Overfeeding Puffers

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by RTR » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:21 am

Everybody overfeeds puffers initially. They train us too well.
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:06 pm

RTR wrote:Everybody overfeeds puffers initially. They train us too well.
Lol, very true. Hard to resist such a cute face, especially when they smile at you.
It's a crayfish! It's a snail! It's a... ah who cares?
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by GBobNorth » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:21 pm

My GSP is about 2 1/4" now, I actually measured the food I've been feeding him since I got things balanced, he's eating about 500mg of shrimp or bloodworms a day, a little more if it's snails...these guys spend a lot of energy for critters that so very little.

I've also noticed that snails run through them faster, seems like the undigestable shells keep them regular but I can't be sure.

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by RTR » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:45 am

Sails are quite easy to digest, if you are a fish. The way people eat them (loaded with butter and garlic) it is a bit heavier.
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by puffpaddy » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:45 am

My S&S puffer is abot 5.5 inches long. How often should I feed him? This is my first bigger puffer
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:18 pm

I'd feed him every other day.
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by puffpaddy » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:29 pm

Thanks PP!
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by spottedpee » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:44 am

i over feed mine that just i spoil them :)

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by las » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:33 pm

Is it true that puffers grow mostly when they are juveniles? And if so, should we be feeding them more than every other day?

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by GBobNorth » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:43 am

I think you're supposed to feed them every day till they're about four inches, then every other day. I've been feeding mine daily, but only a slice of shrimp the size of half a tylenol and few snails here and there, it's about 2 3/4 inches...funny thing is when I get the shrimp to the cutting board it starts thrashing in the only corner of the tank that can see the cutting board in the next room.

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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by bertie 83 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:50 am

Feeding really depends on the individual puffer, you have to use your common sense. Whilst very small it's daily, most puffers will eat until they are about to burst but this is very bad. It really is too easy to overfeed
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by RTR » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:06 am

Puffers grow fastest pre-puberty. Growth slows post-puberty. Fully mature puffers )and other fish as well) continue growing very slowly throughout their lives.

Feeding puffers to a grossly distended regularly and frequently is unhealthy and will shorten their lives.
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by bella » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:51 am

I only make sure mine eat once per day. Nothing more than that. Just to make sure their diet is correct.
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:35 am

Be sure to skip one day/week.
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Re: Overfeeding Puffers

Post by celbrise » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:19 pm

yea i don't feed my green spotted puffer daily. i feed him/her every other day to allow for digestion or every 2 days at most every 3 days. i just fed him/her today 2 small snails and he looks bloated already. but damn overfeeding them till their seems break that is just nasty and wrong. We i do feed it is eager to eat as well and comes to the surface trying to get the snail/food out of my hand until i let it go then it just destroys the food.

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