What's Wrong with Blinky s Tail?

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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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Deania Lynette
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What's Wrong with Blinky s Tail?

Post by Deania Lynette » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:45 pm

Hello,

I bought a sick green spotted puffer fish. I have "her" in a hospital tank. I have been using Melafix. I have not seen an improvement. I purchased api lifegard and jungle fungus clear can I use this with my new baby? I have started ( only had her for days now ) moving her to a brackish tank by slowly increasing salinity. It is at 1.0004 the pH is 7.4. Are all normal. I do a partial water change daily because she's in a small hospital tank and is a messy eater. Please advise!!!!!

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Re: What's Wrong with Blinky s Tail?

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:28 am

[welcome]
Do you have a photo?
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: What's Wrong with Blinky s Tail?

Post by Deania Lynette » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:51 am

I'm so sad.....I used api for her.....now she's dead. Please tell me the meds a green spotted puffer can not have so I will not do this in the future

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Re: What's Wrong with Blinky s Tail?

Post by Deania Lynette » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:02 pm


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Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:06 am
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My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
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Re: What's Wrong with Blinky s Tail?

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:58 pm

:rip: I'm so sorry! It looks like a bigger problem than just his tail. If you could answer those questions above in red, we could help you better understand what might have happened, in case you might want another puffer.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: What's Wrong with Blinky s Tail?

Post by Bleedingheartmommy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:16 am

I am so sorry sweetie, I know it never gets easier losing a beloved puff. He likely had the most comfortable days of his life with you, you have a huge heart for even trying to save her.

Though I do not have enough info to do a thorough diagnosis, I see something very worrisome in the tail- the coloration that starts from the end of his body (where the tail starts) and out into the tail itself, the foggy pink? That is septicemia, which is heartbreaking to say- once this has happens they are all but incurable. Septicemia happens when a pathogen or infection has become blood bound and systemic. I do not believe it was the meds that took her life hun, she had much worse going on inside then we will likely ever know.
"Genetics loads the gun, and environment pulls the trigger."-Brené Brown

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