Figure 8 Puffer grey spots

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Tofuthepuffer
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Figure 8 Puffer grey spots

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Question: I recently purchased a figure 8 puffer who is about 3/4th of an inch. When I got him he seemed very vibrant and healthy however since he has been put into his tank I noticed a dark mark on his chin(sorta grayish purple in color) Today I also noticed a small amount of darker coloring where his tummy meets his right side. Additionally today he pooped and it was a dark color but has a singular string in it (dont know if that is relevant). He is eating like crazy still and not displaying any lethargic behavior. Was wondering if I should be worried about the little dude. Thank you!!

1) ph:8 ammonia:0 nitrite:0 nitrate: less than 25 salinity: 1.006

2) 28 gallon. Tofu the figure 8 puffer is the only inhabitant. Singular Java fern holding on for dear life and 6 moss balls

3) Feed twice a day bloodworms and twice a week bladder snails. Every week I drop some snails in more hidden spots so he can hunt them. Every week 25% water change (tank is extremely over filtered with a sponge filter and a 200 biowheel)

4) Haven't changed anything since he has come to me :)

5) Aquarium has been up and running since may of 2020. Did a fish in cycle with two mollies my sister bought without knowing anything about. All level have risen and dropped and have not since risen again.
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Re: Figure 8 Puffer grey spots

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Welcome! Really difficult to tell anything without a pic. You're going to have to upload to a photo sharing site & link it here.
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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Will do! I'll get right on that when I get home thank you :D
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Here's the best picture I could get :)
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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
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suvattii
burrfish
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Re: Figure 8 Puffer grey spots

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It really doesn't look harmful or anything. Maybe a bruise? He looks well-fed!
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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