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Old 12-09-2004, 11:06 PM   #1
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Puffer Fish??!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi i have had my porcupine pufferfish for about 3 weeks. Recently he has white dots on his body and fins, i thought it might be ich but he doesn't rub himself against anything he just "lays down" on a rock. He is usually perky and enjoys when people are around the tank(likes to follow fingers) but he seems lazy now. his color is brown but when he lays down he is very pale, until i tap on the glass, he then follows my finger and he gains his color back.

Any ideas? if it is a disease how do i cure him.

hes the pride and joy of the tank, even though we have a majestic angel...thats how perky and fun he is

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Old 12-09-2004, 11:25 PM   #2
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never seen a puffer scratch them selves ! id try to keep your water quality as high as you can and watch him !
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Old 12-09-2004, 11:32 PM   #3
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water is perfect, and has been. we got 4 new fish about 5 days ago
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Old 12-09-2004, 11:40 PM   #4
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thats allot of fish to add that fast to any tank! puffer can shake of ich better than most fish imo but ya might have allot of issues with the others
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Old 12-10-2004, 12:17 AM   #5
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We just got rid of our porc puffer but he recently had ich. He never scratched, was covered in ich and even his eyes turned white instead of blue. We used coppersafe on him and he completely healed up and was in excellent health when we got rid of him. That's the first case of ich that I've ever seen reversed and fish lived. They must be very hardy fish and they are big on personality. Good luck with yours. I didn't hear you mention quarantining the 4 new fish 5 days ago.
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Old 12-10-2004, 10:50 AM   #6
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My guess would be Ich... from what I have read the PP are ich magnets.
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some on my other fish are starting to get it too, what should i do? what is the best ich treatment since i have live rock?

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Old 12-10-2004, 04:46 PM   #8
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the only treatment with lr is to pull the fish :-(
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Old 12-10-2004, 05:04 PM   #9
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I have always heard that porcupine puffers were prone to ich and they should not be treated with copper based meds. It can burn them.

That said, I have had a few puffers over the years and none ever had ich.
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ditto mainly sand stusk to them which i thought was ich
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