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Old 08-18-2010, 07:39 PM   #1
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Porcupine puffer looking strange

Hey my procupine puffer has a bizaare condition going on all of the blue is gone out of one eye and his skin on a good portion of his head is all faded is the best way to describe it. Its way lighter than the rest of his body. Here is a pic. he is still eating and swimming around. Is there any chance he got poked by the lion fish? Would that cause this type of result? Everyone else is fine in the tank and water conditions are good. Thanks for any input.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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Hey my procupine puffer has a bizaare condition going on all of the blue is gone out of one eye and his skin on a good portion of his head is all faded is the best way to describe it. Its way lighter than the rest of his body. Here is a pic. he is still eating and swimming around. Is there any chance he got poked by the lion fish? Would that cause this type of result? Everyone else is fine in the tank and water conditions are good. Thanks for any input.
What is "good". That don't tell me anything. We need numbers please...
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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Sorry, I should have been more precise
Salinity- 1.019
PH- 8.2
Amonia-0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate 60
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Usually a lionfish sting will cause necrosis where the tissue fades to an opaque to gray, kind of what is displayed in your picture; however, that doesn't mean your poofer was stung either. How is it behaving? How long have you been observing the discoloration? Can you see any lesions or entry point of where it could have been stung? If you believe you need antibiotics then something along the lines of Nitrofurazone, Maracyn 2, or Baytril (whatever is easiest to get a hold of). Medicate either as a bath (bucket can be used) or in a QT, not your main tank.
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I just spoke with my fish shop buddy and he says the diagnosis isnt good he said it is a bacterial thing and he has been unable to find an effective cure over the years and there is a chance it could infect my burrfish as well. I will start putting antibiotics on there food and cross my fingers.
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I think you have some serious hyposalinity going on... What are you using to measure it?
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I have both a refractometer and and floater what do u mean by hypo?
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I'd raise the salinity a tad. It will help the healing process of whatever may be ailing it by allowing it to maintain homeostasis better.
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Just checked it again with both units and it is between 1.019 and 1.020 I will do a water change and bring it up a tad
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What antibiotics are you putting into its food? The meds I mentioned will take care of bacterial infections, but if injury due to lionfish sting then at least those meds will prevent infection and soothe the wounds. I would also perform a large water change and get those nitrates down along with a carbon addition.
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