Don't puff the puffers!

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Deftik
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Don't puff the puffers!
<p>http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-45315.html</p> <p>&quot;When pufferfish puff up their organs move to the side of their body and are nearly flattened. This causes extreme amounts of stress on the animal and they need a fairly long amount of time to recover from this. Some of them puff up only slightly and this will not cause them any harm, but the more they blow up the more stress it puts on their body.&quot;</p> <p>I just read an article and I&#39;m posting it because I was ignorant to the fact I suspect some other people would be too. It seems intentionally making puffer fish puff is not at all good for the animal and can even kill it. Makes me sad ill never get my puffed up photo op I&#39;ve been waiting for my whole life but id rather see it swim away. &nbsp;Figured I&#39;d post up here to make other anglers aware.</p>
Dr Flathead
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Man, sometimes them things

Man, sometimes them things just do it automatically once they leave the water.   Very few of them didn't puff up, now that I think about it.  Thats sucks to hear...

Nick Li
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Good info for the future,

Good info for the future, thanks.

pmk00001
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I wouldn't worry too much

These guys are talking about pet fish in a closed system (aquarium).  I suspect they wouldn't recommend hooking them either haha.  I don't delibrately get puffers to blow up and I still won't, but it's probably not the end of the world.  It seems odd that a fish would evolve a defense mechanism that would kill it.

Nick Li
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Good point...

Good point...