Digesting shells

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lightsout
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Digesting shells

Post by lightsout » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:55 pm

So I crushed a half shell clam to get my puffer some crunch time and noticed my puffer swallowed some pieces of clam shell. Is a puffers digestive system built to break down shells?

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Re: Digesting shells

Post by Welch4 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:21 am

Yes it is.
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Re: Digesting shells

Post by scpion » Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:16 am

I dun think they can break down/digest the shells but they will poop them out. So it's normal and nothing to worry about. It's amazing how they can process the shards through their guts... Mine used to gobble down chunks of them.
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Re: Digesting shells

Post by Welch4 » Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:08 am

The shells will not rip their insides the only time you can run into an issue is if the puffer cannot pass what it has eaten. This is usually a rare occurrence I remember a post about a year back of someone's porky that swallowed a large Astrea snail whole before they went to operate the puffer finally passed it.
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Re: Digesting shells

Post by scpion » Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:16 am

Well.. My ex Mbu had got large shards stuck halfway at the an*s many times when it's pooping it out.. It normally pass thru the guts ok. But coming out at the exit point would sometimes be a little more tricky..
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