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Old 06-05-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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New puffer wont eat

Hey all well I got my porcupine puffer yesterday . I tried hikari frozen krill, mysis shrimp and squid but no luck yet . He us just goin a mile a minute back and forth. Should I get real shrimp from the supermarket ?
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I'm not sure about food but IME sometimes my fish just need to relax and get comfortable in the tank and then they will eat. Also you could ask your lfs what they were feeding it
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I did that I told them what I got in my freezer they said all of the above lol. I just don't want to stress him when I take the food out
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Give him some time to acclimate to his new world. If not eating in a week try garlic on the food or live food.
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Give him some time. As long as he's healthy, he'll eventually eat. It might take days or even a week or more. The foods you have tried are all fine- in fact they're probably better for the puffer than 'real' shrimp because they appear more like what they would encounter in the wild. One more thing you can try are raw clams on the half shell. They sell them frozen at the lfs or in the supermarket. You could also just buy live clams and open them yourself. You would just throw them into the tank, and the fish will remove it from the shell.
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Ok i have had brackish puffers before so I was pretty sure the food was good just wanted to be safe tho. I just remember my brackish puffers were all about some food so I figure sw puffer is gonna be a pig too
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If you put a porcupine puffer in the tank (75 gallons) that you started less than 2 weeks ago, you are going to end up torturing that poor fish by trying to run him through a cycle.

He is stressed, in unstable water, and is being housed in a tank that is way too small to ever make him happy.

Do you recommend bateria products for speeding up cycling?
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Really guy how do you know the tank didn't finish cycling? You just assume it's not. Find something better to do than try to call people out. He is in there and eating now and doing fine
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Actually a 75 gallon isn't torture. It is within the recommended range for the fish. He will be happy as long as he isn't crowded with tons of other fish. He will have a long healthy life. I have not had SW for as Long as some of you but I do know lots of people who have personally. And I know personally someone who had one of these puffers in a 75 for almost 6 years. And it died because the tank shattered when my uncle was at work and he had no idea.
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He's saying putting a fish through a cycle is torture, assuming it hasn't yet cycled (even though he's wrong, since the tank is cycled).
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