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My poor porcupine puffer is having some trouble. Yesterday I noticed that he was sitting on the bottom of my aquarium - which is sometimes normal for him - but I looked closer and saw that he was breathing very heavily and it almost appeared as though he was coughing. I did a quick water test and my ammonia came out high at 0.25 and my nitrate at 20. Everything else was normal. He was not interested in eating at all, nor does he have any physical signs of an infection. I transferred him to a quarantine tank and added some copper and as of this morning nothing has changed, still sitting on the bottom breathing heavily and coughing. This morning I did a freshwater dip in hope to remove any parasites. Any ideas guys? My brain is starting to stop working. Thanks.
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Did you consider that it's probably the ammonia and nitrite?

Just clean his tank and do a water change instead of just trying random medications...

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I thought that as well - I am doing water changes on my main tank until everything returns to normal. I can't put my finger on what caused the spike -- this is an established tank for about a year now. Hopefully in the next 2 - 4 days everything will be back to normal in my main. I just thought that this is so random that I should post something in case someone knows/has experienced this before. I called a couple of LFS and they suggested adding the copper just in case it was any type of infection. If it is just my ammonia and nitrate, once that returns to normal how long do you think it would be before he returns to himself?
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Well the moving to quarantine was probably stressful, and I don't keep puffers... Can you give him some food treats (live food preferably)? Might perk him up.

Is your skimmer working properly?
What kind of filtration do you have?

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