Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation about keeping freshwater puffers as pets floating around the Internet and even coming from “fish experts” at pet stores.
Raising a puffer is a lot different from keeping regular tropical aquarium fish, like mollies, tetras and platys – anyone who tells you otherwise has either never kept a puffer before, or just wants to make a sale. To begin with, freshwater puffers require a special diet to thrive in the home aquaria, which means if you try to feed them like you would other fish, you’re just going to end up with a starving puffer on your hands.
For instance, I bet you’ve at least heard one of the following inaccurate statements before:
- “Puffers can be kept in a community tank as long as you keep them well fed!”
- “You only need to do water changes once a month.”
- “Of course, a puffer can be kept in a bowl as long as you do enough water changes.”
- “Puffers only grow to the size of their tank, so yeah, a 10 gallon will be perfectly fine.”
- “You have to buy feeder goldfish for your puffer because they are predatory fish.”
- “You can use the one inch per gallon rule to stock your puffer tank.”
- “There’s no such thing as a freshwater puffer. All puffers require aquarium salt.”
So, what will you find inside of the Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Freshwater Puffers?
Well, you’ll learn:
- How to set up a puffer tank that won’t hurt your puffer’s delicate skin
- What you really need to feed your puffer (Here’s a hint: it’s not fish flakes or feeder goldfish!)
- How to recognize the warning signs of a sick puffer so you don’t accidentally bring home an unhealthy fish
- Why it’s imperative to quarantine all live foods before you feed them to your puffer
- How to set up your own feeder colonies so you can not only save on food costs, but you also know for sure that your puffer’s food is healthy
- How to properly acclimate a puffer to its new tank, and it doesn’t involve floating the bag and dropping your puffer in!
- What to do if your puffer comes home with internal parasites (IP’s), bite wounds, constipation (yup, even puffers get constipated sometimes, too), or fish ich
- How to maintain a healthy puffer tank, including how often you should really be changing out the water
The best thing that you can do to keep your puffer happy, healthy and thriving is to prepare yourself first before you bring one home.
So, what are you waiting for? Get a copy of the Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Freshwater Puffers today! It’s instantly downloadable, so you can start reading it even if you order at 3 am.
P.S. You’ll also receive a special bonus section, titled the Freshwater Puffer Field Guide. It contains illustrations and care descriptions of 7 easily found freshwater puffers, 3 lesser known species, and 3 commonly mislabeled species of puffer that are actually brackish water fish.
P.P.S. You can check out the first section of the book for completely free before you buy. Just request a free preview by filling out the form below!