Meatball Meatball
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  • Posted on: 7/9/2007 8:28
Puffer fish feeding #1
I've read that puffers require two small feeds a day. What exactly is small? Two cockles, two cubes of bloodworm? Also, how often should they be fed snails on a weekly basis? When giving a puffer snails, should I only give food in the morning and substitute it's later meal for snails? Does anyone who keeps puffers have a food schedule I could look at? Thanks for any help.
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Re: Puffer fish feeding #2
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Meatball wrote:
I've read that puffers require two small feeds a day.


depends on the size of the puffer, younger puffs are better with a small feeding a couple of times a day, adult puffers can have a larger meal, and be fed every other day (this can variy from species too)

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Meatball wrote:
What exactly is small? Two cockles, two cubes of bloodworm?

bloodworm is no good. puffers need crunchy food, you can give him a couple of bloodworms as a treat if he is small but bloodworm is not what you should be feeding puffs.
i would recommend getting some frozen whole gamma shrimp(small shrimp, about 1cm long) if he is a small puff, my gsp is about 2 inches long, and i give him 3 gamma shrimp in one go, any more his belly gets too fat. and i try and give him about 3-4 snails a day, sometimes he only gets one or two, about the size of his eye.

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Meatball wrote:
Also, how often should they be fed snails on a weekly basis?

snails are good to keep beak worn down, so frequently.

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Meatball wrote:
When giving a puffer snails, should I only give food in the morning and substitute it's later meal for snails?


depends what you are feeding him for his first meal.

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Meatball wrote:
Does anyone who keeps puffers have a food schedule I could look at?


you are worrying too much! a schedule isnt necessary, just one or two small meals a day, and make sure the majority of it has a crunchy shell. if you put a few snails in, he will have to hunt for them.
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Re: Puffer fish feeding #3
I was going to ask this question in a month or so, saves me the trouble. Thanks guys.