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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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F8 puffer side fin missing

I just got done cleaning (20% water change) and started feeding my brackish puffer tank when I noticed my glass fish was not eating. After pulling out the glass fish and putting it in a hospital tank I then noticed my F8 puffer curled up in a balling sitting at the bottom of the tank. It looks like he is missing his right side fin. It appears that is no longer there and he is babying that side as well.

Do any of you know if this is lethal to a F8 puffer? Is there a chance that the fin will grow back? Any of suggestions are welcomed!!

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I just got done cleaning (20% water change) and started feeding my brackish puffer tank when I noticed my glass fish was not eating. After pulling out the glass fish and putting it in a hospital tank I then noticed my F8 puffer curled up in a balling sitting at the bottom of the tank. It looks like he is missing his right side fin. It appears that is no longer there and he is babying that side as well.

Do any of you know if this is lethal to a F8 puffer? Is there a chance that the fin will grow back? Any of suggestions are welcomed!!

Thank you!
This sounds like a bad mix. Glass fish need freshwater and figure 8 brackish. Glass fish should be in a school of at least 5. You need to make some changes. Typically, a figure 8 would be too aggressive for glass fish. What are your water parameters? Do you have another fish that would have bitten the fin? Any signs of aggression?

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This sounds like a bad mix. Glass fish need freshwater and figure 8 brackish. Glass fish should be in a school of at least 5. You need to make some changes. Typically, a figure 8 would be too aggressive for glass fish. What are your water parameters? Do you have another fish that would have bitten the fin? Any signs of aggression?
I bought the Glassfish from a LFS that had them in a brackish tank and that is how I kept it. I have only had it for maybe 2 weeks. I actually had 2 others but they did not survive. I actually got the the "dye-injected" glassfish because they were on sale and I wanted to see how they would do with the puffer. Up until now, they have done extremely well together! There has zero aggression between either fish and there are no other fish in the tank.

Currently salinity = 1.008
Other parameters = n/a

Additionally, I got the glassfish as tank mates for the puffer and the LFS told me they were brackish fish. From the little research that I have done, these fish can be kept in brackish conditions.
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Update: The puffer did not lose his fin... thank goodness! Huge sigh of relief

After a little lounging around, he finally started to swim around and acted like nothing even happened. When he was acting sickly, it almost looked like he puffed up. I am thinking that he might have gotten scared when I was trying to get the glassfish out. I have never noticed him puff before, so if he actually did puff it may have been his first time and it could have freaked him out. Who knows, lol, I am just relieved that he is back to normal.
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