I have a Green Spotted Puffer whose been acclimated to 1.022 salinity. He had been doing better than ever since I slowly acclimatized him about 3 weeks ago. His energy increased dramatically and he became much less skittish - often dancing around to get my attention and even eating from my hands. He actually developed an insatiable appetite, similar to what I'd heard from other GSP owners. In general he seemed much happier than in his freshwater
Last night I finished setting up the sump. I added some hydroton clay pellets (used mostly in hydro/aquaponics) to try and create a fluidised bed. This morning I noticed the water had become cloudy and my puffer's belly was dark grey, had cloudy eyes, was becoming lethargic, and had clear/white excrement. He has clamped fins and absolutely no interest in food.
- in a 3g bucket
- 10g rated hang on back filter /w fresh filter floss (gentle water movement)
- water heated to 81F
- Salinity at 1.022 - the same his tank has been for these last three weeks
- cloudy eyes
- clamped fins
- clear excrement
- dark belly (persisting all day)
- lethargic (improved slightly since moving to bucket)
- no appetite
WHAT I DID
I removed the clay pellets, but he seemed to be getting worse. I set up a 3 gallon bucket with a heater, new salt water, and a hang on the back filter with fresh media. He seems stable, but I'm wondering what else I can do for him tomorrow when the LFS open. Google seems to suggests it's an internal parasite, but all of the symptoms developed overnight. That's too quick for a parasite, right?
I should mention that the clay pellets had been used in an aquaponics (fresh water) setup about 6 months ago, had been stored dry, and were thoroughly rinsed before I put them into the sump. I assumed
that there would be no threat of contamination, but I certainly do not know that for sure.
WHAT I HAVE FOR TREATMENT TONIGHT
On hand I have Praziquantel, and Tetra Parasite Guard - which says it's for freshwater
. Is there anything I can do tonight? Should I raise the temperature? What should I look for tomorrow morning? I initially thought the clay pellets had rubbed against each other, released some clay powder, and caused him irritation. Since his condition hasn't improved since moving him to the hospital tank, I'm not so sure.
Please Reply With Your Thoughts
I'll be up for the next few hours, so if you have a question, I should be able to reply promptly. If you have any ideas about what I could do either tonight, or tomorrow morning, I would really appreciate it. Even a thought or idea that I might follow up on tomorrow at the LFS, I don't know what else to do at this point.