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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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figure 8 acting strange, maybe sick?

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one of my figure 8 puffers is acting very strange. i came home last night and he was swiming up to the top of the tank, and then diving down to the bottom, crashing into everything it can, then repeating the process. i was worried that the little guy might be dying so i added just a little tiny bit of instant ocean to get some salt in the tank, bc it is a freshwater tank (which i just found out yesterday that they should be in brackish water). he made it through the night, but now hes just sitting in one spot under a log, not really doing anything. is this normal? could he be sick? any input would be most helpful thank you!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 04:18 PM
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Maybe stress from the new tank... Is he breathing heavy or anything?

Better post up your water levels before the pros get in here.
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I'm no expert so I may be wrong on this, but my guess would be the lack of salt in the tank. When I first got my puffer (GSP) I didn't know much, and started off with him in a freshwater tank. He was incredibly stressed, disoriented, and unhappy. So to me, this sounds like the same thing.
Figure 8 puffers need a low salinity level, I believe around 1.005 sg.




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we will need the ammonia levels, nitrite levels and nitrate levels, tank size, how long the tank was set up etc....

blindly crashing into things is a symptom of nitrite poisoning.

For testing, you should be using a quality liquid test kit... not the dip strips.

ohhh BTW.. never add salt directly to the tank... always dissolve it is water first.




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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ring-like spots on belly??

my puffers all have things ring looking spots on their bellies...anyone know what that could be from? they're acting normal, eating good...i dont know what it could be? the nitrate is a little high, i was gonna go to the fish store and have them test it, but since i dont trust their input on what to do i figured i would ask on here first. hellp!:) thanks!
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a photo would help but if it is circular, it is most likely a bite from another puffer. That happens when they are kept in overly cramped conditions during transport and at the LFS.




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