Originally Posted by OnePsychLynne
Help! I bought a small (about 3 inches long) porcupine puffer on January 31. He seemed really happy for about 2 or 3 days except he wasn't eating anything we put in the tank. We tried silversides, live marine ghost shrimp, and a variety pack of frozen foods like brine shrimp, all to no avail. Now he mostly hides under the live rock and comes out to swim around only occasionally and doesn't go far before he's back under the rock again. When we tried to entice him with a piece of silverside on a prong he looked interested but then turned around and swam away (like he was scared?). He looks like he doesn't feel good but he doesn't have any obvious signs of distress that we can see. Please help...I don't want him to die. I've read everything I can get my hands on about porcupines but nothing is working and I don't know what to do for him anymore. Would it help to isolate him in a hospital tank to better monitor him? Current parameters:
- Ammonia-0 ppm
Ok, the first thing I notice is that your tank doesnt appear to be cycled. Can I ask how big of a tank this is and when it was set up? What other fish are in the tank? What type of substrate? (sand or crushed coral) How much live rock? How often are you doing water changes? How much at a time?
It sounds as if you're dealing with a stress issue, which could be lack of enough rock and decoration, water quality, and the stress of having recently been moved. How often are you doing water changes and how much at a time? I'm also wondering what test kits you're using, because any tank with living animals in it is going to have either ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, or a combination of these. Its near impossible to have a tank with 0 for all params and still have waste in it, especially with messy foods such as silversides being offered, so maybe having the water retested will help give us some answers. Can you please also post the calcium level? It should be between 400 - 500. Very important not to test water for at least 24 hrs after a water change, always better to test before a water change.
What other fish are in the tank? Porkys can be really intimidated by even the smallest of fish when they are new to an environment.
Porkys can be quite difficult to feed, which is part of what makes them hard to keep. He's been a long time without food, which by now, has to be affecting his immune system.
Once I know the answers to these questions I will be able to help you sort this out and hopefully suggest some better foods to try or course of action with the tank itself to help fix the problem.