1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons)
2. Is your aquarium setup freshwater or brackish water?
3. How long the aquarium has been set up? 12/07
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know)
1 clown pleco, 2 dwarf puffers, 6 tiger barbs
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium?
hornwort and java fern
6. What temperature is the tank water currently?
7. What make/model filter are you using?
UGF and aquatech penguin 100 clone
8. Are you using a CO2 unit?
9. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day?
10. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed?
just now, 25%
11. How often do you perform water changes?
12. How often and what foods do you feed your fish? flakes, frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, frozen mysis shrimp, live pond snails
13. What type of lighting are you using and how long is it kept on?
t8 flourescent 12 hours a day
14. What specific concerns bring you here at this time?
A third puffer died last week. The fish was looking emaciated so special care was given to make sure it was eating (which it did) but the fish died regardless. A second puffer has two raised white bumps 1mm in size, one on its lip and one on its belly. I'm beginning to suspect some kind of parasite is present.
15. What are your water parameters? Test your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.
pH 7, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 20
16. What test kit are you using and is it liquid or test strips?
api freshwater master test kit
17. When was the last time you bought a fish and how did they behave while in the pet store tank?
Clown pleco was added one month ago. Acted normally in the store tank (and seems quite healthy now)
So my main concern here is the puffer. I don't think it's ich because the bumps are raised. The tank temp is high because that tank is kept in a particularly warm room. Could the bumps be related to an internal parasite? Could they be two unrelated illnesses caused by a fairly long-range move that happened recently? I just don't want another cute little puffer to bite the dust.