Overfeeding Puffers

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Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Jun 12, 2005 7:02 pm

Overfeeding Puffers

Puffers - actually fish in general, especially hunter predators - do not eat constantly in the wild. They have to work for their food, spending much time and energy in the search for edibles. Then they spend time lazing and digesting, then restart the search. There are no or very few feedback loops on fish appetites - they will continue eating even while excreting largely to completely undigested food. Lacking the ribs and bony framework most fish have, there is even less restriction on the amount of food ingested than there is for other fish. Daily or more frequent feeding of predators in captivity is perhaps the major cause of tank pollution and liver and kidney problems (all shortening life) in captive fish. Other than feeding completely unsuitable foods, it is very hard to starve a fish, but it all too easy to kill them with kindness. Young puffers especially will eat until they are unable to swim, look almost puffed up, and are rolled around by the current - very bad practice. Just as with people, "a lean horse for a long race" does apply. Your fish will be healthier and live out their full span if they are not overfed.
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Post by hashman74 » Wed Sep 28, 2005 4:03 am

If I don't feed my F8 once a day then he goes for my other fish. I've lost 4 due to my LFS recommending that fish can be left without food for upto two days. This was because I thought I was overfeeding. My internal filter (which is big for the size of my tank) couldn't cope. Once I stopped the daily feeding within one night two male guppies disappeared. No remains. nothing. I also feed my F8 from a bamboo skewer as he won't pick food from the bottom.

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Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:50 am

This is why puffers must be kept in species only tanks. Especially not kept with fish that have long fins, like guppies. Well fed or not, your puffers will eventually eat all your fish.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Post by wannapuffer-20g » Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:24 pm

thats just funny....

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Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Sep 29, 2005 12:20 am

Glad I'm not a fish in his tank!
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Post by puffermama » Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:46 pm

My son and I recently acquired two green spotted puffers. We love watching them eat, especially when we thread cockles on a wooden skewer. They both get a good chance to tug at it to their hearts content, but I noticed that they do not actually eat when they are full and it seems that is not usual.

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C papuan
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Post by Pufferpunk » Mon Oct 24, 2005 12:49 pm

Mine have also stopped eating when full but I have seen pics of an exploded puffer that ripped it's seams! :shock: :cry:
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Post by Feathers&Fins » Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:22 am

I remember that photo well. :cry:

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Post by Sari » Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:10 am

omg, how harsh!!

Was that posted on here?
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C valentini
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Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:49 pm

It was over at WaterWolves.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Post by toyota_mini » Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:06 am

btw my f8 is kept with 2 angels a pictus cat a placo6 in and a cory cat
R.I.P. Baby girl taken too soon by a snail!!!!!!!!
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Post by LittlePuff » Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:50 am

All freshwater fish (except the puffer)

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Post by Puffy? » Sun Jan 08, 2006 7:00 pm

I hope my GSP wont bother my Mandarins they are such pretty fish :D I just got the Mandarins yesterday and the puffer is completely ignoring them infact my puffer is the only fish in my tank that ever gets chased. My Sleeper banded goby seems quite territorial, and chases the puffer from time to time.
puffedy puff puff puffer fish

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Post by RTR » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:22 am

Mandarins with a GSP? Not me Charlie Brown!
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Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
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Post by Pufferpunk » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:29 am

What are the Manderins eating?
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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