Stars and Stripes Puffer. Ich Maybe?

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#1
My puffer sometimes lays on the bottom of the tank sometimes, Is this normal? Then other times he swims around like crazy. I seen some white spots? on his fins. Could this be ich? I have had him for about a week. He is eating good. Formula one soaked in garlic. He's the only fish in my 75 gallon tank. I did a 1/2 water change, (RO) two days later did a small water change of 5 gallons. cleaned the rock and substrate before purchasing him (he has never puffed up. Temp is 78, ph 8.2, nitrite 0, amonia 0, Nitrate 20. (which I don't like) and I use coralife salt. Any suggestions?

 

beth

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#2
He looks like he's in pretty good shape, but I can't tell anything about ich on fins from the pictures. Can you get a more detailed picture of the spots you are seeing?
 
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rcreations

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#3
Puffers usually like to lie down on the rocks or even the bottom of the tank. That's perfectly normal.
I don't see any ich in those pictures either.
 

beth

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#4
Originally Posted by RCreations
http:///forum/post/3251371
Puffers usually like to lie down on the rocks or even the bottom of the tank. That's perfectly normal.
I don't see any ich in those pictures either.
Yes, but not all the time. So, I guess it depend on how much time this puff is spending lying around?
 
#5
He's laying down now. He swims about 60% of the time. He even ate out of my hand today which was cool. I'll try to get a closer picture if I can. Is everything else ok with the water and food?
 

beth

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#6
Water looks good. I don't like nitrates either, but its just about unavoidable in an aggressive type set up.
 

aquaknight

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#7
How often does he keep his tail in that closed/pointed position, like in pic 1? Does he keep it tucked to the side when he's swimming or just lying down? If it's most of the time, it could point to some issue, puffers usually do it when something is bothering them, either stress or disease.
I'm not totally familiar with S'n'S puffers coloration, but usually it's hard to see Ich on their body, mostly on the fins, and on the eyes. In both pics, he seems to have clear eyes.
 
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rcreations

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#8
I had a Stars & Stripes puffer and the best place to see ich is on the fins, since they're transparent. Aqua is right. When puffers swim the tail should be extended and opened. When they lay down, they curl it. If he swims 60% of the time, I think that's normal for a S&S. Mine was about the same. Unfortunately he got too big for my tank and I had to sell him. Cool fish!
 
#12
I read the forum on hyposalinity, Thanks everyone for your help. I'm working on his treatment as we speak. I'll get him better or my name isn't Puff Daddy.
 
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