Weird Dwarf Puffer Behavior possibly dying? Help

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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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Weird Dwarf Puffer Behavior possibly dying? Help

Post by Katesuzsloan »

Our dwarf puffer started acting weird today( will attach pictures) I need help! It’s belly is big and white and shiny.

1. Ph is at 7.1 nitrate and ammonia at 0
2. 10 gallon aquaponics tank with two dwarfs
3. They get a mix of brine shrimp and blood worms daily and one live shrimp every two weeks(it takes them forever to eat it). Water changes at 50% every week and a half (they get grumpy if water is changed too much) stress coat with each change
4. We added some new plants two weeks or so ago
5. They’re been in a new tank for about three weeks and have been fine until now. We let it filter for two weeks and all levels were consistent before we pu them in.

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Re: Weird Dwarf Puffer Behavior possibly dying? Help

Post by eieio »

tank is not cycled @ your ammonia & nitrate levels.
what is your nitrite level?
are you using a liquid test kit or test strips?
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