Sick Dwarf Puffer

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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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katieg525
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Sick Dwarf Puffer

Post by katieg525 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:00 pm

I have a sick Dwarf puffer he has a cloudy eye. I got Melafix and it says to treat forn7 days but to remove carbon filter. Do I keep it removed for the entire 7 days or just while I treat? Thanks for any advice!

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Re: Sick Dwarf Puffer

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:56 am

If your treating for 7 days, keep the carbon out for 7 days. You really don't need any carbon for a FW tank anyway.
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: Sick Dwarf Puffer

Post by eieio » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:05 am

katieg525 wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:00 pm
I have a sick Dwarf puffer he has a cloudy eye. I got Melafix and it says to treat forn7 days but to remove carbon filter. Do I keep it removed for the entire 7 days or just while I treat? Thanks for any advice!
water parameters?
tank size?
water change schedule?
other inhabitants in tank?
food & schedule?
environmental factors can cause problems such as this.
treating with chemicals or drugs might be like putting a Band-Aid on a hemmorage, if there are underlying environmental problems.
.........that's why we ask you to provide the info in the red box, above.
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Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:06 am
Gender: Female
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
Location: Chicago
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Re: Sick Dwarf Puffer

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:55 pm

In her defense, I just moved this to the Hospital forum yesterday.
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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