puffed up porc

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puffed up porc

Post by casc » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:48 am

Is it normal for a puffer fish to puff up occasionally. i caught my porcupine puffer on camera puffed up for no viewable reason. iv had him for 4 months and it seems like he has puffs up once a month. I test my water every other day and he has no issues with aggression from other fish. He only has a 1 inch damsel for a tank mate who pretty much keeps his distance. He eats well and is active. I read puffing can be harmful to them. And i also read that they sometimes just do it because they can. Anyone have any exsperience with this behavior?

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Re: puffed up porc

Post by bertie 83 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:36 pm

Puffers will often practice puff, they just rarely do it in front of us. It is not harmful if the fish is doing it by himself without being provoked. Provoked puffing is potentially life threatening
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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Re: puffed up porc

Post by Master of Puffers » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:28 pm

I agree with bertie..some of mine puff up if I go past their tanks at an unexpected time of day..

I have had to stop people trying to provoke my puffers to expand for their amusemant..

If it's a problem and they float to the surface..just gently hold them down with a fish net until they un-puff..
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
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Re: puffed up porc

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:43 am

So where's the pic???
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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Re: puffed up porc

Post by casc » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:56 am

The picture is in my album, but i will try to attach it to this. Thats good to know. He doesnt puff when i walk by and iv never had problems startling him, hes very social. Always comes right up to glass and begs. But the most common thing people ask is can you make him puff up. No one is left alone with him. I got really lucky with the picture tho. i was sittin around and i looked over n there he was. It was a quick shot, his puff only lasted seconds. He is 4 inches now but he musta been the size of a softall when i saw him. Pretty cool as long as its not harmfull to him.
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casc
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30G reef tank with Hawaiian Dwarf Peacock Lionfish
~GF tanks:
90G freshwater w/ fancy goldfish
90G freshwater w/ oscar
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Re: puffed up porc

Post by casc » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:00 pm

I've tried to reply with a picture and for some reason it's never posted. I don't kno if it isn't approved or what keeps happening

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Re: puffed up porc

Post by kv2wr1 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:35 pm

It doesn't happen very often, but when it does it is really cool to see.

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C valentini
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Re: puffed up porc

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:44 pm

I missed the approval of your pic. It's there now.
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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~Non puff tank:
30G reef tank with Hawaiian Dwarf Peacock Lionfish
~GF tanks:
90G freshwater w/ fancy goldfish
90G freshwater w/ oscar
Location (country): USA, Vermont

Re: puffed up porc

Post by casc » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:14 am

Oh awesome! Thank you. It is a pretty amazing thing to see. Especially in person and when it's your own fish.

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Re: puffed up porc

Post by bertie 83 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:49 am

First time I saw my fahaka puff it was a total shock, great pic
It's amazing how easy maintenance is. If done regularly and thoroughly

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My Puffers: "Juke" porcupine puffer 150G FOWLR
10G Aqua scape tank with Dwarf Puffer
~Non puff tank:
30G reef tank with Hawaiian Dwarf Peacock Lionfish
~GF tanks:
90G freshwater w/ fancy goldfish
90G freshwater w/ oscar
Location (country): USA, Vermont

Re: puffed up porc

Post by casc » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:51 am

yeah definately shock. My first thought was concern. I jumped outa my chair n said "oh no Juke whats wrong?". Then "wheres my phone?". I snapped as many pics as i could hoping to get a good one

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Re: puffed up porc

Post by BedScien » Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:29 pm

Master of Puffers wrote:I agree with bertie..some of mine puff up if I go past their tanks at an unexpected time of day..

I have had to stop people trying to provoke my puffers to expand for their amusemant..

If it's a problem and they float to the surface..just gently hold them down with a fish net until they un-puff..
This is why I don't keep humans
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Re: puffed up porc

Post by LRParrish » Sat May 09, 2015 12:34 am

Mine has been puffing unprovoked every 2 or 3 weeks. I kept trying to get it on camera, but he always deflated too quickly. Not tonight! I got him on VIDEO! Woohoo. It's the most amazing thing to watch. Put it on YouTube. Here's the link: https://youtu.be/qG1TXoDX7xg

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Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
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Re: puffed up porc

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue May 12, 2015 7:38 pm

LOL, silly puffer, show-off!
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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Re: puffed up porc

Post by Welch4 » Wed May 13, 2015 8:50 pm

Awesome. And welcome to the forum LR.
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