Porcupine Puffer Belly

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Porcupine Puffer Belly

Post by Garch0mp » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:52 pm

Hello!

I wanted to ask why porcupine puffer's belly has split discoloration! One side is white with the other often being an orange-y color.

He also was recently bitten by my snowflake eel that I gave back to my LFS a few days ago; now my porc has tiny white marks by his eye and lip (I'm assuming from the bites).

I had completed a tank transfer a few days ago and now it seems my tank is recycling (not fun). So all my water parameters are out of wack (I keep the salinity a bit higher than usual to reduce the toxicity of ammonia and nitrite). Thankfully I put more live rock in my aquarium (helps add more good bacteria)!

Behaviorally he's nearly himself. Still always greets me and is a complete hog, but I did notice he doesn't explore as much as he usually does.

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Re: Porcupine Puffer Belly

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:27 am

Can you post a good pic?
Do a large WC & add Bio-Spira cycling product.
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: Porcupine Puffer Belly

Post by Garch0mp » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:42 pm

It's really difficult to so I don't think I can but I'll try to in the morning.His belly seems to be often that way but not always. I'll probably add some bacteria starter product as well, but those bottles are expensive. :)

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Re: Porcupine Puffer Belly

Post by Garch0mp » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:51 pm

Alright, sorry for the very late response! It's very hard to get a good picture of the color difference on his belly, but I can say, it's white on one side and then a darker shade of yellow on the other side. Really weird! Also sometimes I notice little white marks on his face, which I assume could be from him trying to squeeze through crevices to get bits of his food.

Also, he seems bored oftentimes, pacing up and down or resting in his usual spot. I was thinking of getting some macroalgae for not just for his play and stimulation but for water quality. What do you think? :)

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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: Porcupine Puffer Belly

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:46 am

How large is his tank? Can you post a shot? How much live rock is in 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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