GSP Constipation???

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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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GSP Constipation???

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Hi there! I am new to the forum so I will try my best to include all the required information! I am a pretty new puffer mom, although I have had a variety of freshwater fish for almost 10 years now. I bought an adorable GSP (his name is Huey!) in December and he has been doing fantastic! Today I noticed that his abdomen is pretty bloated, every though I had not fed him yet today. There was some poop in the tank, but minimal. He is still active and inquisitive, maybe a tad more standoffish today that usual. I fed him just a few bloodworms to see if he felt well enough to eat and he devoured them! My question is - can puffers suffer from constipation? Or is it possible that he has an intestinal parasite, being that he was wild caught? I did not notice any bloating until today.

Tank Conditions/Water Parameters:
Tank - 30 gallon, he is the only inhabitant! Fluval 207 canister, with an air stone, sand substrate (Cichlid sand to keep pH high), I use Seachem Prime to condition the water and Stability during water changes
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrates - 0
Salinity - 1.008 (I use Instant Ocean)
Temperature - between 70-80 degrees
Weekly water changes (25-30%)

The tank has been set up for several years, but the filter and substrate are newer, approximately 3 months old.
Huey eats frozen bloodworms (thawed), clams on the half shell, and ramshorn snails (I have a separate 10 gallon set up for snails only)


Thank you in advance for any input! I love Huey already and I really want to keep him healthy and happy :D
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Re: GSP Constipation???

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Welcome!
I find it odd you have no nitrate in an established tank?
Generally, thinness is a sign of IPs, not chubbiness. What does his poop look like? White/stringy is also a sign of IPs.
If he isn't pooping, you can add 1 tbsp Epsom salt/10g for constipation.
How often are you feeding Huey?
No need for Stability in a cycled tank.

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