Humpback puffer regurgitating

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Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by benji787 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:06 pm

pH 7.5, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate all zero or the lowest colour possible on the api test kit

35g and the only thing in the tank

so i recently purchased a humpback puffer from craiglist and for the last two nights there have been chunks of super worm floating at the top of the tank in the morning

yesterday it at a pill bug i dropped in the tank and that was not regurgitated, only the super worms.

I haven't fed it any super worms since aquiring him, only the previous owner a few hours before i picked him up. (which is now about 48 hours ago)

Should I be concerned? He seems healthy other wise... he ventures in and out of his cave from time to time but I haven't tried feeding him anything else besides the pill bug.

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Re: Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:51 am

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Super worms (giant mealworms) are extremely difficult to digest, because of their hard outer shell (chiton). Try Epsom salt (1 tbsp/10g) to help with constipation & stick with foods from this list: library/feeding/feeding-your-puffers/
Great find, BTW!
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Re: Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by benji787 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:33 pm

thanks for the reply! will toss out the remaining superworms the seller gave me.

** just checked his post again today he's now giving the rest of his tank away for free!!!!

17 inch arowana and 2 green terrors. man if i had the room. he's dismantling a 180g which did house my humpback, the 3 guys above and a gold gourami. i still did get my fish for a 1/4 of the LFS price soooo i shouldn't be complaining lol

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Re: Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:19 pm

I'm very surprised your puffer didn't tear those other fish to shreds.
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Re: Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by benji787 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:39 pm

yeah i asked him and he said no aggressiveness shown in the 3 months he had him! my dp's on the other hand lol that's another story

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Re: Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by benji787 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:44 pm

didn't want to start a new topic but i notice now whenever i feed my puffer crayfish it'll scarf it down and there will be nothing left in the tank but then the next morning i see chewed up shell fragments all over the substrate, is this just the same issue as with the super worms? is it normal puffer behaviour or should i stop feeding them anything they seem to barf back up?

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Re: Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:24 pm

I see that a lot with my big Pignose. Possibly getting rid of undigestable shells?
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Re: Humpback puffer regurgitating

Post by benji787 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:26 am

oh good, so normal behaviour? nothing too concerning. thanks!

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