Problem with GSP

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Since this board has been up, we have found there are several questions that routinely get asked in order to help diagnose problems. If you can have that information to begin with in your post, we'll be able to help right away (if we can!) without having to wait for you to post the info we need.

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)

4) What changes you've made in the tank in the last week or so. Sometimes its the little things that make all the difference.

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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Amatsuki
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Problem with GSP

Post by Amatsuki » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:24 pm

Hi I was wondering if some one can tell me how I can help one of my GSP’s. I bought 3 at the store 2 days ago one of the 3 I bought has a black belly which it already had when I got it.

My tank levels are
PH 8
NO2-0
NO3-5ppm
NH3/NH4-0
Tank size is 150 gallons

The GSP with the black belly won’t eat anything even though it’s belly is starting to turn white again. Does anyone have any suggestions.

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Re: Problem with GSP

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:21 pm

[welcome]
Any other inhabitants in there? SG? What foods are you offering?
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: Problem with GSP

Post by Amatsuki » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:33 pm

I only have the 3 puffer fish in the tank
I feed them salt water ghost shrimp, live krill, crabs, and some silver sides

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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
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Re: Problem with GSP

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:42 pm

Discontinue feeding them fish, they are not piscivores. Have they been treated for IPs? I am concerned about the live krill possible passing parasites to them. Where in the world do you even find live krill? What's the specific gravity?
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Re: Problem with GSP

Post by Amatsuki » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:29 pm

I managed to get some live krill a year ago and put them in a tank and they started breeding.and as for the silver sides I figured I would try them and the other 2 puffer fish seem to like them. And the puffer fish that is having problems was already like that from the store.

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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
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Re: Problem with GSP

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:50 pm

Too bad--never buy a fish that doesn't look 100%. I'd treat for IPs anyway.
library/hospital/internal-parasites-pre ... treatment/

You are breeding the krill in a marine tank?
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Re: Problem with GSP

Post by Amatsuki » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:44 pm

Yes the krill are in a full marine tank with a gravity of 1.025
The gravity in the tank with the puffers is 1.012 as they get older I will increase the salinity until I have full marine conditions.

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