Thoughts about shy GSP

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Re: Thoughts about shy GSP

Postby PufferMe! on Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:31 pm

Okay, all. Thanks. I'll be buying some fake silk plants.

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Re: Thoughts about shy GSP

Postby Nuclear_Glitter on Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:16 pm

You can buy driftwood, rocks, caves, plants and everything pretty cheap if you just look around at different places. Drsfostersmith.com has sales on these items quite often. You can also use ceramic plant pots from the dollar store and such.

Also, don't hand feed him. You're just asking for an injury there. Green spotted puffers can grow to be 6 inches, and you don't want that biting you.

Use feeding tongs.

Also, start looking around craigslist for an upgrade tank. You need 30 gallons minimum and the puffer would love a 55g to itself. =]

Oh, and try to avoid wearing red and pink. Go for more natural colors like green and brown. For some reason brighter colors like red and pink seem to startle puffers.
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Re: Thoughts about shy GSP

Postby PufferMe! on Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:35 pm

Funny, I rarely wear red and pink. I may just have a shy puffer. All fish do have their own little personalities. :)

I put the silk plants in during the water change. I put them on the side he more often hangs out on, and of course, he than switched to the other side. I saw him early this morning on the side with the plants. When I got home, he's on the other side. Still doesn't swim to the glass to meet me, but we're making progress.

I'm looking for a 55-60 tank. What people have on CL is usually such junk, all filled with calcium deposits etc. May have to ask for it for Christmas. LOL. He will be upgraded though. I actually have driftwood, but I choose not to put that in, to keep my ph from going down. If getting a picture on this site wasn't so difficult, I'd post an updated one. My husband has to do "make pictures smaller" because I have no idea how to make a jpeg file smaller.

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Re: Thoughts about shy GSP

Postby bertie 83 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:14 am

Lol I often struggle with resizing too, I normally make them far too small to see properly
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly
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Re: Thoughts about shy GSP

Postby Nuclear_Glitter on Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:21 pm

PufferMe! wrote:I'm looking for a 55-60 tank. What people have on CL is usually such junk, all filled with calcium deposits etc.


Both vinegar, and apple cider vinegar and a sponge will get rid of calcium deposits and other build ups.
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Re: Thoughts about shy GSP

Postby PufferMe! on Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:41 pm

Just to update you all. It was like overnight he became much less shy. After every water change, it set him back on any gains he made. But, Saturday, did a water change, he didn't even hide during it. Salinity is now at 1.010. He is out and about and comes to me at the glass. I did add more tall lines with plants, but that didn't work immediately. I think it just shows there is hope for a shy puffer. Poor thing had to leave his old life in the wild (kind of sad) behind at get used to a whole new scary world. He looks like he's made the shift, and seems happy. I'm currently looking for a 55 gallon, as he is growing pretty fast. I'm thrilled he's out and about, because I did feel bad for him.

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Re: Thoughts about shy GSP

Postby RTR on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:50 am

On the plus side, with proper feeding and care, his life in captivity will be far longer and easier than his life in the wild.
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