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2008's avatar akcam8
#1 Posted 16 Nov 2011, 11:07 pm
Help! Not sure what to do or how to help him. Have had him for 3+ years in a well established brackish tank. He's ALWAYS the first to swim over for food.
Recently he's stopped eating. Later I noticed his mouth looks stuck open, like part of the beak is missing. I know its good for them to break their beaks down, but this doesn't look normal and its keeping him from eating.
Anything I can do, or even try to feed him so he doesn't starve while it grows back?
Thanks in advances for any suggestions, etc.
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22's avatar mickey
#2 Posted 19 Nov 2011, 2:44 am
If the mouth of the puffer is stuck open then his beak may be overgrown anyway. If part of it has become detached then I should trim the rest to level it off or take him to a vet who can do this for you, this should allow the puffer to feed properly and to let him close his mouth.

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