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Is this ick on my puffers?
Old 03-13-2013, 04:16 AM   #11
 
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I would just raise the temp and continue water changes, but that's just my gut reaction. Nothing to back that up, besides higher temps kill Ich. 86F I'm pretty sure, with extensive gravel cleaning.

I wouldn't use salt with plants, I've heard of it completely destroying it.

Again, this is just my gut reaction. I haven't had to personally deal with ich, just read a lot about it.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:32 AM   #12
 
Well i decided i can replace plants ( although i really dont want to) but i cant replace harold and mikey. I added salt. We shall see
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:20 AM   #13
 
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the salt will melt away your plants, raise the temp in the tank to 85-87 for about 2-3 week keep up with your water changes and the ich should clear right up. its one of the most easyiest tank ailmetns to treat (in my experience) a salt dip will suffice if in place of addding to the tank which will kill of your plants. the puffers were also probobly weakend due to being in complete freshwater these guys are brakish or even full salt species. being in the fresh might have strained and weakend their system. i would look into swaping to salt and ditching the freshwater idea. you would have to ditch your plants aswell but it comes down to if you want to constantly battle illness with them in the freshwater.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:23 AM   #14
 
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the salt will melt away your plants, raise the temp in the tank to 85-87 for about 2-3 week keep up with your water changes and the ich should clear right up. its one of the most easyiest tank ailmetns to treat (in my experience) a salt dip will suffice if in place of addding to the tank which will kill of your plants. the puffers were also probobly weakend due to being in complete freshwater these guys are brakish or even full salt species. being in the fresh might have strained and weakend their system. i would look into swaping to salt and ditching the freshwater idea. you would have to ditch your plants aswell but it comes down to if you want to constantly battle illness with them in the freshwater.
All of my research has shown the the asellus puffer ( south american puffer) is a true freshwater species. Can you provide me with any evidence otherwise? I know the green spotted, dwarf and figure 8s are brackish, but i went with the sap because they r freshwater
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:25 AM   #15
 
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All of my research has shown the the asellus puffer ( south american puffer) is a true freshwater species. Can you provide me with any evidence otherwise? I know the green spotted, dwarf and figure 8s are brackish, but i went with the sap because they r freshwater
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now that you bring that up i deserver a totall facepalm moment, i was thinking of the guys you see in all the petstores the figure 8's and the dwarfs. my bad im not a puffer guy just had a spitballed theroy and went with it
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:30 AM   #16
 
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now that you bring that up i deserver a totall facepalm moment, i was thinking of the guys you see in all the petstores the figure 8's and the dwarfs. my bad im not a puffer guy just had a spitballed theroy and went with it
No worries :) i thought u may know something i didnt lol. They can tolerate lightly brackish water but mostly reside in freshwater. I am waiting for my new heater to come in cause the one i have is nonadjustable. The ich looks just terrible. They r covered in it, but seem to be feeling fine. I just want it to go away!!!
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:33 AM   #17
 
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hah yeah sorry i have a bad habbit of assuming and generalizing, once you maintain the water at 85-87ish neighborhood the sists on the fish will burst from the heat and the parasite that is inside the sists and free floating and eggs will all die off. the parasite cannot tollerate the heat but the fish can ive still yet to lose a fish from treating this way while i have lost several while using medication
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:07 AM   #18
 
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Not sure id the salt will help without raising the temp too or along with it. Ohh btw South American puffers are freshwater and so are Dwarf puffers (Carinotetraodon travancoricus). That's the puffer I have and find soo interesting. Freshwater is all I will deal with. LoL
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:35 AM   #19
 
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I've had success with both salt and no salt however some species are really sensitive to salt which is why I didn't reccend with being so in familiar with them the salt just helps the fish the heat is what effects the ich
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #20
 
Just an update, i used coppersafe, aquarium salt, and frequent pwc and my puffers are almost healed up.
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