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Postby nzac on Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:40 pm

so maybe a dumb question but here goes...

most of the fish i own are wild caught, first thing done with any of them is quarantine with treatment for IP's.

I picked up a baby fahaka(2") the other day he is currently in quarantine and I was wondering if anyone here ever used prazi-pro for ip treatment on a puffer? I have used it on all my other fish with good results.

since I know the normal questions... the tank was not cycled, I took 1 of the filters off a running/established 55 and put it on the 20 gal quarantine tank, instant cycle. yes I know he needs a large tank, he will move from the quarantine to an established 75 which will get him by for up to 1 year if needed until I find the 120-180 for his final home. He has been eating like a pig, in 2 days he has eaten 2 baby crays(about 1 1/2" each), 1 ghost shrimp, and about 10 pond snails. There are currently 2 ghost shrimp and 5-6 snails in his tank if he gets hungry.
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby Pufferpunk on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:33 am

Sounds like a good plan. Congrats on your new fahaka!
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby LilGreenPuffer on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:37 am

Yep, PraziPro is very popular and is effective. The instructions don't mention treating the food, though - that's important. Mix a little water and a little medicine and soak some frozen/thawed or freshly killed food in that for several minutes. If your fish won't eat the medicated food, you can disguise the taste by adding fresh garlic juice (or a garlic product intended for fish food, like Garlic Extreme) to the mixture.
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby Terrance on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:20 am

I also have a new bottle of prazipro intended for a future fahaka puffer.
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby bertie 83 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:21 pm

Why not skip the 75 and jump straight to the 120? You won't regret it as it saves you moving him twice
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby jus85411 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:33 pm

i could be wrong, but i think i read somewhere here that they can average growing 1 inch per month for the first year so it would be very quickly grown out of the 75. +1 going full size asap. it will be worth it. moving an 8+ inch fish, especially a puffer wont be easy since you will have to lure him into a container and not a net
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby bertie 83 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:41 pm

Mine was 12 inch after approx 1 year of living. Moving a 75 out to put a 120 in it's place seems like hard work. I wish I had gone bigger straight away. Will have to wait as I will be moving very soon, in a 5x2 at mo gonna get a 6x3 min
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby nzac on Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:39 pm

I'm sure some will take this the wrong way, I wish they wouldn't but...
This is the type of stuff i personally hate about this forum, people ask a question and get all kinds of responses other than an answer. That is why I explained what is going to happen with this fish so it wouldn't have to happen.
Moving a 8-10 inch fish is not that big of a deal, I have to use a container for most of my fish all 6"-10" as they will bite through a net in seconds(usually before its even out of the water). The 75 is what is available at the moment(already on hand and cycled, that fish is moving to a 125). with 13 tanks up and running anything is a pain when it comes to replacing tanks, hell even my weekly waterchanges take up to 5.5hours. Even if the fish grows an inch per month, which by the way I am expecting to happen, a 12" fish is still ok in a 75 gal tank, thats still 6" more width than he is long leaving plenty of turning room. I am more concerned with getting him a 180 than a 120 for the swimming length.

Back to the question... has anyone here ever used prazi-pro on a puffer? I have used it on all my other fish but none of them are scaleless.
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby LilGreenPuffer on Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:50 pm

Jeni said your plan was good, and I told you lots of people use it. You got your answer. Once a question is answered, particularly on a friendly, chatty forum like this, we tend to discuss related topics. That's just how it goes. :) You brought up related info in your post, so we talked about it. Forums are for discussion, not just Q-and-A! :)
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby nzac on Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:59 pm

ok I can accept that, it's just one of my little pet peeves i see happen a lot here. Like I said I don't mean to offend anyone with that last response, there is some good puffer knowledge here, much better than i have seen other places. I actually did think about putting him into the 125 right out of QT but a 2" fish in that big ole 6' tank just seems wrong when I have an 8"er just waiting for more swimming room and realizing that even a 125 will probably be too small someday.
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby bertie 83 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:07 pm

I wasn't getting on your back, just saying what I would do. Mine bit through a bag at about 1" which put my wife into panic and me into rally mode lol. Lucky I didn't get arrested. Just saying what I would do, sorry if I got your back up
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby nzac on Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:17 pm

I wish I could afford to have all my fish in their forever homes from the get go, but with 8 fish that can grow up to anywhere between 16"-24" that would be a huge chunk of change all at once. I won't get a fish if i think for any reason I can't move it to a correct size home before it needs it. If life throws some sort of nasty crap at me and it somehow can't happen, then I would find said fish a proper home, plain and simple.
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby Pufferpunk on Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:38 pm

In 2 years, I started with a 1" fahaka in a 15g, moved to a 29g, 40g, 55g & 125g at 10". I have lots of tanks.
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby bertie 83 on Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:52 pm

We can't really recommend that tho pp. If left in too small for too long stunting will occur. I know you moved him with plenty of time but others may not know when to move. Mine quarantined in a 10g hex. Has spent all his time in a 5x2 will very soon be in a 6x3 . Within 6mths, 18 mths old and 14 ins long
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Re: new fahaka quarantine

Postby Puffer King on Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:49 pm

Pufferpunk wrote:In 2 years, I started with a 1" fahaka in a 15g, moved to a 29g, 40g, 55g & 125g at 10". I have lots of tanks.

geez your puff moves more times than a gypsy !!
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