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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question please help my MBU puffer,thx

I bought a 6 cm MBU puffer. at the beginning, he is very good.
he even can eat mussel without any shell. but now he only eat small clam with shall.

my questions are:

1) since last week, there are some cottony grain around his body, especially on his back, face and wings. at beginning, i thought these might be sand. but they are just keep stick on his body, even on his eye. before he has a tank mate, which is a silver shark. the silver shark has this kind of cottony grain around body, and doing some strange behaviour. and i took the silver shark from the tank. does it influence my MBU puffer? ( I attach the picture of my puffer, you can see the cottony stuff)

2) when the MBU puffer is eating sth, he only eat some and spit out half, sometimes even spit out whole food he took. i know MBU is messy. But I don't understand: does he eat anything?

Someone can help??

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please help me.....thx.....
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looks like Ich? is it flashing and scratching against objects? if so...

should start to raise the tank temp to the low 80s and start adding some salt.




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looks like Ich? is it flashing and scratching against objects? if so...

should start to raise the tank temp to the low 80s and start adding some salt.

Thank you. But can you please tell me what is "ich"? I don't understand.

and What is the correct temperature for MBU puffer?

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Ich is a parasite that fish can get. Raising the temperature and adding salt will treat, or anti-parasite medicine.


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As long as the Ich parasite is protected inside its cyst, it is virtually impossible to get to - the levels of medication that would be necessary to affect the parasite inside the cyst would kill the fish as well. This is why we must focus on the free-swimming tomite stage when the parasite is much more vulnerable.

Bring up the water temperature to 85-88 degrees F (if you think you fish can handle it).
As mentioned above, Ich can attach itself to the gills of fish and make it hard for them to breathe. It is therefore a good idea to increase aeration in the aquarium to keep the levels of oxygen really high. Adding more aeration is especially important if you increase the water temperature since cool water holds more oxygen than warmer water.
Add roughly one teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. (You can adjust this amount depending on how salt tolerant you fish are.)
Carry out a series of water changes and clean all the gravel. Changing around 50% of the water once a day is recommended.
Continue the treatment for at least one week, since you can only kill the free-swimming Ich parasites. The speed of the life cycle is temperature dependant (it will for instance take three days at 80 degrees F) and continuing treatment for an entire week is recommended to be on the safe side.
If this is not enough to combat the Ich outbreak, you need to visit your local fish store and pick up some anti-Ich medication. Unfortunately, the Ich parasites seem to become more and more resilient towards treatment each year. Lazy aquarists and pet shop keepers are often tempted to constantly use medications to fend off disease, instead of devoting themselves to frequent water changes etcetera, and this makes it easy for resistant strains of parasites and bacteria to develop.

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+1 excellent post.

I would go for 10 days vs 1 week.

What size tank if your guy in?




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redchigh and invertplanet pretty much nailed it but i just wanted to say you have an awesome looking mbu
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actually the parasites in the cysts dont ultimately kill the fish. it so happens that itch is just a parasite looking for a good current. since the best current in an aquatic life is the gills, the itch will begin to reside here and will ultimately kill the fish through suffocation. .

also if you have too much trouble a fishless cycle will work for curing the itch. just simply have no fish/life in the tank for a while. (4) months
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any update as to how he is doing?

Did you confirm that it was ICH? or just sand sticking to the slime coat? It is possible to have an internal parasite infection that will irritate the throat and moth area so that he / she will not want to eat.




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