Sick Green Spotted Puffer

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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.

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Sick Green Spotted Puffer

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Hi everyone! This is my first time posting on here and I’m desperate for help. For my birthday I got two juvenile green spotted puffer fish. I did a lot of research and started them out in freshwater with the intent on shifting them to brackish. After a week they were doing great and I did a 1/3 water change in which I shifted the salinity. As directed by the store personnel, I added 1/4 cup of Instant Ocean per gallon (30 gallon tank). My hydro meter red 1.014 which is okay, but I thought they would be comfortable. They were fine for four days then all of a sudden one refused to eat and died the very next morning. My other puffer was super attached to the little guy, it broke my heart. That morning. We tested the salinity and it read 1.032! So we removed a percentage of the water and added fresh but it kept reading 1.032! By the time we had basically transitioned the whole tank back to fresh my other buddy is really upset. He’s completely black with labored breathing, clamped fins, and little movement for a little over a day. Turns out the hydro meter was broken so I’m not sure what the salinity was originally however the guy at the store said my measurements were accurate. I don’t know how to save this guy. I’m not sure my water parameters by number but I had them tested by two different stores and were told they were perfect. I don’t know how to help this little guy. I’m thinking he’s maybe depressed or super stressed? I want to add either live rock, Ich medication or stress guard by the guy at the store told me to leave him alone and let him figure it out. Any advice? Also, how many cups per gallon would you guys recommend for light brackish water? Thank you!
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Re: Sick Green Spotted Puffer

Post by Pufferpunk »

Your tank was uncycled & still is! I would get some Tetra Safestart, do a 90% water change & add the product to your filter. Get an API Master Test Kit & check for Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate & pH. Until all those remain stable for at least 3 weeks, forget about adding salt.

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