Constipated Porcupine Puffer

Discussion in 'Fish Diseases' started by morninwood, Jan 2, 2012.

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  1. morninwood

    morninwood Bristle Worm

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    Hey guys,

    My puffer hasn't eaten in 3-4 days.
    Has tried to eat once, but ended up chewing the meat and spitting it out. But usually ignores food.
    I can see how this is my fault as his diet consists of mainly shrimp, he rejects most snails, crab, seaweed, squid, fish, krill, etc. Really picky puffer.

    I looked online and saw three methods so far:

    Feeding Peas
    Wait it out
    Putting him in a QT with epsom salts

    Wanted to ask you guys what you think is best before i started anything
     
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  3. morninwood

    morninwood Bristle Worm

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    Found out epsoms salts are for fw fish. good thing i didnt try that.
    Fed him peas. he seems to really like them. hopefully they work
     
  4. morninwood

    morninwood Bristle Worm

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    If anyone comes across this forum with the same question...

    Peas worked well.
    Dont feed the shell of the peas.. and make sure to wash them out
    but for some reason peas is the only thing he wants to eat now..
     
  5. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hmm

    I know in Hawaii before it was illegal I used to feed wild procupine fish frozen peas all the time when diving, they love it big time, but naturalist complained and you can no longer do so. They stated it was bad for the fish, why I do not know.

    When I kept them I feed Sea Urchin roe, and a whole host of other things. For the most part they were not picky and ate just about any thing that fell in the tank, sometimes that included smaller fish.

    Perhaps PM members Incognito or Schmekel (sp) or Inwall aka moderator Curt.

    Seems like it would need some meat types of protein.
     
  6. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    small pieces of hard boiled egg is a great sub for protein :)