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Old 07-02-2004, 09:45 AM   #1
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Stars and stripes puffer mouth grown shut!

A customer returned a 8-10" stars and stripes puffer a couple days back. It's top tooth is grown over it's mouth preventing it from eating. I've read about people using a dremel to shave teeth down, how would I go about doing this? Do I just hold him down and file the tooth down?
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Old 07-02-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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ouchh that really sucks !! i dont think id use a dremel but would use a good pair of toe nail clippers !! yea ya gonna have to hold him and do it fast !! he cant eat anything ??
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Yeah, I don't think he can eat at all, his top tooth is completly covering his mouth. I'm not sure if a toe nail clipper woudl do it, the puffer is pretty large but maybe we'll try that first. I read about putting 3-4 drops of clove oil per gallon of water to knock it out first.
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Old 07-02-2004, 12:17 PM   #4
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never heard of that !! but if it doesnt hurt it might not be a bad idea as long as ya readings are from a good source ya know !! why would someone let him get like that !! i have a large 12" stars but he bites on some tufa rock and i feed him frozen shrimp to help with that
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use a pair of wire cutters...they make small pairs of them. The would be strong enough and not too big.
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i have a large 12" stars but he bites on some tufa rock and i feed him frozen shrimp to help with that
I kept a couple good pieces of LR in the tank for my puffers to gnaw on, S&S was about 9" before he went back to LFS and Porcy is about 12". Neither had that problem, but I have heard of it. I was told to tie a piece of shrimp to a small rock from time to time to help keep his teeth worn, but probably wouldn’t help with one that advanced.
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Well, we were a bit nervous about using snipper because of possibly cracking/chipping the teeth, so we used the dremel. It worked really well actually and he looks much better!! I wish I would have had my camera for before and after pics.
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tin snips a good pair will cut most anything
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tin snips a good pair will cut most anything
I was just worried it wouldn't cut even or would crack the tooth due to the curve of the tooth.
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