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Old 10-12-2006, 07:45 PM   #1
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porcupine puffer can't eat

My porcupine puffer has been trying to eat but it appears that he can't open his mouth to get the shrimp. He is actively swimming and water parameters are fine. there doesn't seem to be any type of fungus around his mouth. Its just when he goes to try and get the shrimp he can't open his mouth. Please help, is there anything I can do for the little guy? I have been feeding him "Omega" freezer dried shrimp.
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This is from Liveaquaria

"The Porcupine Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth."
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Is there anything I can do at this point?
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I`ve never had a puffer so I`m just guessing as I would try to feed one of those things from the Liveaquaria quote. Maybe some puffer experts will answer.
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you might want to try www.thepufferforum.com
they have been very helpful to me in the past.
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I agree, it is possible he has not been able to trim his fused teeth. Can you get to a local grocery store and but fresh, raw clams or something with a hard shell?
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I have seen this on more than one occasion. When there are excess heavy metals, there is this reaction.
Investigate all possible sources of toxic metals; from hose clamps and plumbing to pumps and possibly even source water.
If you deal with a lot of evaporation the unwanted metals are constantly compounding.
Look into Polyfilter by Poly-bio Marine. It is a filter media that strips out toxic and heavy metals. Good stuff.

After a couple of Polyfilters and possibly a couple of water changes with reverse osmosis water, you should notice the puffer's lockjaw disappearing.
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thanks everyone.....I will try the filter media and see what happens. thanks again.
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I have tried the Polyfilters and there were no excess heavy metals. Does anyone else have any suggestions on how I can save my porcupine puffer?
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Polyfilters and excess heavy metals was not the only answer on this post. Other good answers were given also.
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