Many aquarists see the Dwarf puffer as the ideal puffer to keep in an aquarium. I just about have a 60 gallon tank cycled and ready for fish. However, their natural environment is where the rivers meet the ocean so they do best in a brackish aquarium. They need crunchy food, like snails, shrimp, mussles and crabs, to wear down their teeth or their teeth may grow so much that they are unable to eat. A healthy green spotted puffer changes color all the time. Java fern can tolerate low brackish, but the rest will die in conditions more than about 1.005 SG, Also, you will need to cycle again after adding salt--the bacteria aren't the same. Couple of points...the plants will not survive high-end brackish water. You really don’t want to feed them anything that floats on the top of the water, because the suck in air and its not good for them to do that. If you want to get the green spotted puffer today, you can find them in pet shops. The red-eye puffer is a small freshwater fish with a big attitude. I just gotta have patience. This species can inflict harm to kill other fish kept in the same tank. Allocate at least 30 gallons of water for one puffer. To setup a brackish tank you should use the same salt mix that is used to setup a saltwater tank. Instead of a creamy white belly, the green spotted puffer may have a black stomach. You can use marine salt for your tank, but make sure you do not confuse marine salt with the aquarium salt used for freshwater aquariums. If you notice your puffer having trouble eating you can trim their teeth using the process seen is this video: That’s what I have learned so far about keeping a figure 8 or green spotted puffer fish. The local fish store wasn’t’ very knowledgeable when it came to that..and suggested I give them normal tropical fish flakes… I’m pretty sure that won’t work. I am new to keeping puffers. It keeps its beautiful marking into adulthood. Oct 10, 2010. Here he is checking out the heater in his new tank. I'm surprised those oscars survived as long as they did. I was wondering as i just set my new tank up for figure 8 puffers which i get in 10-14 days. I’m thinking about getting one of each, but if the leopard will reach 6” in size, then this might not work for the 30g tank! What do you feed your pufffers? Question Will a Figure 8 puffer do well in a freshwater community tank? The juveniles of the species can live in freshwater, but the adults need water with a high salinity level. They are also in danger of getting eaten up by their much larger companions because of their small size. What temp should i set the? Still trying to figure out what live plants are safe to put in with them. From what I read, spotted puffers grow to be a lot bigger and more aggressive than figure eights. Yeah that's probably a good idea. Puffers are a messy fish and so the rule of thumb of one gallon per inch of fish doesn’t apply to them. Hello, The green spotted puffer features a yellow-green back with black spots that contrasts with its white belly. I know the plastic plants aren’t good, causing injuries to the puffers. Great article and thankyou for the write up. From what I was reading it seems like these would all do ok in low end brackish. Messages 41 Reaction score 0 Points 81 Experience Just started I plan on starting my 2nd tank within this week. It would also be a good idea to give them some sort of cave that they can hide in.