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Old 02-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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HELP! Fish Seizure!?

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Type of Fish: Dwarf Puffer- probably nearing maturity. I was in the process of a water change, adding water & dechlorinator when I saw it happen. The puffer starting spazzing (twitching) uncontrollably then immediately sunk. I grabbed the net and nudged him. Gone. Not only did I pay a nice dollar for these fish, but me and my younger sister had grown quite attached to these miniscule cuties.
I checked the tank parameters with the API Master Test Kit. The results were:
ph: 6.8
High ph: Not Tested
Ammonia: close to 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: close to 0ppm

The tank specs are as follows: Standard 20gal filtered with a Fluval U3. Setup in November 2012, and completely stablized by late December 2012.

Fellow tank mates were 2 other dwarf puffers and 3 otos. No other strange behaviour and symptoms.

Upon removal from the tank, I attempted to study the puffer for abnormal coloration and markings, but with the small nature of these guys, it proved next to impossible.

I think I answered almost everything from the checklist...
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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im guessing that ur tank is fresh? dwarf puffers need brackish, and later full marine salt tanks 2 thrive. sorry for the loss! those guys are cute, but i never got one for that reason...
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:48 PM   #3
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Are u sure I know the green spotted and the figure 8 need to be brack then salt but I think I have read on here that dwarfs are fresh only
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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These puffers are freshwater all about them here: Dwarf Puffers : Home
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #5
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Well, more bad news. Checked the tank this morning: all the other fish passed away.
So I sucked the tank dry and got rid of the live plants (sold them).

Anybody have any clue what might've happened? I've read about massive tank death before, but I was always under the impression it typically happened in less than 24 hours. In this case, it was closer to 48 hours.

I figured some sort of disease, so that's why I sucked it dry.
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It doesn't sound like a disease at all. The problrmd started right after a water change right?
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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Did you add dechloranator then add water or add water and then dechlorinate?
You should have a little nitrates, were you heavily planted? Are you sure you added your prime? Change water conditioners? If they were maturing, are your sure they didn't need brackish water?
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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Did you add dechloranator then add water or add water and then dechlorinate?
You should have a little nitrates, were you heavily planted? Are you sure you added your prime? Change water conditioners? If they were maturing, are your sure they didn't need brackish water?
I use the Aqueon Water Changer, so as its filling up I had added the dechlorinator.
I did have some nitrates- the color was reading in just a tad darker than 0ppm. That, and yes, it was heavily planted.
I had never used Prime, but I did use a similar product that I injected into the substrate.

Either way- whatever the cause, I'm assuming its gone, after I sucked it dry. I refilled it, cranked the heat, changed the times on the timer for the light and added some API Quick Start.

I'm leaving the tank be for a couple days, then I'll do a full panel water test, water change, etc.
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