I got a valentini for Christmas. It was doing fine, eating well, then it just started hanging out topside and then laying around the bottom. It eventually died, within I'd say 20 minutes of the time I noticed it was acting weird. It was eating well the day before, this happened early am.
I tested my water, everything was fine, got a couple damsels to add to the tank and they are doing fine.
I got another valentini puffer. This time I did a very careful acclimation. I floated the bag in the water, then opened it and added 1/2 cup of tank water to the bag every five minutes for about 20 min, then removed half the water from the bag and repeated the process.
Yesterday this puffer was eating well and seemed fine, then he found a perch on top of a plastic plant and just stayed there into the evening. Today he was dead.
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 15
- 8.0 (Aquarium Pharmeceuticals test)
- 8.1 (Hagen test kit)
Temp - 77
Acclimation process from liveaquaria.com, their sites says ph
should be 8.1-8.4. I have not tested the alkalinity. Their site says 8-12 dkh
, but my test kit reads as 105-125.
Any ideas? I don't want to be a fish killer!