Blue Spotted Puffer

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    Hey guys, i caught a Blue spotted puffer, i think two weeks back, tiny little bugger, about 3 cms. Quite a lot darker than the one is this pic from liveaquaria, which is a blue spotted puffer just incase you are wondering.
    I had mistaken it for a valentini puffer(i think we get them here) because it was so dark and only realised it after putting it in the tank. But thats not a stress, it has the most docile and friendly nature of all my fish, i caught it in a rather barren rock pool, and when i say barren, i mean there was no algae on the rocks even. So this little guy must have been starving as it immediately began accepting what ever food i offered, from my hands no doubt and pecking at the rocks. It eats nori from the clip, as well as sleeps on the clip at night! It nestles into the hollow of the clip and doesnt flinch when i come close. Its only puffed up once, when my sailfin tried to eat it, and it puffed up to about 2.5cms so it looked like a perfect sphere!:lol: But since then there is no aggression at all from the fish and i think it has been cleaned by the fire shrimp too so no parasites hopefully.

    The question i have is about the toxicity of a puffer. I believe that if it dies in your tank/gets stressed it releases a toxin? Can anyone shed some light on this? When i first got him and had a good look at him i thought it had little spines on its side, but i cant see anything now, does anyone know if they have? Because it follows my fingers a lot and i dont feel like being wacked by them.

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    Search my threads- under "two id's needed" or something. Plenty info of the fish you want
     
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    I thought it was boxfish that were bad if they get stress or kick the bucket, not puffers
     
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    Puffers tend to nibble on you coral
     
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    post a link please?:whistling:
    dunno
    eish. not cool. but it hasnt touched any of my corals and he's eating food like crazy so i'm hoping he keeps on with the idea that food from the hand is easier than foraging:whistling:
     
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    I've had puffers (like a box fish) emit a toxic substance and kill all the fish in my catch box.
    FWIW, This puffer has no spikes on it. The bigger ones can give you a decent nip though.
     
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    Both boxies and puffers can emit a toxin when stressed, if it is a large enough and well established tank and the fish is small it is not usually a problem.
    If the tank is small then be careful.
    Keep them in separate collecting buckets to other fish, even for short time periods.
     
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    i put the puffer in its own container when i caught it for this fact. Will keep nipping in mind thought i doubt this one will try nip me
     
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    He sounds really great. Hope it works out okay.
     
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    I have a puffer in my system and he's a 'little darling'. No probs wth pecking corals or fish. Can you look at my thread "ID needed" on the fish section, theres a pic of him. Is this the same as yours?
     
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    can you post a link?
     
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    I don't know how?
     
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    Great thread, thanks.
     
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    It similiar, i think your markings are a little different, but i think that could be due to minor differences between individuals unless we have the classification wrong. But i think its the same.
     
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    I got an awesome piece of Red Monti on friday and saturday morning i see, little white dots on it. So i freaked out thinking my water quality was out of wack, and it got worse over the weekend. As of 5 minutes ago, the culprit is my puffer!!! NOOOO!! He never touched a softy the whole time, but not i get SPS and it hammers it! :( bad, puffer is coming out now
     
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    Hate to say I told you so :whistling:

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    :finger: ya ya ya

    well, i assumed if it didnt want to wack tasty looking lps why would it wack SPS? But, it was very trusting when i led it into my net with a piece of nori :p Now its in the sump pissed off as hell and probably contemplating why it sold its soul so cheap :p
     
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