Need help with sick dogface

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Since this board has been up, we have found there are several questions that routinely get asked in order to help diagnose problems. If you can have that information to begin with in your post, we'll be able to help right away (if we can!) without having to wait for you to post the info we need.

1) Your water parameters - pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates and salinity (if appropriate). This is by far the most important information you can provide! Do not answer this with "Fine" "Perfect" "ok", that tells us nothing. We need hard numbers.

2) Tank size and a list of ALL inhabitants. Include algae eaters, plecos, everything. We need to know what you have and how big the tank is.

3) Feeding, water change schedule and a list of all products you are using or have added to the tank (examples: Cycle, Amquel, salt, etc)

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference.

5) How long the aquarium has been set up, and how did you cycle it? If you don't know what cycling is read this: Fishless Cycling Article and familiarize yourself with all the information. Yes. All of it.

We want to help, and providing this information will go a LONG way to getting a diagnosis and hopeful cure that much faster.

While you wait for assistance:
One of the easiest and best ways to help your fish feel better is clean water! If you are already on a regular water change schedule (50% weekly is recommended) a good step to making your fish more comfortable while waiting for diagnosis/suggestions is to do a large water change immediately. Feel free to repeat daily or as often as you can, clean water is always a good thing! Use of Amquel or Prime as a dechlor may help with any ammonia or nitrite issues, and is highly recommended.

Note - if you do not normally do large water changes, doing a sudden, large water change could shock your fish by suddenly changing their established water chemistry. Clean water is still your first goal, so in this case, do several smaller (10%) water changes over the next day or two before starting any large ones.

Need help with sick dogface

Postby secretdet1323 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:32 am

I have a 150 gallon tank with dogface puffer, snowflake eel, and web burrfish (added about 2 months ago). Feed krill couple times a day. About a week ago, puffer stopped eating and began slightly bumping into things. Also seems to be showing teeth more. Laying on bottom of tank. Starting to see white on edge of tail.
Checked water:
temp 82
pH 8.4
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrate off the chart (been a constant battle)

Have performed 50% water change and treated with PraziPro. Tried enticing with shrimp and clams with no luck. Those would previously drive him crazy... Local "experts" no real help. Any suggestions?
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Re: Need help with sick dogface

Postby Pufferpunk on Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:52 am

Why the Prazi? That's for parasites. Do you see signs of that? If the nitrite is off the chart, then you need to address that with lots more water changes.
What kind of filtration is on there? Skimmer? Refugium? Live rock? Flow?
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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