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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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puffer fish disease, need diagnosis!

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I HAVE HAD MY DOG FACE FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS, NO PRBLEMS. NOW, HE HAS GONE ALMOST COMPLETELY WHITE, INSTEAD OF HIS USUAL GREY COLOUR, VERY SLOW MOVEMENT, DOESNT LOOK HAPPY.
WATER PARAMRTERS ARE ALL NORMAL, he's been eating normally up until yesterday. Does anyone know what is wrong with him?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 05:27 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum.

He does look kind of rough in the picture. Does he look like he's been sprinkled with salt?? If so, he's got a pretty bad case of Ich.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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Yeah I thought it was ich, but he has a stringy bit stuck on his nose, not sure what that is? I thought it was ich, what do you recommend as the best course of treatment?
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I'd use the heat method. Slowly raise the tank temp. to 86 degrees Farenheit and leave it there for 10 to 14 days and then slowly bring it back down to normal. Good gravel vacs and frequent water changes throughout treatment would be a good idea.

I've never owned a puffer so please check their heat tolerance before trying this.

If they can tolerate higher temps, I also suggest adding an airstone to the tank while you are treating to help with oxygenation. Here's a good link on understanding the stages of Ich and treatment options.

Ich | The Skeptical Aquarist

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Does ich,make their eyes look glazed over?
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Yes it can.

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The eye becomes cloudy almost to the point of whiteness and the fish lose vision. The causes behind this disease can vary. An increase in parasites in the aquarium is the most common cause but severe stress, old age, or malnutrition can all lead to this condition. Treating this condition requires an investigation of water quality. Once the water quality is high enough, the fish will usually recover by themselves within 1–2 weeks.

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