Hairy Puffer Colour Changes

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pdiddy
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Hairy Puffer Colour Changes

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Hi there! New to the world of pufferfish and just got a hairy puffer. I’ve read that they change colours based on their mood, and just watched my hairy turn from a dark muddy brown to a pale pink before my very eyes.

I was wondering if then turning lighter is a sign of stress or being in a good mood?

Also I know they are pretty sensitive to water parameters. At the moment Ammonia and Nitrate are undetectable but Nitrates are up between 40-80ppm (using API). it’s quite hard to tell the difference between the 2 reds, but all I know is that it showed red. It spiked up pretty fast even though I just did a water change 3 days ago, and prior to that once a week. Anyway, this seems pretty high and just wondering what the cause might be.

Any help is appreciated!

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Re: Hairy Puffer Colour Changes

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This species is one of the most adept at camouflage & will change shades of color & pattern at will. Please post tank size, water change schedule & how exactly the tank was cycled.
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Re: Hairy Puffer Colour Changes

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Hi Pufferpunk!

Thanks for the reply :D Tank size 60 gallons (upgrading to a bigger one once I move house), and I regularly do water changes once a week.

Cycled with a raw shrimp as I couldn’t find any pure ammonia, and didn’t have an existing filter to put in either. Have been testing the water daily since I got my hairy a week ago just to monitor the parameters. Once it spiked I did a 20% water change to try and manage it, but hope I didn’t stress the fish out! This water change was done just 3 days after a regular weekly one.

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Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:06 am
Gender: Female
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
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
Location: Chicago
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Re: Hairy Puffer Colour Changes

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60g is certainly large enough for this species. Are you thoroughly stirring the substrate before each WC?
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