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Old 03/18/2017, 10:08 PM   #1
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Can't get my dogface puffer to eat!!

2 weeks ago I purchased about a 2 inch dogface puffer from my local fish store. He is in an aggressive tank with a humus trigger, a fox face, a Christmas wrasse and a diamond goby. I can't get him to eat, he won't go for mysis. He recently developed ick and I am treating the whole tank with copper as it is a fish only tank no inverts, he's showing signs of improvement but still not eating. Any suggestions? What will he go for?

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Old 03/18/2017, 11:23 PM   #2
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When I get a new fish that wont eat, I will try something live. For a fish like a puffer, I'd try ghost shrimp, all your other fish are going to go nuts too. Copper will also diminish their appetite, so that's a problem. My puffer goes nuts for clams on the half shell,

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Old 03/18/2017, 11:48 PM   #3
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Mine wouldn't eat in the beginning either. I found that teasing him with something meaty is more likely to get him to eat. Even though he's just a little guy he's still got a serious bite so you can give him something a bit tougher like shrimp (and keep your fingers back of course). Mine seems to need to see the food before he will go after it.
Also I've found my puffer easily intimidated (even by much smaller fish) so it might really help to move him to a QT. A stronger current seemed to make him more active as well. Before he'd just sit depressed in a corner.
Keep teasing him, he'll eventually eat.

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Old 03/19/2017, 03:37 AM   #4
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Krill or jumbo mysis usually has done the trick.. Ghost shrimp as well.. And also fresh seafood from the market.. Trying putting the garlic on their food as well...

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Old 03/19/2017, 11:02 AM   #5
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def. keep an eye on the copper, puffers are sensitive to it, both over time and level. agree with clam on half shell, also try a large raw shrimp, shell on, esp the piece just above tail. good luck they are great fish, tk

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Old 03/19/2017, 11:36 PM   #6
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My Toby puffer won't eat mysis,or silversides.
Fearing he would die, I went to Safeway and bought liv mussels and little neck clams. I cracked the shells open and dropped them in.He immediately started to tear them up.
Maybe it will work for your guy! Good luck

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Old 03/20/2017, 09:48 PM   #7
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Try to put garlic on the food u feed them. I had that same problem.

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Old 03/20/2017, 09:50 PM   #8
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Live brine shrimp is also goods

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