Figure 8 Puffer Rounded Belly

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Hi fish experts! I have a concern on my Figure 8 puffer. Been having them for more than a year now in my brakish water setup tank. I have two of em, both seems cheerful and active.
On normal occasion their belly will be obvious round-ish shape after their meal and on the next day their belly will go flat and round again after another meal. I feed them once a day, bloodworm, snails, clams (yea I know about the grinding teeth thingy).
However few weeks ago I started noticing that one of them tends to have a rounded belly. Even on the next day this one still has a rounded belly, it isn't too big but visibly can tell the difference apart from the other puffer. At first I thought it was just coincidence that it munch on some scrap food laying around the aquarium which causes that slight round belly. However it has been on like that everyday for a few weeks now and I am starting to worry. Upon researching there are some information on 'Intestinal Parasites' and 'Constipation' that some people experience on their puffers.

Intestinal Parasite - As of now I do not see any white string in the feces. Those around the tank are not totally black solid like how it used to be. (and might be from the other puffer)
Constipation - No information on this yet since I did not stay and wait for it to take a dump. :blush:

I came across on some advise on soaking their food in garlic to address the intestinal parasite problem.
Would be helpful if you guys can help with some puffer advise.

Sorry I can't get a clearer picture of them, they tend to hide when I bring my camera closer :sad:.
The photo was taken before meal, the left puffer's belly seems to be rounded even before a meal.
 

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Thanks for the the advise and the great info from other post. I stop feeding yesterday as I was trying to skip 1 day a week. This morning I still see the same rounded belly. From the post you share it seems that garlic may not solve all the problems however it suppose it wouldn't hurt to try :unsure: maybe I try soaking some clams with garlic for them. How many days would you suggest skipping meals?
 
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Just do it for a few days - 3 or so
Thanks a lot for the info. I will leave them till tomorrow to see how this puffer react. Suppose it will also build up their appetite for garlic flavour munchies.
Second day without food and still looking round-ish. I will try the garlic soaking meal tomorrow.
 

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