Baby puffer won’t eat

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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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Baby puffer won’t eat

Post by jek283 »

I have three baby GSPs in a 60 gallon tank.
Brackish water with 1.008 parameter.
PH 7
GH 120
KH 0
NO3 25
Other two puffers are eating well. But my one comes up and smells the food but won’t eat and then lays at the bottom.

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Re: Baby puffer won’t eat

Post by Pufferpunk »

Try soaking the food in a crushed garlic clove. What foods are you offering?
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Re: Baby puffer won’t eat

Post by jek283 »

Blood worms. Krill. And brine shrimp. I will try that. Thank you! I started to a dewormer and antibiotic just in case.

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Re: Baby puffer won’t eat

Post by eieio »

aren't you concerned about your nitrite level?
what's your ammonia level?
what kind of test kit are you using?
what kind of dewormer and how are you dosing it?
the antibiotic may do more harm than good in the long run if there is no infection that it is formulated for.
krill is like "crack" for puffers, very addictive, and sometimes causes health problems on its' own (lockjaw).
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