Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-04-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 3
Porcupine Puffer Problems

I have a 135 gallon aquarium with about 100 lbs of live rock; I have a 5" volitan lionfish, a 4" porcupine puffer, a 3.5" foxface, and a 1" damsel. When I measured my water parameters over the weekend, the ammonia and nitrites were 0, nitrates were 30, temperature was 76, salinity was 1.023, and pH was 8.1.

Over the last week or so, my puffer who I have had for a few weeks has become much more withdrawn. He is dark, will lay on the bottom most of the time, and hides behind the live rock. When I first got him, he was extremely social and at the front of the aquarium all the time. He is still eating regularly. I am feeding him and the lionfish a mix of shrimp, krill, scallops, and squid. I have had him about 3 weeks. His eyes are still iridescent.

I was gone for Thanksgiving for four days during which my roommate fed the tank inhabitants. The herbivores were overfed during this time, which caused an algae bloom. However, I have gotten that largely under control with water changes. The lionfish and foxface seem unaffected. My puffer did have a spat with the lionfish when he was first introduced (the lion was quite aggressive towards him), but that seems to have subsided.

I would love to have any suggestions about what to do for my puffer.
__________________

__________________
loxodonta51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Terrance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,577
How often do you feed him and how much per feeding?

You got any skimmer or growing macroalgae?

How often and how much water changes do you do?
__________________

__________________
Kind Regards,
Terrance
Terrance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 11:57 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 3
I feed him daily and usually 3-4 pieces of food per feeding.

I do not have either.

I have been doing a 20% water change every Wednesday and on Sundays have added a 10% water change for the last two weeks.
__________________
loxodonta51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 12:14 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Terrance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,577
I suggest getting as least an HOB skimmer to improve water quality. Usually without a skimmer or growimg macroalgae, you need to do 50% water change every week. Skimmer would definitely help a lot in addition to your 20% water changes. Every once in a while do a really big water change instead of several small water changes. Bigger water changes take out more polluted water.

Try not to be too generous when you feed your puffer. Feed until tummy slightly rounded. They dont starve easily no matter how much they beg. When he gets a little bigger, you will need to feed every other day but give bigger portions. Eventually you will be feeding 1-2 times weekly when he gets really big.
__________________
Kind Regards,
Terrance
Terrance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
cashmoney6980's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Central Indiana, USA
Posts: 225
X2 with Terrance.

Both lionfish and puffers make a large mess while they eat, then after they eat (poo). A skimmer I'm sure would greatly help the situation. Lions are a lot hardier than puffers, so that may be why he's not showing any distress. Some people even use lions to cycle their tanks..(although i wouldn't recommend it)

But I would also have to highly recommend a skimmer, and larger water changes until you acquire a skimmer
__________________
cashmoney6980 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
porcupine, puffer

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.