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Old 12-18-2005, 08:39 PM   #1
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sick valentini puffer!

Up until this morning, my puffer was seemingly healthy. Earlier, i noticed that his skin color had changed on half of one side and the top of his body. It has a darker rough texture, and has recently started to sort of peel... He hasn't eaten anything today, and seems to be either up at the top of the tank, or hovering at the bottom with very heavy breathing. I've tried looking up a diagnosis with no luck. Help!

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Old 12-18-2005, 09:36 PM   #2
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Also, it's been in the tank for a few months now, with no problems and also with a bengaii cardinal and 2 turbo snails. There is some live rock, along with sand. I've checked pH levels and nitrate levels (nitrates were a little high, so i did a water change). He's swimming around the tank ok, but is maybe having buoyancy problems? I've seen him flip upside down a few times. My cardinal appears to be unaffected.

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Old 12-20-2005, 09:17 AM   #3
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Please post the water quality numbers for your tank. Please include pH, NH3, NO2 and NO3. How do you prepare your SW for water changes?

Buoyancy issues can be caused by a great many things but if there has been nothing new added to the tank or the puffer has not been physically damaged, foods fed are the leading cause. Either too old, improperly stored or the wrong type altogether. They can lead to blockage or bacterial infections.

So far what you are describing sounds like a toxic water situation. Please answer as many of these as possible....

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