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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Dwarf Puffer refuses to eat

Ok so I recently got a dwarf puffer about 4 days ago. I cant get the lil sucker to eat anything whatsoever. Ive tried live shrimp, frozen shrimp, bloodworms, bits of big shrimp, and freezdried stuff. It wont seem to eat anything and its looking skinnier. Anyone know what I can feed this lil guy before its too late?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 07:46 PM
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I always fed mine thawed bloodworms, though they also ate the snails that flourished in the tank. What size tank is he in, and is he the only one? I know some people just get one or two because they fear aggression but from what I've seen it's better to have more to spread the aggression out because they like being together. Mine were always very social with one another and did much better when I increased the size of their group.

How did he look when you bought him? You also have to be careful to look at their bellies before you bring them home to make sure they've been eating. In my experience if they have that hollow look to them in the store it's very hard to get them to eat again once you get them home.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Well he was kinda just in the bag when Ii got home. I didnt buy him, I just bought 2 bumblebee gobies and he happened to end up int he bag somehow. Right now I have him in a 5 gal tank with my 2 bumblebee gobies. He already kinda had a hallow look as if he wasnt really eating all that much when I got him. The gobies on the other hand are eating fine.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 09:29 PM
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A stowaway, huh? I'm kind of surprised that the employee didn't notice.

I would keep trying to feed him bloodworms and perhaps get a few snails for him to try. He may just be sickly and there's nothing you can do about it, but he may start eating again. Try to get the food as close to him as possible; you can even dangle it on a fingertip if he comes to the surface. The only other thing I can think of to try feeding him (other than live snails) is live blackworms. The movement can help stimulate them. Mine also ate better with other puffers to compete with but since he wasn't an intentional purchase in the first place it's understandable if you don't want more.

Good luck with him, and keep us posted. And er... keep an eye on the gobies' fins. Some puffers don't mind tankmates, but mine chomped on their oto "buddies."
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-30-2010, 07:24 PM
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Snails, absolutely. Interesting, I have a dwarf puffer that "arrived" with a group of pygmy corys, so he went into the same tank, which was a 10g heavily planted--and heavily infested with pond snails and Malaysian livebearing snails. Within a week, there was not a single snail in that tank--and there really had been dozens.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-30-2010, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Yea he wont eat anything, not even the snails in the tank. I litterally have tons in the tank right now and he wont eat a single one. Maybe this one is a lost cause, hopefully I can get him to eat something though, I feel soo bad for him right now.
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