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Cehszar 10-26-2012 10:19 AM

Help to indentify
 
Hello!, how can I know if these ones are dwarf puffers or normal puffers?... thanks!

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GwenInNM 10-29-2012 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Cehszar (Post 1287433)
Hello!, how can I know if these ones are dwarf puffers or normal puffers?... thanks!

http://imageshack.us/a/img853/252/dscn29421280x960.jpg
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It's a Green Spotted Puffer! Do your research about them. I have one if you have questions. Where did you get it? They require brackish or can go full marine if you want to go that route.

Gwen

Cehszar 10-29-2012 10:24 PM

oh thanks ! I bought them at walmart. I thought they were dwarfs, because I read the dwarfs shows a color blue on the eyes, and these ones show that color sometimes.

GwenInNM 10-30-2012 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 1291709)
It's a Green Spotted Puffer! Do your research about them. I have one if you have questions. Where did you get it? They require brackish or can go full marine if you want to go that route.

Gwen

Walmart sadly sells the GSP's. He doesn't look to healthy. They should have a green glow almost on top of their head. He may look bad because of stress from shipping etc. Get some vitamins like "Zoe" for marine fish, and soak their food in it. GSP's are wild caught and can have internal parasites. Keep an eye out for sunken bellies. You should feed once a day to acheive a round belly. Don't over feed. They like mysis shrimp at this age or bloodworms. You can buy Talipia fish, clams, (raw) and feed that too. They must have snails to keep their teeth trimmed. They love snails! A varied diet is very important for these fish.

I hope your tank is cycled. They are fun fish, but do need the proper care. A dark belly is a sign of stress, and you want to keep an eye on that.

Gwen

Cehszar 10-31-2012 11:19 PM

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Here's some pics about the color of the eyes, that's why I've thought that these are Dwarf puffers.

Boredomb 11-01-2012 01:09 AM

I have never heard of telling if it is a DP by looking for blue eyes. If you are looking for some Dwarf puffer here is a good website that tells you alot about them Dwarfpuffer.com That's definitely not a DP you can tell by the markings and color. I have never own a GSP before due to the brackish water needs but I do have DPs and they are awesome fish!
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Cehszar 11-01-2012 01:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Boredomb (Post 1294480)
I have never heard of telling if it is a DP by looking for blue eyes. If you are looking for some Dwarf puffer here is a good website that tells you alot about them Dwarfpuffer.com That's definitely not a DP you can tell by the markings and color. I have never own a GSP before due to the brackish water needs but I do have DPs and they are awesome fish!
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Thanks Boredomb ! That's exactly the page where I read it, in the size/appearance section "They have black eyes that turn blue whenever they are in the light"

Boredomb 11-01-2012 01:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Cehszar (Post 1294507)
Thanks Boredomb ! That's exactly the page where I read it, in the size/appearance section "They have black eyes that turn blue whenever they are in the light"

LoL You know I had to go back and read that after this post. Sorry I must have over looked that line or forgot about! Still it much easier to tell by their markings since they are so irregular. Some don't even look spots per say but more like patches of different shapes and size. BTW I haven't really notice mine showing "blue" eyes with light. It most have to hit the eyes just right to reflect like that?

Cehszar 11-01-2012 02:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Boredomb (Post 1294511)
LoL You know I had to go back and read that after this post. Sorry I must have over looked that line or forgot about! Still it much easier to tell by their markings since they are so irregular. Some don't even look spots per say but more like patches of different shapes and size. BTW I haven't really notice mine showing "blue" eyes with light. It most have to hit the eyes just right to reflect like that?

Well. Walmart sell them under the name of Spotted puffers, and the pattern on the spots looks alot like the GSP, but when I saw the eyes I started to doubt because one of the different names of the DP is "Blue-eyed puffer", although to be honest I don't know if the GSP shows the same color in the eyes when the light hits the eyes from the top. For now they are in freshwater (1 week) and seems they are doing well, only one of them started to attack to the Gouramies and the Barbs, now He/She is swimming alone in the 5g tank.

GwenInNM 11-01-2012 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Cehszar (Post 1294525)
Well. Walmart sell them under the name of Spotted puffers, and the pattern on the spots looks alot like the GSP, but when I saw the eyes I started to doubt because one of the different names of the DP is "Blue-eyed puffer", although to be honest I don't know if the GSP shows the same color in the eyes when the light hits the eyes from the top. For now they are in freshwater (1 week) and seems they are doing well, only one of them started to attack to the Gouramies and the Barbs, now He/She is swimming alone in the 5g tank.

Green spotted puffers do have that blue in their eyes. These are aggressive fish, and in groups especially will be more aggressive. You need to consider having a large tank for these puffers, as time goes on, and also need to go brackish. You may want to join anotehr site call The Puffer forum to learn as much as you can. There aren't many people on this site who keep GSP's.


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