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Posted By average joe's 11/13/2006 9:16:26 PM
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 Posted 11/13/2006 9:16:26 PM
 

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i have 125 gallon tank, protien skimmer, wet/dry filter, and pump on each side of tank to make a wave effect. about a week ago my puffer stopped eating. i was feeding him frozen krill, swims fine looks fine just wont eat. the rest of his tank mates are eating fine. here is a list yellow tang, snowflake eel, blue girlded angelfish, two humu trigger fish, maroon clownfish, and a powder blue tang. tried soaking food in garlic, tried live feeder fish, frozen peas, and extra vita chem. dont know what to do. any suggestions
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 Posted 11/13/2006 10:21:53 PM
 

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I'm going to move this to Kelly's aka the Puffer Queen BigGrin

She'll be sure you get the help you need.

Maybe you could list your water quality, and if you QTed this puffer (and your other fish)? Also, any chance of a picture? Every time I hear about a puffer not eating I think about Kelly's article here: Puffer Dentistry

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11/13/2006 10:23:03 PM by TippyToeX
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 Posted 11/14/2006 5:14:47 AM
 

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Average Joe,

Welcome to MarineDepot.com.

Amy,

Thanks for moving this thread.

Water parameters would be helpful - especially nitrates.  There is a large bioload in this 125 gallon!

Have you fed the puffer anything besides the krill?  Do NOT give anymore krill.  Try adding Vitamin B12 to the tank or vitamins with B in them.  Try feeding squid, shrimp or crabs from an Asian market

Unfortunately this is a "common" problem with predatory fish especially puffers and lionfish that are fed a diet soley of krill.  This diet leads to dietary deficiencies and a condition called "lock jaw".  While the puffer appears to be thriving - nutritional/mineral deficiencies are insidious and take months to develop.  Once they start or symptoms (not eating) occur, reversal is not always possible. 

Overgrown teeth are a possibility for going off feeds or inability to eat - but with the diodon puffers, overgrown teeth is not problem.  The dental plates are two fused plates.  Arothron puffers (dogface) have 4 fused plates which form the classic "beak" which lends to overgrowth problems.

How long have you had this puffer?


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Joe & anyone else that has a puffer that has lockjaw - if the puffer does not recover, I am interested in obtaining the puffer for necropsy as I am doing my own research on this problem.


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Water parameters are all fine. did a large water change just to try. still wont eat . looks fine swims fine dont know what else to do
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had him 8 months also all the fish in my tank have been together for months. nothing new since i brought the puffer
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What are your nitrate levels?

Have you tried adding vitamin b12 or any of the foods I mentioned in my prior post?


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nitrate level was 20 i tried crabs going to try shrimp today
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Joe,

Any updates?


Kelly

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