Puffer Poop

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Puffer Poop

Post by devildog999 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:36 am

Recently purchased a Spotted Congo Puffer and I want to treat for parasites as needed but appropriately. He is currently in a 10g QT tank by himself. Kept many fresh and saltwater fish and I have yet to notice poops that look like this. The online fish store I bought him from (exoticfishshops.com) owner said he had previously medicated for 30 days. Attached 2 pics of this weird to me poop; if this is not normal and someone knows what I need to treat for, I would appreciate all advice.

Thank you in advance

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Re: Puffer Poop

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:50 am

[welcome]
I can't clearly see what you are referring to.
library/hospital/internal-parasites-pre ... treatment/
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

"The solution to pollution is dilution!"

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Re: Puffer Poop

Post by devildog999 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:59 am

I edited my post and swapped out pics with pics that have poop circled. Apologies, sometimes we forget that we know what we are looking at when we took the photo, but of course, others have no idea what to look for in a pic if you don't point it out.

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Re: Puffer Poop

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:34 pm

LOL, I thought that poop was your puffer, because it has eyes! What are you feeding? Often their poop resembles their food.
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Re: Puffer Poop

Post by devildog999 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:49 pm

HAHAHA, when I looked at the photo, I realized they could look like little puffers and not poop, which makes it harder to figure out what you're supposed to be diagnosing for me.

For now, he has been getting raw shrimp, which he has been eating happily. I haven't gotten any snails yet, I have to wait til my day off for a few.

So does that not look like a parasite and just a normal puff poop?

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Re: Puffer Poop

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:37 pm

Looks like the food you're feeding him.
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Re: Puffer Poop

Post by devildog999 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:42 pm

Well that's a relief. It's hard to see it because pics aren't always the best at showing everything, but if you look close, you can see a "tail" on a couple of them and it looks like basically, there's a translucent film encapsulating the inner poop and that tail is the film tied off, so to speak. Is that normal too? Usually when I see fish poop, it just looks like a poop lol

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