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  1. LilGreenPuffer
    09-28-2010 09:19 PM - permalink
    There haven't been any studies or anything, but... personally, I'd skip the guppies altogether.
  2. LilGreenPuffer
    09-28-2010 05:19 PM - permalink
    You only need that ratio if you have multiple males; it's to keep male from fighting over too few females.

    Make sure the puffers aren't eating the guppies. Tiny amounts of fins and scales are part of their natural diets, but entire fish, or more than a tiny bit, isn't good for them. They thrive on invertebrate protein.

    It sounds like they're really enjoying the new digs. They're so curious!
  3. LilGreenPuffer
    09-28-2010 04:37 PM - permalink
    So is she eating well now?
  4. LilGreenPuffer
    09-28-2010 06:06 AM - permalink
    Phew, okay!
  5. LilGreenPuffer
    09-27-2010 11:12 PM - permalink
    Woah - that's an external medication containing copper, right? Change the water now! Even small amounts of copper can be deadly or cause permanent damage to puffers.
  6. LilGreenPuffer
    09-24-2010 10:58 PM - permalink
    Oh, haha, you're completely welcome!
  7. LilGreenPuffer
    09-24-2010 10:54 PM - permalink
    Yes, you'd need to treat all of them to eradicate the parasite. If you have any invertebrates, be sure to use an invert-safe medication.

    If a puffer is exposed to air, he/she might panic and try to puff. However, while water is easily expelled after puffing underwater, air can get stuck. The puffer is unable to swim properly, and might not even be able to get back below the surface. He/she could actually be scared to death, worn out with trying to get back underwater. There are ways of "burping" a puffer in an emergency - The Puffer Forum has an article.
  8. LilGreenPuffer
    09-24-2010 10:22 PM - permalink
    You can do that, yep. Just be super-careful not to expose her to air when you transport her.

    I've always just used Jungle Parasite Guard. It works for me. I'm planning on getting some invert-safe stuff soon, though. I want to deworm my otos, and they of course don't eat regular food, and the snails could probably use it, too, since some of them came from a pet store and surely are carrying SOME kind of pathogens.
  9. LilGreenPuffer
    09-24-2010 07:55 PM - permalink
    I bet deworming and rich food will do the trick. It'll work best if you can get her to consume medication by treating her food, but puffers are picky, so you might have to also soak it in garlic.
  10. LilGreenPuffer
    09-24-2010 07:15 PM - permalink
    She needs to get dewormed, I should think. Just deworm the entire tank. To get some weight back on her, feed her live blackworms.

    How many tiger barbs? If there's fewer than 8-10, they might be bugging her and stressing her out, putting her off her food. Just a thought.

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    Recent Civil/Environmental Engineering graduate
    Boulder, CO
    Skiing, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Mtn Biking, Aquariums!
    Assistant Civil Engineer for the Univeristy of Colorado Facilities Management
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