Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 03-28-2006, 08:03 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DSM Iowa
Posts: 34
does it take long for a puffer to adapt to new tank

I have a 110gal with about 160lbs live rock, 2" live sand bed, with couple snails, 15 or so blue legged crabs, 3 clowns, 2 pep shrimps, a spotted hawkfish, and the porcupine puffer. Tanks has been running for about 6 months. Water parameters are all normal except for one cant remember what it was if it is important i can recheck and give them. But the question is 1 week ago i bout the puffer, hawk, few more crabs, the 2 shrimp and 2 of the clowns. All of them eat except the puffer i have flake's, dried blood worms, dried shrimp, frozen shrimp, and dried krill he hasnt ate anything. Does it take them a long time to adapt or something wrong? Other thing about 2 days after i got him he got sucked into the power head got him out and his 1 eye turned white and lips where red but that has gone away for the most part. Even still up to the time he got sucked in he still hadent ate a thing. And id say he is about 3" long.

erawtik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2006, 09:31 PM   #2
Posts: n/a
Your food choices for this species are not the best. Puffers will do best with fresh frozen (never fresh) shellfish/crustaceans. I suprised it has not shown interest in the snails and hermits. Dried/freeze dried foods are pretty much the worst thing for puffers in general. It will lead to nutritional deficiencies and bowel problems/infections.

Try inshell shrimp, squid, scallops, mussles and the like. Feeding with the shell will help keep the puffers teeth in check. If not biting hard materials, the teeth will eventually grow over the mouth opening. Make sure all have been previously frozen to kill any parasites. It's quite rare anything will happen but why take the chance. You can also add some vitamin B12 to the water to help stimulate a feeding response.

I would also urge you not to add that many animals all at once. Even though it is a larger tank, you increase the potential for problems. I would also strongly suggest you QT all your animals prior to adding them to your display tank.

  Reply With Quote

long, puffer, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Redo of 29g tank into puffer tank new2betas Members Freshwater Tanks Showcase 2 03-18-2009 07:54 AM
Barrier Reef 'can adapt' to warmer climate flanque Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 07-18-2007 09:24 AM
setting up a puffer tank in a 20 Long! need advice. exodus Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 06-23-2006 07:51 PM
Puffer tank MarineFlake Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 08-27-2005 06:16 PM
How long does it take a fish to adapt? pittchic Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 03-01-2005 10:30 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:18 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.