Puffer dentistry

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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.
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Puffer dentistry

Postby SquidInk » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:19 pm

http://interactive.sheddaquarium.org/20 ... istry.html

I was just curious if anyone has read this?
The calcium cubes are and interesting idea, what kind of calcium powder are they using?

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Re: Puffer dentistry

Postby Pufferpunk » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:09 pm

That's funny they'd offer this... I had to bring their long-toothed SAPs to their attention. They were starving to death!
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: Puffer dentistry

Postby kcartwright856 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:11 pm

Wow... look at that "before" picture.

Thanks for bringing them to their attention, PP. Sometimes someone just has to speak up.

Those blocks are an interesting concept.

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Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
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Re: Puffer dentistry

Postby Pufferpunk » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:08 am

I did, years ago. They also had GSPs labeled T fluviatilis.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: Puffer dentistry

Postby SquidInk » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:49 pm

Maybe you're observations here show that their cube idea isn't as full proof as it sounds in theory.

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My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Chicago
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Re: Puffer dentistry

Postby Pufferpunk » Tue May 01, 2012 1:28 am

Ya think??? Those poor SAPs were starving to death! :shock:
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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Re: Puffer dentistry

Postby define999 » Thu May 03, 2012 2:52 pm

Interesting idea..... My puffer is getting a little long in the tooth and I have read the puffer dentistry article here. Im scared though.... I just wish I could get a group of pond snails growing in my other 30 gallon tank but I have a Trumpet snail problem in there?


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