Sick Puffer? How bad is it?

Discussion in 'Diseases' started by MaMoL, Apr 23, 2007.

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  1. MaMoL

    MaMoL Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

    Apr 23, 2007
    My puffer is sick, i think. I've had the puffer since Thursday and whatever it is on him started yesterday afternoon. Any clue what this is? and how to fix it possible/necessary?

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  3. chrisANDbarb

    chrisANDbarb Fire Worm

    Feb 5, 2007
    can you give us a little more info? list test resultes from every test kit you have. how long has the tank been running?
  4. Black_Raven

    Black_Raven Scooter Blennie

    Apr 5, 2004
    Woodbury, MN,Minnesota
    Does the skin look like its peeling of and then white underneath? It could be due to trauma to the skin like infection. I would strongly consider doing a pH, temp adjusted FW dip with methylene blue and then place in a QT tank and treat with maracyn or some other broad spectrum antibiotic. Dont wait too long because you may reach the point of no return and the fish will die.
    Many people will argue against this comment, but I believe in being aggressive when it comes to treating sick fish. More fish are lost because of a wait and see attitude. Puffers tolerate FW dips very well and most antibiotics are tolerated very well by fish. If you dont have a QT tank at least do the FW dip which may buy you some time till you can buy a 10g tank and heater with a small filter or power head. Even a rubbermaid tub willl do.

    By the way, I checked Wetwebmedia, Aquarium, Pond, Marine and Freshwater Fish, reef tanks, and Aquatics Information and other people have had this happen to their PP puffers.