Help Does Lucky My Puffer Have Some Sort Of Illness?

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Hi my puffer lucky is the only of three puffers (that I know of anyway) that is alive I pulled out a dead one and the other one has been missing but lucky is very skinny the tank mates are 3 shrimp, 2 corydoras (which I plan on taking out today), and some snails. Here is a picture
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Sounds like shock from being introduced wrong or you just arnt feeding it properly . Those guys require snails in their diets and like small worms
 

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Sounds like shock from being introduced wrong or you just arnt feeding it properly . Those guys require snails in their diets and like small worms
They don’t require snails to their diet. Pea puffers are the only puffer species that don’t have the tooth overgrowth problem. This honestly sounds like internal parasites to me. They’re often wildcaught and wildcaught fish are at a much higher risk of developing internal parasites than captive bred fish. That’s why I asked the water perameters and how long he’s had them.
 

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They don’t require snails to their diet. Pea puffers are the only puffer species that don’t have the tooth overgrowth problem. This honestly sounds like internal parasites to me. They’re often wildcaught and wildcaught fish are at a much higher risk of developing internal parasites than captive bred fish. That’s why I asked the water perameters and how long he’s had them.
Maybe not "require" but they don't thrive well on flake and frozen.
 

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Maybe not "require" but they don't thrive well on flake and frozen.
Oh I know. I meant they wouldn’t die like he said. I feed mine blood worms (frozen), brine shrimp (frozen), blackworms (live), the occasional bladder snail from the high tech tank, ghost shrim(live), and brine eggs. I see variety as best whether it’s frozen or live both give a lot of natural nutrition. Also mine won’t touch prepared food.
 
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i dont have any test kits accept the highly inaccurate ones likke i said he wont eat the snails i have had them for a week now is there any way to treat internal parisites?
 

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I wouldn’t treat them unless you know that’s what he has. What are you offering him to eat? How old is the tank? Does he have a sunken belly? Does he have white stringy poop?
 
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i have had it set up since christmas. i have offered him to eat vibra bites, frozen bloodworms, snails, and i threw in a couple shrimp to see if he would eat them or not. his belly is sunken and i have not seen him poop
 

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Sounds like it isn’t cycled and that’s causing them to have stress and not eating. They require mature tanks and because they are sensitive. Because your tank isn’t cycled yoost likely either have ammonia or nitrite in the water column which is a contributing factor in their deaths since they are toxic substances to fish. The stress of these chemicals are causing them to basically starve themselves. I would recommend getting a test kit and testing the water to see what is happening. Also get a bottle of seachem prime and dose either a full dose or 5X dose depending on what chemicals are present daily. I would also see if you can find some live blackworms this is another favorite of them. A few more questions. How planted is the tank? What type of snails are you trying to feed them?
 

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I bought 3 Amazon Puffers some 4 months ago from a specialised puffer outlet in the UK and he advised me to treat for worm parisite as soon as I introduce them wether or not they have it as they are prone to them and most come into the country with the parisite and classic sign was eating and not gaining weight
 
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I bought 3 Amazon Puffers some 4 months ago from a specialised puffer outlet in the UK and he advised me to treat for worm parisite as soon as I introduce them wether or not they have it as they are prone to them and most come into the country with the parisite and classic sign was eating and not gaining weight
then how do i treat them?
 

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also he is not relunctent to eat he is eating but his belly does not fill
I gave benefit of the doubt that you are cycled, but I would start to believe you are not. If you are not, or if you just cycled, then the puffers went through a cycle and you are lucky to have the one left.
No matter what, do some significant water changes until you figure it out.
 
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I gave benefit of the doubt that you are cycled, but I would start to believe you are not. If you are not, or if you just cycled, then the puffers went through a cycle and you are lucky to have the one left.
No matter what, do some significant water changes until you figure it out.
ok but i cycled it for about 2 monthes and even put tank water in it
 
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BTW it is a 15 fluval flex

i know it is cycled because the shrimp and the corydoras are fine they are happy as can be

i put water from my other tank into the fluval and waited a couple monthes before getting the puffers

Come on someone plz reply you guys depend on my puffers survival plz I am desperate
 

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Water doesn't have any bacteria. If you waited a few months the bacteria would have died anyway. Unless you were adding ammonia
 
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