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    Puffer dentistry

    I think I'm going to have to clip one of our bronze puffers teeth. ┬*His teeth have always been a problem, but now it's starting to worry me. ┬*Anyone ever done this? ┬*I found an article on exactly what to do, but I'm really nervous about the anesthesia part. ┬*

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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    why would you have to clip his teeth i never heard of that.
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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    If not fed a good amount of snails to keep the teeth at manageable length the two front teeth will out grow itself and then dig into the lower jaw which will keep it from eating properly and eventually cause death.

    Most of your larger puffers need this done.
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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    Well, in our case, the puffer has a large gap between the two teeth. ┬*I think this contributes to the problem, but irregardless, he used to enjoy snails. ┬*But at some point, he just decided he didn't want them anymore. ┬*Even before his teeth really grew out. ┬*

    I've tried snails of all different sizes.
    I've tried dried krill.
    I've tried shrimp - both freeze-dried and fresh with shell.
    I've tried feeders.
    I've even tried biting the medium sized Cichlid Excel pellets into smaller pieces so he could crunch on those (Yes, I put fish food in my mouth, but it had to be done.) ┬*Now he's figured out that if he waits, they will get soft and he eats them then.

    The only thing he still eats is frozen bloodworms...he sucks them in between the gap in his teeth.

    So, anyone ever use Finquel to sedate a fish before?
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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    can you link the site on how to do this? I'm courious. fish are tough. ask any fisherman. you can do it!
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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    wow.....that's amazing.....it would scare me to death to see my puffers belly up like that....but then again it's a neccessary evil i guess....
    keep us updated Tracy.......
    and good luck.....i hope all turns out well for your baby......

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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    Me too! ┬*That's why I'm trying to see if anyone has actually done it. ┬*I'm reading all I can about Finquel, that's the scariest part to me too.
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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    imagirlgeek,
    my figure 8 puffer startedgetting a swelling on his bottom lip yesterday do you think it might be his teeth??
    im worried because he didnt want to eat and he is a big eater, he is about 3".. thanks

    jose

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    Re: Puffer dentistry

    Quote Originally Posted by JGUERRA";p="98409
    imagirlgeek,
    my figure 8 puffer startedgetting a swelling on his bottom lip yesterday do you think it might be his teeth??
    im worried because he didnt want to eat and he is a big eater, he is about 3".. thanks

    jose
    Do his teeth look overgrown? ┬*If they are, I would bet it's the same problem. ┬*Do you have a picture of his face so we can see his teeth?
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