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LillyAnn828
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Help! Blue spotted acting possessed

Post by LillyAnn828 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:39 am

Can anyone tell me what could be causing my blue spotted puffy to suddenly act like he's possessed?! He started a few days ago, swimming around and turning to his side like he was looking for something. Yesterday, when I came home, he swam up and did his usual happy-to-see-me routine and then...swam across the tank like he'd seen a ghost, tail fanned out and almost swimming into a rock. It got worse from there, the same frantic swimming but started doing these freak-outs, almost like throwing himself at the substrate or small rock in the tank, using his tail to throw sand everywhere and the odd side-turning. As "sunset" started he calmed some and did sleep like normal, but here I am watching the tank rise and he is already starting to do it again. Water all checks out, no changes. No new additions to the tank. We did do a small carbon bag in our sump because we realized filter sock accidentally got washed with detergent. Only other change has been the addition of a light; running 2 fluval 59 watts because 1 wasn't enough on our 72 gallon bow (we have full sump, protein skimmer, good flow). Lighting schedule same though, and all else in tank is business as usual. I'm so worried; he's my baby. Any idea what could be wrong? Anything that can be done? 😕

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Re: Help! Blue spotted acting possessed

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:13 pm

That is a sign of nitrite poisoning. Are your test kits up-to-date? What are the exact parameters?
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: Help! Blue spotted acting possessed

Post by LillyAnn828 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:30 pm

Thank! We have brand-new (well, 2 weeks old) Salifert tests for everything; also have an ammonia alarm. For a second opinion, we took a sample to our amazing LFS guy and had him test...all good. Thankfully, Puff is his usual self today!! Got up this morning, afraid to look, and there he was - swam to the top l, did his little good morning dance. Sheer relief. 🥰 All is well in the tank again. Oddly enough our little goby died, so something was definitely going on. We did a small water change, pulled our hammer corals that were struggling and added a grounding prope. Could have been any of that...or none of it. The woes of having a beach in your house.

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Re: Help! Blue spotted acting possessed

Post by Pufferpunk » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:32 pm

It's all pretty weird... Glad he's acting normal again. Keep a good eye on him though.
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: Help! Blue spotted acting possessed

Post by LillyAnn828 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:36 pm

I have been; worse than a new mom with a sick baby. He's had a couple of moments where I wasn't confident that he's 100%, but nothing close to the horrible shape he was in. We have noticed that our clowns are pairing. They've been a little pushy with him...wondering if that's stressing him out. We also replaced dried krill with the meaty, frozen ones. Has anyone ever heard that the dried shrimp can affect them?

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My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
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C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
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lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
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Re: Help! Blue spotted acting possessed

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:44 pm

I hope you're feeding them more than Krill. It is not a very good diet for them. Go to our library and read the articles on feeding. Lots of great options there!
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: Help! Blue spotted acting possessed

Post by LillyAnn828 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:11 pm

Funny you mention that...we were mostly; some pieces of Frenzy here and there, but mostly the freeze-dried krill. We also were guilty of over-feeding (he begs so cutely!) and have significantly cut that back. It's made a noticeable difference - he's being his happy, attention-hogging self! Thanks for the direction on feeding, though. I will definitely take a look. I don't ever want to see him that distressed again.

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