Puffers belly turning grey

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-01-18 18:38

that's about 1.5 tablespon/imp. gallon about 1/3 of the way to brackish (depending on how brackish you want it)
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-18 18:41

BTW, got a new ph test kit while i was out too. Ph is testing 7.8.

That is in the good range for puff, and from what I can tell the by the hydrometer im on my slow and lovely way to brackish (1.015).

Btw the reason i only do water changes every 4 to 6 weeks is I rinse and clean the filters weekly, and test water weekly. Granted this is the first time we have had puffers, but all my other tanks run well on this routine.
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-18 18:44

Not sure how brackish i want it, actualy was going to let puff decide on how brackish he wanted it :D , figured I work our way to 1.015 and go from there.
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-18 21:05

Bleepied bleep... just spent some time at puffs tank and noticed that one of the tiger barbs went after puff!!!!! So sat there to keep a watch for awhile and once again the barb bit puff near the tail on his side. Well out came those beast :ph43r: and their lucky I put them into the quarantine tank and not the porcelain bowl. Well at least now I know partly why puff was stressed. I figured that puff could hold his own but guess not.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-01-18 21:29

HI Surface,
All I can say without reiterating to much is that puffers and for that matter most, if not all scale-less fish are not to receptive to changes in water parameters, be they for their good or otherwise. As long as you understand this and, the fact that when adding salt you will be increasing the pH, (I am sure you do) then you will be successful in the end. Take it real slow, even if it means a month or two to get them acclimatised. Something else which comes to mind and, I might of missed somewhere along the way; what is the pH of your tap water? Could it be that your in a soft water area?
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-01-18 21:33

Just read your last post, I sincerely hope that was your problem and that your actions has solved your delima.
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-18 21:52

Mick, BTW the tapwater ph here runs 6.4. Guess for now just watch and keep checking the water, and wait. I did put a half dose of Melafix in after I took the barbs out. Thanks
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Postby Kev » 2006-01-18 22:12

Please tell me you werent adding the salt directly to the tank itself? :mellow:
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-18 22:17

Come on now mate, I know there are moments when I make myself worry about my sanity but wasnt sure that it was obvious to all. :lol:

Salt was mixed and dissolved in water before being put into the tank.
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Postby Kev » 2006-01-18 22:19

phew lol, was just making sure... well that ruled that possibility out ^_^ Hope the Puffer settles down and regain its colour now :D
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-18 22:31

Thanks Kev, glad you chimed in.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-01-19 07:13

Wow I've got to be honest, I was waiting with baited breath for you reply to Kev's question. Thankfully your answer was the one I expected. Spot on with the Melafix, sorry couldn't resist the pun. Seriously Surface, your next reply I hope will bring us all good news,
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-19 12:38

:woot: Puffs belly is white this morning! :woot: He seems to be doing good and ate 3 worms and 2 snails for breakfast. His belly is big and white now.

I put the barbs in with my snails and shrimps last night. Oops now one of the apple snails has a shorter tentacle. I have taken them out of there and put them in with the Blood parrots and if they mess with them there OUT OF HERE! I knew they were semi aggressive fish but it seems to be that one of them is more than semi aggressive more toward ferocious. I have a feeling they will be put into place in the tank their in now or be lunch.
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-01-19 13:30

congrats on finding the source of the problem ;)
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Postby Surface » 2006-01-19 14:19

Thanks Kat, Dont think I could have stood to tell my daughter that her fav puffer was gone. Ok, I really like the little fella too :wub:
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