ago!)
(Poofy now! Mushroom decoration in background for a size comparison.)
That's it! That's the puff basics!
Now it's feeding time!
(Poofy's lookin' for snails to nom)
Whoops! That's a pebble!
Speaking of which, Poofy needs to be moved to a tank with a SANDY bottom! That will prevent a puff from hurting his toothers trying to nom on a snail-looking rock, and makes it easier for them to "hunt" for snails like they would in the wild!
NOW you're done learning the basics, and Poofy has been fed! \^0^/
So you can go ahead with the thread! Ask questions! Talk about Puffs! Show pictures of your cute puffs! And overall; Let's have fun!
Educational funtimes! :D
Afterall, people learn best when they're having fun.^0^