The adventures of Chungus the humpback puffer

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    Chungus now recognises that anything on the end of the tongs is food. So feeding him has become much easier.
    On the other side of the divider my angelfish laid their second clutch of eggs. Hopefully they are good parents. IMG_20191023_191953.jpg
     
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    I got a few ramshorn snails and 2 blue mystery snails this weekend. I place one mystery snail on each side of the divider and surprisingly they're both still alive. I put the ramshorn snails in a small tank to breed.
     
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    Good luck with the angel spawn @Kiaan26
     
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    I see MD fishtanks returned his dragon puffer because he never saw it
     
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    He said it was an impulse purchase. I got mine with the expectation that 90% of the time he will hiding the rest of the time he will be eating. So I didn't put on a background so I can always see where he is.
     
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    Yep makes sense
     
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    I think he would come out more if I stained the water with tannins.
     
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    Some puffer species are just lurkers..
     
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    But @Kiaan26 made a good point: to research properly, make sure you love them for all that they are and can offer a good home to them :thumbup:
    It sounds like they are adorable but not performing monkeys
     
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    You also often find that some fish hide a lot at first but in time as they get older and their confidence builds up they start coming out a lot more
    But yes, you have to research before you buy and know what you in for
     
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    Update all the eggs have disappeared and about 1/5 were in fertile but the parents moved the wriggles to the top of the sponge filter.
    IMG_20191026_025025.jpg

    I found out how much food Chungus can eat today and it's about third of a mussel. Now he's sleeping on his face to digest so much food.
    IMG_20191026_020829.jpg
     
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    Too cute!!
     
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    Update:
    All the babies have disappeared. There was a 1cm convict cichlid in the tank that removed afterwards. Hoping that they weren't eaten and are just wriggling around the plants. Also my corydoras also laid eggs hoping that they hatch this time. Many of them have started developing fungus due to insufficient flow so i added a few cherry shrimp in their hatching tank to help with the fungus. Anybody know where to get a good egg tumbler? I've been considering buying a ziss egg tumbler.
     
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    Loving this page thus far. Was just wondering did you deworm Chungus at all. I know most puffer are wild caught not sure about humpback puffers.

    I have had issues in the past and actually lost my first fahaka due to internal parasites. After a hefty mourning period (as these puffers become like puppy dogs) I decided to purchase another one. I am currently busy with his first deworming cycle.

    I apologize for thread stealing a bit
     
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    All my tanks were halfway through a 2 month deworming treatment so I did deworm him using a dewormer and an antibiotic. Also he was brought in May so quite a long time to observe for problems and none so far. Chungus is more like bitey pet rock than a puppy.
     
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    Bitey pet rock :lol:
     
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    Glad to hear that you are treating him for parasites. I should have been a bit more clear as from what I have read personality-wise you get 2 types of puffer the lurkers/ambush predators and the more free swimming puffers like the mbu, fahaka, amazon, pea puffers, etc. It is these "free swimming" puffers that usally have a puppy dog personality.

    For anyone who is interested in puffers here is a nice video from Corey at aquarium coop.

    Keep the posts coming loving this thread
     
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    So I found that half of Chungus's left lobe had an infestation of what looked like anchor worms.
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    So I've been removing them manually, so far I've found three tiny parasites. And just did a hydrogen peroxide bath to treat it. Gave him a superworm as a treat for taking him out the water to remove the parasites and not puffing up.
     
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    Just be careful with meds and puffers, remember they are scales fish like clown loachs and so have fairly sensitive exteriors when it comes to meds. If you dont have plants in the tank I would also consider aquarium salt treatment. Add some disloved salt into the tank. It helps with their slime coat as well.

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    I used salt with scaleless fish before i just had to reduce the amount used. The peroxide bath was recommended to me by a guy who has treated freshwater puffers before. I used prazipro and metronidozole for three days before a water change and the bath. The weird thing about the bath was it made him poop and he was able to pass bits of mussel and snail shells so at least he's trimming his beak.
     
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