06-14-2008, 07:19 AM
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Re: Puffer fish trying to tear at the tank's silicone
Originally Posted by Administrator
My stars and stripes puffer fish keeps removing the sand from the bottom corner of the tank and is apparently trying to bite at/gnaw off the silicone there. I am worried that he will destroy the tank - and himself - if he is one day successful when I'm not around. I keep pushing the sand back only to find he's moved it over again. Any ideas? Thanks!
Even if he successfully removes the silicone, i doubt that the aquarium would immediately leak. Most manufacturers apply a layer os silicone on the outside of the aquarium. If you look closely at the way the glass is placed together, they do not put 2 pieces flush and "glue" them, they actually place 2 edges together and fill in the exterior gap with silicone.
Regardless, you need a distraction or method of restriction. For a distraction, place something in the aquarium for it to gnaw during the day. I would try a carrot stick for starters. Place it in the same general area, and slowly move it to another part of the aquarium. I've often wondered if a peeled potato would be effective (or healthy), but have never tried it. In the mean while, try to slightly change the aquascaping in the area by adding some live rock in the same general area to act as a deferral.
Isn't this hobby fun!