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Old 05-19-2015, 07:40 PM   #1
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Poor puffer

My saddled Toby has had this protruding side of his belly for a few weeks now. I thought it would subside but it has not. He acts ok, went through a lethargic stage for about two days a week ago so I thought we would die. I can't get him out of this tank, it's a 90 gallon corner and he's too smart (I tried a ton) it's only the right side, I added two photos. The store I purchased him from has a good reputation but they couldn't help. I've fed him frozen peas the last two days and he loves them (I don't have to direct feed him as the other fish have no interest in the pea) Any suggestions??? Click image for larger version

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Well the bulge has gone down but now he has a hole there and you can see the inside of his belly through it. So he's doomed.


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Old 05-23-2015, 01:03 PM   #3
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Well the bulge has gone down but now he has a hole there and you can see the inside of his belly through it. So he's doomed.


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It maybe time to euthanize him then, can we see a pic to understand the severity?
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puffers like to sleep in the sand so catch him at night ,
this may sound odd but it will work crazy glue the flesh together and QT him till he is healed completely ,
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Poor puffer

I ended up euthanizing him. The hole was pretty big. It's almost like his belly "popped" and this huge hole remained. He was my wife's favorite fish. He's in fish heaven now.


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Old 05-23-2015, 06:15 PM   #6
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I ended up euthanizing him. The hole was pretty big. It's almost like his belly "popped" and this huge hole remained. He was my wife's favorite fish. He's in fish heaven now.


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So sorry to hear that he was a beautiful puffer. Maybe try another and do an extra long quarantine to make sure??


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I ended up euthanizing him. The hole was pretty big. It's almost like his belly "popped" and this huge hole remained. He was my wife's favorite fish. He's in fish heaven now.


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That's too bad.


Uhmmmm, do you know what popped out and where it is now?
I would hate to think that some parasite larvae just got released into the tank.
what did your lfs have to say about it?
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God that sounds horrible. Guess I have to wait and see. I don't believe in flushing fish in the toilet so he got a Viking funeral outside in our pit.


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Terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Perhaps someone will know what this could have been.

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