Tag Archives: brackish water

Green-Spotted Puffers need special care

23 Apr

Those fat little Puffers are so cute, aren’t they?  I know it! I just had to get one last year.

There is a lot that you should know about keeping a Green-Spotted Puffer, or GSP, and I highly recommend you search other websites about them BEFORE you buy one.

Two very important things are to keep the Puffer in brackish water (that’s salty water but not as salty as the Ocean) and also to have a supply of snails as a food item. The snails keep their beak trimmed down.

Please, don’t buy one until you are ready. I’m afraid they are dying in captivity by the thousands and thousands every year.

Here’s mine eating some pond snails earlier today:

Balloon Molly died today

7 Apr

My female Balloon Molly died today. She was born in my Saltwater tank.  I set up the tank 4 years ago and put in a pair of Mollies to “cycle” the tank. The female had a few babies. I gave away most of them but this one has always been in one tank or another. Most recently she has lived in a brackish tank with a Puffer and some Endler’s Livebearers.  She didn’t show any signs of old age, she was looking good even yesterday.  Today, she is dead.

I like the Balloon Mollies. I think they have an awkward cuteness. As I understand it, Balloon Mollies were first seen many years ago by Floridian fish breeders who thought their fat little Mollies were sick, so they culled them.  Finally, someone let one grow up and breed and now we have these cute little buggers.

Mollies do so much better in brackish water. By brackish, I mean a saltwater solution. Let’s say about one-fourth as salty as a Saltwater aquarium. Mollies are so susceptible to fungus and “shimmies”. Instead of medication they need salt!