Hi there, I bought the spiny box puffer over 6-months ago. He always eats and has grown from about 4 to 6 inches. It's his appearance that concerns me. A few months ago I noticed a brownish haze and brownish spots forming on his fins. I'm not sure if its a parasite, fungus, or something else but the haze/spots continued to get worse. It did not appear to be ich.
I removed the puffer and the rest of the fish (3 clownfishes who were starting to flash on the LR
) to a QT
. I treated the QT
with Coppersafe, and Mardel parasite and fungus cure. After two weeks all the brownish haze/spots were gone (and the clownfish were no longer flashing). I kept all the fish in the QT
for a total of 60 days then removed the copper and put them back in the main tank. It has been a week since the puffer has been put back in the main tank and I am starting to see signs of the brownish haze/spots again. Has anyone had a similar problem w/ the spiny box puffer? recommended treatments/cures?
My Main Tank Setup:
90-gallon marine tank with three saddle back clowns and a spiny box puffer. Several invertes (puffer too lazy to hassle them) including 12 emerald green crabs, 20 hermit crabs, 3 peppermint shrimp, 6 turbo snails, and a BTA. Protein skimmer, 100-pounds live rock, Total 495 watts lighting w/2, 150-watt MH
, power compacts and lunars. Ammonia & Nitrite = 0, Nitrate = <10, specific gravity: 1.024. Using Sea-Lab 28 to maintain calcium at 400 ppm
and trace metal concentrations.