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by nmonks
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Amazon Puffer- OK behavior????
Replies: 15
Views: 130

Re: Amazon Puffer- OK behavior????

Do see how he behaves if you hold a mirror up to the glass. As PP says, these puffers do seem to be gregarious, at least under aquarium conditions, and unusually for pufferfish, are perhaps best kept in groups. It is normal for them to burrow into the sand when resting, or to hide among plant roots ...
by nmonks
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Hospital
Topic: SAP Shaking
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: SAP Shaking

Assuming the fish is feeding normally, and behaving in the usual way otherwise (e.g., curious about its world, interacting harmlessly with the other SAPs, etc.) I'd not medicate yet. I would (as others will doubtless suggest) perform frequent water changes over the next few days in case there's been...
by nmonks
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Considering moving 2 Saps to my Dwarf P tank
Replies: 4
Views: 572

Re: Considering moving 2 Saps to my Dwarf P tank

Colomesus asellus has been reported from brackish water habitats, and as you say, can tolerate some salinity for extended periods. Fishbase says much the same thing, but I'm concerned that reports of specimens in brackish water may be mistaken reports of Colomesus psittacus , a species that has fre...
by nmonks
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: New modestus- different behavior?
Replies: 20
Views: 1531

Re: New modestus- different behavior?

Whatever you do, don't rush. It takes a minute for the puffer to be sedated. Assuming wet hands (so you don't damage the fish) and some degree of physical competence with the cuticle clippers, the tooth trimming of a small puffer takes 30 seconds. Even a minute shouldn't harm a healthy fish provided...
by nmonks
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: New modestus- different behavior?
Replies: 20
Views: 1531

Re: New modestus- different behavior?

Pufferpunk wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:10 pm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Thanks for the clarification!
No problem! Hopefully you'll be able to get someone with a vet background to comment though. If there is a difference between MS-222 and eugenol, I'd like to know about it!

Cheers, Neale
by nmonks
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: New modestus- different behavior?
Replies: 20
Views: 1531

Re: New modestus- different behavior?

There's no real practical difference between clove oil (eugenol) and MS-222. They are both depressants that cause fish to become sedated. Overuse of either is terminal, and there is an extensive veterinarian literature on the use of MS-222 for euthanasia, and the beginnings of one of eugenol as a us...
by nmonks
Mon May 23, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Species name of GSP
Replies: 4
Views: 1275

Re: Species name of GSP

A few thoughts to this, solicited by Pufferpunk earlier today... Dichotomyctere is the correct and changed genus name... It's the current name anyway, and only "correct" if other authors in the field take it up and use it. Repeat after me: "The genus name is an artificial construct that has no biolo...
by nmonks
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Dog faced puffer with lumps HELP
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Re: Dog faced puffer with lumps HELP

Almost certainly viral... looks like lymphocystis or similar to me. No cure, but not normally fatal either. As PP suggests, fish biologists suspect an environmental linkage between lymphocystis and something in the water... typically heavy metals. Review, and act accordingly. Optimising water qualit...
by nmonks
Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:09 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Growth on Bumblebee Goby
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Re: Growth on Bumblebee Goby

Well, without further evidence either way, I'd simply change the salinity upwards and see what happens. No freshwater parasite is likely to survive SG 1.010 for example. That should deal with most things.

Melafix and Pimafix are hopeless!

Cheers, Neale
by nmonks
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:00 am
Forum: The PufferPedia
Topic: Looking for 2 papers on Carinotetraodon
Replies: 4
Views: 4197

Re: Looking for 2 papers on Carinotetraodon

Have you tried writing to the authors? Ralf Britz is at the NHM in London, I think... hmm... yes, here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/about-science/staff-directory/life-sciences/r-britz/index The postal address is there, and if you were to send a stamped, addressed envelope, he'd have to be...
by nmonks
Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: How large a tank for a pair of carinotetraodon lorteti
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: How large a tank for a pair of carinotetraodon lorteti

Yes, except RTR lives in the US--he'd never use liters. Perhaps. My point was merely those numbers made sense in litres, and so (without the units being given -- which is EXTREMELY bad writing, RTR's or anyone else's) there's ambiguity. Ideally, RTR should fix that article if it's an important sour...
by nmonks
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: How large a tank for a pair of carinotetraodon lorteti
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: How large a tank for a pair of carinotetraodon lorteti

"I do not operate any 90s, but when I have set for multiple F-8s in a tank I have used a120 or a 180. I have never set a 75 with more than 3 F-8s. I honestly doubt that the tank (or a 90) could handle more." This makes a lot more sense if you treat the numbers are LITRES rather than GALLONS. 90 lit...
by nmonks
Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Male irrubesco: belly wrinkle anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 1245

Re: Male irrubesco: belly wrinkle anyone?

I have never seen this particular dimorphism described before, I wonder if others have noticed it...or maybe my male is an old wrinkled guy? :) Could well be unique to your specimen, or particular to the population from which it was collected, or indeed something that occurs among some but not all ...
by nmonks
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: How to distinguish the baby sabahensis and GSPs ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2985

Re: How to distinguish the baby sabahensis and GSPs ?

You probably can't distinguish them without DNA analysis. Some scientists have written that even Tetraodon fluviatilis and Tetraodon nigroviridis have so much variation within each species ("polymorphism") that you can find some fish that are genetically Tetraodon fluviatilis but look like Tetraodon...
by nmonks
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTB Amazon Puffer
Replies: 30
Views: 5451

Re: WTB Amazon Puffer

I don't believe any experienced hobbyist would confuse these two species. Nowadays, perhaps not; but does seem to have been pretty common in the past. Look at Sterba for example, or earlier editions of Baensch. Hence my point. As someone who did his PhD in taxonomy and naming species, I can assure ...