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by nmonks
Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Upside down hairy at surface!
Replies: 30
Views: 2802

Re: Upside down hairy at surface!

Is he floating at the surface? Or unusually buoyant? If so, then air is the issue, and I don't see how Epsom salt will help.

Do read Ebert's discussions on un-inflating puffers in the Aqualog book.

Cheers, Neale
by nmonks
Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Puffer's face peeling?
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Re: Puffer's face peeling?

I'm going to channel Bob Fenner here and express my complete disbelief that anything new agey like "Therapy" will have any effect at all. Fish get better because their immune system perks up thanks to better water quality management and diet, or else because of serious, lab-tested, scientific medica...
by nmonks
Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:44 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Puffer's face peeling?
Replies: 17
Views: 4098

Re: Puffer's face peeling?

I'd be treating this fish with a combination of Metronidazole and Nitrofuranace. That's the combination of choice for these Hexamita-like infections on cichlids, as well as pop-eye, bloating, and other environment-induced infections. I'd be surprised if Erythromycin had the least effect! RTR, assumi...
by nmonks
Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: carinotetraodon salivator not doing so well
Replies: 26
Views: 1723

Re: carinotetraodon salivator not doing so well

Difficult to say without a photo. But Costia infections seem common with this genus, and left untreated these will turn from grey patches of slime to bloody patches of sore skin. Easily treated in various ways; primarily with formalin-based medications, but I've found seawater dips especially useful...
by nmonks
Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:02 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: carinotetraodon salivator not doing so well
Replies: 26
Views: 1723

Re: carinotetraodon salivator not doing so well

Greetings, Your water is a bit soft, and swelling can easily be caused by problems with osmoregulation. Yes, these puffers come from soft water. But it's important to remember two things. Firstly, filter bacteria prefer hard, basic water. They work less and less well as hardness and pH drop; below p...
by nmonks
Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: South American Puffer (stocking)?
Replies: 7
Views: 782

Re: South American Puffer (stocking)?

55 gallons for just two specimens is overkill, but yes, they need space. Make sure the tank measures at least 100 cm from left to right and, say, 50 cm from front to back. A 55 gallon tank could house 6 or 8 of them without the least bother, perhaps more, depending on how well it was filtered. They'...
by nmonks
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:39 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: South American puffers
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: South American puffers

Ancistrus and Otocinclus will be fine, but Corydoras are SAP food. Nip, nip, nip. Don't do it!

Cheers, Neale
FahakaPufferFreak wrote:Hi
The cleanup crew would be a bristlnose pleco, 4-5 Otto cats, and 4-6 corydoras.
by nmonks
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Hospital
Topic: I think my puffer is dying
Replies: 106
Views: 3501

Re: I think my puffer is dying

Sorry to hear he didn't make it. It wasn't my fault was it? I was trying so hard Difficult to say. Most fish die prematurely because of the wrong environmental conditions, and most of the time the environment is wrong because the aquarist didn't plan things out carefully. Contrary to popular belief,...
by nmonks
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Hospital
Topic: I think my puffer is dying
Replies: 106
Views: 3501

Re: I think my puffer is dying

You can change more water if you want, even 50%, but you do need to be careful not to expose the fish to dramatic changes in water chemistry and temperature. This won't be a big deal if you have city water that is hard and basic; such water is usually extremely consistent, and provided you add appro...
by nmonks
Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Hospital
Topic: I think my puffer is dying
Replies: 106
Views: 3501

Re: I think my puffer is dying

0.4 what? The units matter. Test kits here in the UK are usually in mg/l, which is roughly the same thing as parts per million. For what it's worth, European Union regulations set the safe upper limit at 2 mg/l, though normal tap water supplies are usually far below this. You actually can't state pr...
by nmonks
Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: I think my puffer is dying
Replies: 106
Views: 3501

Re: I think my puffer is dying

Jeni asked me to chime in here, but forgive me for not reading all seven pages of this thread. So if I say something someone else has already said, I apologise. To start with, if all else fails, concentrate on performing small, daily water changes that don't alter the pH or hardness substantially. I...
by nmonks
Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: undergravel filters?
Replies: 19
Views: 2139

Re: undergravel filters?

I usually did this too. But in doing so, you lose one of the prime features of undergravel filters: good water quality, with minimal water current. A properly maintained undergravel filter is perfect for those fish that need/prefer still water conditions. The "blow" from a powerhead can be too much ...
by nmonks
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: undergravel filters?
Replies: 19
Views: 2139

Re: undergravel filters?

Doesn't the mulm wind up under the plates too? I always considered it like sweeping the dirt under the rug. Yes and no. Mulm accumulates and impairs the functioning of other filters too. External canister filters have long hoses that gradually become clogged, and you need to clear those out every y...
by nmonks
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: undergravel filters?
Replies: 19
Views: 2139

Re: undergravel filters?

I disagree. Yes, organic matter is pulled into the gravel. But with a canister filter it's pulled into the sponges or ceramic noodles. The issue is how easy is it clean the media. If you neglect either an undergravel filter or a canister filter you'll end up with clogged media. The great advantage t...
by nmonks
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: undergravel filters?
Replies: 19
Views: 2139

Re: undergravel filters?

Undergravel filters can work very well. The reasons they aren't used are to do with aquascaping and planting, and not really anything to with their effectiveness. On the plus side: Tremendous surface area for bacteria; very good water quality easily obtained. Low cost; filter media never needs repla...