Help please!

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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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Help please!

Post by Puffermother »

I came home to find one of my Spotted Congo Puffers looking very sluggish and she has some odd tan fuzzy spots on her. I am not sure what to do so I have moved her to a hospital tank to keep her safe from the other puffers. She was in a 75 gallon community tank with 3 other Spotted Congo Puffers, 2 Siamese Algae eaters, a Butterfly Pleco, 2 small Kribs, 2 Flag Fish, and 1 Paradise. They have all been together for months now with no problems except I caught my puffers mating a couple days ago. The Ammonia is 0, Nitrites 0, and Nitrate is 0. The tank is cycled and has been for months now I just have it heavily planted. Has anyone else seen this before and can you help me figure out what it is please? To me it looks like wounds but maybe it is an illness that I have just not seen. She is very sluggish and didn’t want to eat today. The other Puffs and fish are all looking good
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Re: Help please!

Post by Pufferpunk »

What test kits are you using? You should be showing some nitrate.
If they were just breeding, it could be bites from their mate.
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