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higher water temps deplete O2. A water change will help with that, but I wouldn't teat a bacterial infection unless you see signs of one. It can and will crash your tank. You'll have dead fish and have to start over. If you do decide on a bacterial treatment it has to be in a separate tank.

Good water quality will also help the fish's natural immune system fight off infection.




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higher water temps deplete O2. A water change will help with that, but I wouldn't teat a bacterial infection unless you see signs of one. It can and will crash your tank. You'll have dead fish and have to start over. If you do decide on a bacterial treatment it has to be in a separate tank.

Good water quality will also help the fish's natural immune system fight off infection.
Thanks, sadly we lost the little guy on Thursday night. My partner came down on Friday morning to find he had passed away. To be honest, he had been getting worse, moving less and staying in the corner with his head down. Didn't stop crying all day Friday. Have been away seeing family since then but still keep wondering what was wrong. We treated with Myxacin (if I've spelt that right) which was recommended by a local pet shop and were advised to put in half the normal dose (we put in slightly less). Unfortunately it was probably too late by then. The other fish is fine, seems very happy with good colouring and eating as voraciously as ever. It's just frustrating not knowing what was wrong. I'm still wondering if it was his teeth which were very long. If so, I'm going to make sure we keep on top of the other one's teeth.
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sorry to hear that it passed :(

Puffers are not the easiest to keep. This forum, actually advocated that only advanced aquarium keepers possess them.

4 things to look for on a daily basis:
Activity level
Feeding habits
Color
Stool (poop)

Hint: That last one can tell a lot if the puff is healthy or unhealthy.




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sorry to hear that it passed :(

Puffers are not the easiest to keep. This forum, actually advocated that only advanced aquarium keepers possess them.

4 things to look for on a daily basis:
Activity level
Feeding habits
Color
Stool (poop)

Hint: That last one can tell a lot if the puff is healthy or unhealthy.
Thank you for being so sympathetic and helpful. I'm still pretty upset but it's taught me to keep looking for those signs every day. My other puffer is still looking good and swimming over in anticipation of food. I shall be checking him on a regular basis every day and looking for those things you've listed above. While I'm here, do you have any advice or experience when it comes to teeth trimming? I've read that you can use small doses of clove oil to sedate the fish in a separate tank or tub, before trimming with cuticle clippers. Is that correct?
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Thank you for being so sympathetic and helpful. I'm still pretty upset but it's taught me to keep looking for those signs every day. My other puffer is still looking good and swimming over in anticipation of food. I shall be checking him on a regular basis every day and looking for those things you've listed above. While I'm here, do you have any advice or experience when it comes to teeth trimming? I've read that you can use small doses of clove oil to sedate the fish in a separate tank or tub, before trimming with cuticle clippers. Is that correct?

There is a Youtube video about trimming teeth, and I've read a couple different products that can be used, one is the clove oil. You've got to be very careful doing this (obviously) :) I think the key is keeping them from growing like that in the first place. I'm sorry to hear your little guy passed. Sounds like he was loved.

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no clove oil ... use MS-222. Clove oil is believed to be carcinogenic. It requires increased doses to put it under with each treatment. With MS-222 that is not the case.




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