What am I doing wrong?

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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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What am I doing wrong?

Post by ucxk033 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:57 pm

I received a brand new F8 puffer on Wednesday. I had him quarantined and was monitoring water parameters morning and night as I did not want to put him in my big tank until I knew he was healthy and also I needed to get him introduced to the brackish water as he was shipped in fresh water. He was not eating and I was just trying to offer different foods. When I came home on Sunday he had already passed.

I was optimistic because we got another F8 puffer from them and he has been doing great.

I just do not know what went wrong. I noticed his colors were a little pale when I received him. He did not have a lumpy belly and it was white.

I had tried mysis shrimp, shrimp, scallops and krill.

Did he go to long without food?

I had worked his salinity up to 1.002.

Is there anything else I could have done? Did I miss something?

His water parameters were fine.

Should I not order puffers from online?

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