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does anyone know why my hairy pufferfish is always puffing up?


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On 1/24/2024 at 3:02 PM, DaveO said:

I think this question is best answered by @mountaintoppufferkeeper

Thanks for the heads up @DaveO best is arguable but ill give it a shot. 

@anya

To me it could be because the puffer wants to puff up to exercise etc, or as a reaction to something in or around the tank. There are some observations I have made with my hairy colonys and other puffer colonys on types of inflations.

In general My puffers will puff up more in a colony setup.  Often here puffing up is often just communication more than fright.

These are just well fed bellies not puffed up hairys

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this is spawning inflation with the color change and "waggle"

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Male courting female

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This is more of an establishing dominance inflation  by young hairys

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i can not find the stress inflation photo of a yound pao puffetlr that i have posted on the forum before. That one occured once with an F1 Pao palustris fry when reintroduced to their siblings afger a few weeks. Stress inflations, in my opinion, make the puffer look like a ball vs the others shown above that occur often in groups and here are fairly normal. 

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