Medicine Cabinet for puffer fish keeping

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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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Medicine Cabinet for puffer fish keeping

Post by Ozcar »

Hello fellow puffer fans,

I'm about to get Irrubescos (tank is currently cycling) and I was wondering which drugs you are using preventive for new puffers, which illnesses are common for red-eye puffers and which drugs may be useful to have at home.

Currently all I have is beta-glucan for my shrimp. I've read somewhere people also use it for fish but I did not do my homework yet and looked up if that makes sense.

Also I was wondering if you use vitamin supplements or something like that? Some people use garlic apparently and obviously gut-loading is a good idea, but what are you using for that? Just vegetable or also vitamin supplements?

I know there's probably no 'right' way to do it and people have different experience with different things, so I'm just hoping for some input and fruitful discussions. :grouphug:
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Re: Medicine Cabinet for puffer fish keeping

Post by Pufferpunk »

I soak all foods I am defrosting in Vita-Chem.
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: Medicine Cabinet for puffer fish keeping

Post by Ozcar »

Vitamins sound good, I'll get some.
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