8 figure puffers feel sick

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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.

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Alexander Kh
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8 figure puffers feel sick

Post by Alexander Kh » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:39 pm

Hi , 2 weeks ago has been set up tank 150 gal, 1 week ago were added 4 biocellatus (2")and 4 GSP (1 1/4 ")(i know -the tank isn't cycled).
Water: Ph 7.8 , sal. 0.005 and rising +0.001 p/week (table salt NaCl) , temp. 77F . Changes 25% twice a week.Ammonia 0,5mg/l. Nitrate and nitrite can't say anything rifht now, tests are out of date.
Filtration water pump power head with PU sponge , 4 tank value p/hour.
Feeding: 1 time p/day, freezed squid or 3 shrimps (1 1/2 inch) or 3 live slugs (of the same size) .

soon after the puffers was bought i saw small (5mm) transparent threads under the mouth of the one of 8-fig.puffer . And eye of the other one 8FP became cloudy . Puffers were breathing very often, one of them (maybe not only one) had constantly opened one gill , and gill on the other side constantly was closed and flipnear it kept close to the body.

I had a lot of different freshwater tanks before, and problems like that (whith warms and damadged by them gills) were solved many times whith praziquantel based drugs. the puffers had 2-hour "bath" two times at this week,threads disappeared ,but problems whith breathing and gills are present. Some of them eat very bad , lay on the ground or quickly moving near front side of the tank/

It all about 8FP, GSP have natural behavior . They eat very well , slowly moving around the tank , exploring all around. Only one of them have a little clouded eye now.

I don't know what i have to do now . It is first time when i have such problems whith tank starting.


English is not my native language, so please be kind to my mistakes.

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