Places to Buy Green Spotted Puffers
When taken care of correctly, green spotted puffers make captivating
aquarium pets. They’re very intelligent, full of personality and they mature into nicely sized fish. However, finding one to buy can get frustrating pretty quickly if you don’t know where to look.
Here are a few suggestions that may help you find your next puffer:
1. Local pet stores. The best place to start looking for green spotted puffers is at a local pet store. Many stores don’t stock freshwater and brackish water puffers on a regular basis, so you may have to ask them to order one in for you. This allows you to see the fish you’re purchasing beforehand, which means you’re more likely to bring home a healthy specimen. However, it’s very important to make sure that the pet store is already properly caring for the puffer in question, and that it isn’t being kept in a small tank crammed with other puffers. Additionally, if the pet store is feeding its puffers feeder goldfish, then you should highly consider looking for another place to get your fish from.
2. Online pet stores. If there aren’t any local pet stores in your area, then an online pet store can work, as well. However, it’s important to remember that shipping is very stressful on a fish, so make sure you’re home to receive the package and properly drip acclimate it to its new quarantine tank. If you’ve never heard of the store, consider looking for reviews on their customer service and the health of their livestock before placing an order.
3. Forums. Another great way to find green spotted puffers for sale is to look on related forums for any members that are looking to rehome their fish. However, don’t forget that you should always do your own due diligence before making an online transaction, especially with someone that you just met on a forum. It’s a good idea to see if they’re well respected members in the community before making a commitment.
4. Online classified sites and auctions. Sometimes, people post their puffers for sale on classified sites, like Craigslist. Just remember that safety always comes first, and you should always take the time to get a few photos of the fish that you’re trying to buy beforehand so you can make sure you’re getting the right type of puffer. Additionally, Aquabid also has puffers up for auction sometimes, too, so don’t forget to check there.
Before you start looking for green spotted puffers to buy, make sure you’ve done your research. Puffers don’t make a good pet for the novice aquarist because of their specialized diet and care. It’s much easier to wait until you’re ready for a puffer, than to bring one home as an impulse buy only to realize that you’re in way over your head. And don’t forget, all new fish should always be quarantined, even if they’re going to be the only fish in the tank. Treating a sick puffer in an empty quarantine tank is much easier than doing a complete overhaul of your main tank that already has sand, plants and decorations – not to mention a healthy colony of bacteria.