Fahaka Mouth Growth or Issue

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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.

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)

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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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AlitaPuffer
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Fahaka Mouth Growth or Issue

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Hi all,

My Fahaka has this on the top of his mouth, and I don't ever recall seeing it. From what I can see it goes all the way across. I dont think his beak is supposed to look like that?

I am not sure if this is a growth, bacteria or something else. He is eating shrimp, but he doesn't like to eat hard things, which I've been trying to give him clams, he used to love them. My GH is pretty high, which I'm now realizing I have to fix (180ppm) and my nitrates are at 80ppm, he is due for a waterchange today. Ph is 6, ammonia is at 0, and nitrites are 0, temp is at 79f.

Please help me help my scooter 😞
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Re: Fahaka Mouth Growth or Issue

Post by Pufferpunk »

Is that the pH of your tap water? Tank size, WC schedule?
I can't really tell what that is in his mouth. Are there teeth?
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: Fahaka Mouth Growth or Issue

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Hi!

The PH of the tank is 6, and my GH is actually within range, I read the measurements wrong. I have a 75 gallon tank. And right now, I can't see his teeth 😞
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Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
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lorteti
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suvattii
burrfish
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Re: Fahaka Mouth Growth or Issue

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pH of 6 is VERY low, similar to urine! What is the pH of your tap water? Please answer my other 2 questions. It is possible your puffer's teeth have broken off & they may grow back.
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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