From the article: Figure Eight Puffer
Have you kept Figure Eight Puffers? If so, share your experiences about care, habitat, and feeding of Figure Eight Puffers. Share Your Experiences
My New Puffers
- I recently bought two figure 8 puffers and they are sooo cute! I noticed that one of my puffers bellies stays large almost all the time. Also the same puffer has developed different markings that go from her figure 8 pattern to her wight belly. Is she pregnant?(I don't even know if she is a she). Or is she sick?!?!
- —Guest Fish lover
Bertie The Puffer Fish
- I have set up a blog about my puffer fish Bertie, including posts about tank mates, water conditions, behaviour etc... Copy and paste the link below if you are curious :) He has more followers than my personal blog! bertiethepufferfish.tumblr.com
- —Guest Bertie The Puffer Fish
My "marine" f8 puffer
- I have had my puffer in my saltwater tank for over three months now and is doing better then he ever did in my fresh tank. Never nips at my corals but hard to keep snails in the tank. It took me three days to slowly bring the salt up but was do worth it.
- —Guest Salt life
Puffer out of tank for 3 hours!
- Hi, my figure of 8 jumped out if his tank today an wedged himself between my sofa and the wall, he did this when I had the lid off the tank as I was doing a water change. I did not notice his absence in the tank for just over three hours, I found him and unfortunately had to peel him off my wall as he was stuck due to him drying out. I thought he was dead as he was not moving, however, I put him back in the tank and noticed immediately that he had started breathing again. Within 5 mins unbelievably he was swimming around. He has not fed tonight however and he is not spreading his tail out as he usually does. He also seems somewhat off balance occasionally when swimming. Have I done the right thing by putting him back in the tank or have I just caused him to prolong his suffering if he will eventually die from being out of the tank for so long?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks
- —Guest Sparker150606
my figure eight puffer
- I have just aquired my first figure eight puffer. I do not know the sex. The previous owner told me it has puffed up only once before. (Isnt this harmful to them?) I am keeping it in a 90l tropical community tank with neons, rummy nose, gouramis, plecos, lamp eye, guppies and corys. He hasnt showed any aggressive tendencies as of yet and he seems very settled so far. However when I first put him in a few days ago I noticed his right eye was swollen and cloudy I wasnt sure if this was due to infection or where he got a little squashed around in the bag that contained the gouramis aswell on arrival. I have since paragoned my tank and done a few water changes and his eye has completley healed. I have ordered some catappa leaves to create 'black' brackish water conditions snd hopefully all my fish can feel very much at home. So far so good!! I would definitely recommend keeping a figure 8 puffer they are full of character and very cute and charming little fish :)
- —Guest soulfairyB
They have to be treated differently
- Ok guys, get used to the fact that the store employees know nothing. I have a hundred gallon tank, and the choice with any tropicals is variety, lots of rock formations, lots of buddies their same size, and a sense of adventure. We have a fluval 100 gal canister, living sand, and so many types of fish you will think I am nuts. I prob am. ;) First, I set up the tank 2 days and let it run. Next, I went to Walmart (yes, be appropriately horrified but it was clear I had to save these fish from the store's incompetence. Most fish last 3 days MAX there. No one was there to help me at first, so given I have done it countless times I began to net and bag. Help came pretty quickly, so I bought: a small pair of mating oscars, 8 bala sharks, 1 small pleico, 5 silver hyper small catfish, 8 f8s, 5 small yellow Malawi cichlids, 2 blue Malawi cichlids. The f8s devour cut up pieces of huge raw BBQ shrimp like barracudas. Crazy? Maybe. But it is working . I cannot begin to explain it.
- —Guest Aquagirl for 20 yrs
just had a ton of babies
- The babies are thriving on a moss ball and eat micro worms and the two parents guard them ones a green. spotted ones a figure eight i have 5 adults 3 figure eights 2 green spotted.
- —Guest zola
f8 tank mates
- hi ya. just been reading about everyones f8's. ive got two that ive had for a year their kept with a plec, two silver sharks, 3 clown loaches, a pim and abutterfly cichlid. they all get well never any fighting. with weekly water changes. they fed frozen flake and frsh snails or worms as a treat weekly. i have even put them in with the discus and neons to help get rid of snails still no fighting. they just had a great time eating. seems i'm fortunate that all my fish get on
- —Guest leeb9876
- Just threw in 4 F8 puffers from Global Aquatics, i am pleased with these guys. They first hassled my tetra school of 25, but finally settledin thep plants and bamboo hut. Very interesting, cute, anda aggressive little devils. They are eating frozen bloodworms and snails residing in a 36 gallon Bow Front Tank.
- —Guest Panama Puffing Red
- I recently purchased two figure 8s to put in my 125G tank. I have had them now for 3 days but have not seen them eat yet, they seem more interested in chasing their reflections and racing back and forth across the tank. I have tried snails, brime shrimp, blood worms, even some flake food and pellet just to see if they will eat it. I have not actually seen them eat as of yet so I am not sure that they are, there is always food left to clean up. Also what other types of fish do they truly get along with. I do not want to make an expensive tankmate lunch.
- —Guest Pop
New figure 8
- I just got a new figure 8 from Great White Aquatics today. He is very cute and peaceful. The Figure 8 on his back looks kinda like a person. He lives with a cobra endler guppy in a 20 gallon tank. He is very thin. Hoping to fatten him up.
- —Guest fishboy1112
snails snails snails
- I had a snail infestation in my plant aquarium, soz i bought a small fig8. He cleaned out hundreds of snails in just days! He cant get enuf of them. Now i hafta breed them just for him lol
- —Guest dosmundos
@Guest invisible bob
- you need to go down to your local pet store and pick up some ghost shrimp, if not that than try frozen blood worms. you could also try brine shrimp if all else fails. But you need to seriously look into purchasing snails, most snails are asexual so you only need one and a couple weeks to start your own food supply(make sure it is!!!), keep them in something at least two gallons and in no time you will have food for your pet (you can find snail eggs on aquatic plants)
- —Guest Sara
New puffers not eating
- OK I have had the puffer for 2 days, I tried feeding it shrimp it refused. I tried feeding it flies it refused. Could not find snails so. I even tried flake food and had no luck. How long can this guy go without food? I've fed it everything I've got.
- —Guest invisible bob
- I meant to add: my F8 jumps very high and far when he is startled. Make sure you have a lid on the tank!
- —Guest enthusiast
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