Green spotted puffer looks like ich but was told it could be cotton wool

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joebrendz
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Green spotted puffer looks like ich but was told it could be cotton wool

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Just got 4 of these beautiful guys and one has been very weird been super dark out of the box and hasn't changed much since. all parameters are good salt level good. Other 3 puffers are looking super bright and healthy. They are all eating. but then today I noticed these white dots on him. I've had experience with ich in cichlids but not puffers. These dots look way to small to be ich and a buddy said it could be cotton wool any ideas guys here is 4 pics
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Re: Green spotted puffer looks like ich but was told it could be cotton wool

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Looks like a severe case of ich to me. What is the SG?
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: Green spotted puffer looks like ich but was told it could be cotton wool

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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
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Re: Green spotted puffer looks like ich but was told it could be cotton wool

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How long have you been raising the SG?
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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