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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-07-2015, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy GSP stopped eating, black stomach

Hi. I have a juvenile, about 2-3", green spotted puffer. Have had him for two weeks, when we first got him he was very happy and active. Wouldn't touch the frozen blood worms but attacked and devoured any snails we put in. Also started feeding him live super worms (as that is what they were fed at the store) and he loved them! Would gobble them up as soon as they hit the water. But just recently he has lost all interest in the super worms and snails.. Tried giving him pieces of shrimp and he got excited, took one bite then left it alone. He is still fairly active, swimming around a decent amount but has had a black stomach for a few days and no longer recognizes or follows you at the tank. He also seems a bit over reactive and jumpy.

He is in a 75 gallon tank with lots of decor, 1 large discuss, 2 medium discuss, a very large catfish and a large plecostomus. The water is low end brackish, levels are all fine, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate and very low ammonia. Just did a 25% water change and do one every few days.
Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions I really want this guy to get better :/ all other fish are fine.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2016, 02:34 PM
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I have a GSP and had the same problem when the salinity levels were too low. The salt levels should be at low end around 1.005 and at a high end of 1.20. It'll make the Puffer more comfortable and less stressed. I also think that you should change his tank mates especially when you change his salinity. Discus are NOT brackish water fish. A Puffer with a black belly usually means the Puffer is getting stressed and is not happy. Good luck.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2016, 02:54 PM
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Cloudy water issue.

Ok so I have a 75 gallon brackish water aquarium. Inhabitants include a Green spotted Puffer, a Figure 8 Puffer, a knight Goby, and a Tiger Datnoid. The water temperature stays around 75-80 degrees. I have an emperor 400 biowheel filter, all updated pads and charcoal. Water chemistry is at a normal, and all tested fine. There isn't too much or too little amount of light and the tank is not located in sunlight.
My issue started when I recently moved, about two months ago. I had to start up the tank over and set it back up from scratch. I originally had gravel, and some fake decor. Filled the tank and got all the levels to a normal. Fish have always been fine. But not the water. The water never cleared. I did a few water tank changes and just recently removed the gravel and some decor with new decor and sand substrate. The water continued to cloud.
More water changes. Algone pads changed for the last two weeks. And now even clarifier being used. Still no effect. This Cloudy water is not going away. Fish are still fine water levels fine. Cloudiness will not clear! Help please. Has anyone ever seen this and how often can I use clarifier? I've had this tank for years and this has never happened.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-05-2016, 12:23 PM
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Not sure what is up with your GSP but get the discus out of that tank ASAP or they will die as they are 100% FB from the amazon & need soft water & a low PH of around 6
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