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post #1 of 8 Old 05-16-2007, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Dogface puffer

We just bought a dogface puffer yesterday and about 30 minutes after letting him into the aquarium, he gets sucked up into the bottom of my powerhead. No clue why or how, never happend before. I get the net and push him out and he was fine. Freaked out of course, but he de-ballooned and was fine, staying away from it. But this morning my husband got up to go to work about 4 am and he saw him stuck in it again but with his tail. No clue how long he was there, but his tail looks like its hurt, but not mangled or anything, like it's bruised. What do we do?!?!

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish
Guppies

10gal
empty

1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-16-2007, 12:15 PM
ive encountered this problem before

Most petstores will try to sell you on a super powerful powerheads and filters.WHAT THEY FAIL TO TELL YOU is that some fish can't take super powerful currents.Puffers are common in bays ,i know this from my fishing experience.bays dont not have an overwhelming current.Perhaps turn down your powerhead or even worse remove it.I encountered this problem with my angelfish.They looked like a rag in a tornado trying to fight the powerful flow of the powerheads i had to sadly remove them.which made quite a mess since they were part of the undergravel filter system.puffers seem to be more bouyant than other fish ,kind of like a fat man swimming.This may be how they migrate with currents in the sea.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-16-2007, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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My powerheads are AquaClear 4000 which are both on their lowest setting. I have two in my tank. They're only there for water flow, nothing else. I found an attachement for the bottom to keep out large debris which I think would work. My worries aren't with the powerheads though, it's with the puffer. I looked at him this morning and he seemed fine, he's not opening his tale though and he looks bruised. I'm going to try to take a closer look when I get home. I'm just really worried about him.

55gal tank
SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100
All-glass 200watt heater
All-glass 24" Fluorescent 19 watt bulbs
Live Sand (50lbs?)
Live Rock
1 Coral Beauty (purple/orange)
1 Clark clown fish
1 dragon wrasse
1 Bangaii Cardinal

20gal tall tank
4 Goldfish
Guppies

10gal
empty

1 crowntail betta tank w/undergravel filter
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-16-2007, 06:16 PM
I am too.puffers dont die that easily.unless they are not acclimated properly.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-16-2007, 07:11 PM
What happens is that puffers will get relaxed and accidently get sucked in. You need to put a foam filter block around the powerheads intake. then he will never get sucked in.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-17-2007, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Dogface puffer

Thanks you guys!! I really love this forum. I've checked out the others, just finding more info on saltwater fish, but this one is by far the best. I just turned the powerheads off for now. I can't find a foam cover anywhere.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-17-2007, 01:46 PM
you probably won't find one.DYI Make one
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-17-2007, 05:41 PM
Yes every LFS store should have them. THe Aqua filter uses them.
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