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Old 02-06-2010, 09:09 AM   #11
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Thank you all for all the informative information that has been posted to my issue. I haven't checked the water parameters because all my large Angela are still eating and thriving and I thought that the angels would be more touchy than the puffer if the water was poor. But it seems that the puffer was stubborn at eating and after 10 tens or so has began eating ghost shrimps. I will feed the puffer other natural food selection such as clam, mussels, and crab instead of krill. I have tried the formula 2 stuff but was primarily for my angels...but will get some formula 1 and see if the puffer will eat that. Again, thanks for ALL of the tips. Have a great day!
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:57 PM   #12
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Thank you all for all the informative information that has been posted to my issue. I haven't checked the water parameters because all my large Angela are still eating and thriving and I thought that the angels would be more touchy than the puffer if the water was poor. But it seems that the puffer was stubborn at eating and after 10 tens or so has began eating ghost shrimps. I will feed the puffer other natural food selection such as clam, mussels, and crab instead of krill. I have tried the formula 2 stuff but was primarily for my angels...but will get some formula 1 and see if the puffer will eat that. Again, thanks for ALL of the tips. Have a great day!
always glad to hear the puffers doing better, and eating again.
mabey it was just a hunger strike, idk, just glad its better for you now!
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:32 AM   #13
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I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but a consistant diet of krill causes lockjaw in puffers, especially the porcupine (Diodon holocanthus) species.

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Old 02-17-2010, 03:09 AM   #14
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I would for sure add some fresh squid to that list of regular foods. I buy them at the grocery store in the fresh/frozen fish section, the label reads frozen fresh squid. You can cut it and thaw small pieces at a time in a cup of tank water, but keep the pieces bite sized for the puffer or he likely won't eat them. I have always had great luck with squid, especially the tentacles, and its a very healthy part of their diet. (all things in moderation)
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:43 AM   #15
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I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but a consistant diet of krill causes lockjaw in puffers, especially the porcupine (Diodon holocanthus) species.
This comment can be supported by reading information published by Kelly Jedlecki, who is widely know in our industry as an expert on Pufferfish. At last update, Kelly was in the process of publishing a paper on the topic. Kelly is a long lost acquaintance of mine from when she was a pharmacist here in the Louisville area. I have had personal conversations with her on the negatives of feeding freeze dried krill, as well as on the benefits of feeding garlic. I have documented this well on TFK in dozens of threads.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:46 PM   #16
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My Puffer is doing the same exact thing!

Hi, I saw your posts guys & my puff is doing the same darn thing, exactly!

I have only been feeding him/her frozen krill. Do you think that lock-jaw set in? If so, does it go away?

It's been a week since he's eaten. He goes for it but then snubs it & swims away slowly.

I thought it was his teeth, so I put him under, did a lil snipping & brought him back, but that wasn't it. And now he hates me!

I am going to try some Squid, Clams, Mussels, Crab & Formula 1 over the next week or so.

Any advice & suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:59 PM   #17
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Try the garlic trick... it is an attractant.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:29 AM   #18
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I had the same issue but mine wasn't related to food or a water issue, it was from overcrowding which stressed the puffer. I'm not sure if it was one fish in particular or just not enough freedom, but after monitoring the tank and relocating an aggressive trigger and feisty grouper, the puffer bounced back within 48 hours. I also was guilty of only feeding my puffer frozen prawn and after reading the comments on this website I quickly added clam, squid and scallop (picked up from my local fish monger and kept frozen until feeding time) into the mix. It doesn't hurt to find a few good food soaks, too. The puffer seems to go wild when the Garlic soak hits the water, very entertaining. Hopefully your puffer is doing better but also consider overcrowding as a factor especially if live rock is occupying valuable tank real estate.
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