Figure 8 Puffers not responding to treatment

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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)

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.

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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.

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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Figure 8 Puffers not responding to treatment

Post by Bwspuffer » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:29 pm

Desperate for ideas. I had three figure eight puffer purchased from a fish store about three weeks ago. They exist with two Siamese algae eaters. 20 gallon long planted tank with only HC to carpet. I treated with API general cure at first purchase to deworm. Everything was fine and eating well. Fully freshwater with plans to transition to brackish. Unfortunately they developed Whitt fluffy patches that progressed to cover large portions of skin and eyes. I treated with Maracyin and ICH X but I lost two puffers doing that with lower doses of medication in a hospital tank. I am now thinking it’s fungal and tried API fungus cure with Victoria green B and Acriflavine but the last guy doesn’t look well and I am worried. He was swimming strangely and appear to shake so I removed him from this medication. I ordered Marcyn oxy but it hasn’t arrived. Any advice appreciated. Pictures all said too large to load but appears as tiny white tubes coming off his body and fins. PH 7.0 ammonia 0 nitrates and nitrites also 0

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Re: Figure 8 Puffers not responding to treatment

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:00 pm

How exactly was this tank cycled? You are overburdening the biological filtration by the extra fish. 20 gallon minimum for 1 F8 is recommended. What test kits are you using? You should be showing nitrate. What SG is the tank now?
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