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HanterBen
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Hi from Cornwall

Post by HanterBen » Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:59 pm

Thought I'd best say "Hi",

I've recently bought a new tank with the idea of keeping freshwater Red Tailed Puffers.

I'm not a novice at keeping fish, but probably have a bit of an 80's attitude to keeping them and will probably need a bit of guidance (or a kick round the head) every now and then!

Anyway, about a month ago I started planting the tank, added Cherry Shrimp, accidentally "bought" a Zebra Plec with some bogwood, then added 15 Green Neon Rasbora and yesterday got the call from the shop to say that the puffers were in...so now I'm the proud friend to 3 of the little buggers!

I haven't kept puffers for maybe 30 years (I'm 45) and back then used to feed them tinned tuna from my hand!!!

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Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by Pufferpunk » Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:56 pm

[welcome]
I assume these puffers are in a different tank than the fish you mentioned? Which species, C lorteti?
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by HanterBen » Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:01 am

Nope, they're all in the same tank!
The puffers are irrubesco (did I spell that wrong?).
They are absolutely fine with the rasbora,. I wanted to make sure that the tank was as realistic/natural as possible...even the shrimp are fine (a bit jumpy, but last night before bed I even found my first shrimplet). The plec, is well...a plec. He's happy!
I have 1 male and 2 female puffers. The male is a bit territorial at the moment and has a habit of chasing the females, but I think that will settle down with a bit of extra plant growth.
Do you know if irrubesco's like caves or anything?
I'm interested in feeding them clams as I've never attempted anything like that before. Do you use freshwater clams or saltwater, or does it matter?
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Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:06 am
Gender: Female
My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
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Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:09 am

Expect those puffers to pick off your fish, one by one. Massacre will probably happen overnight. These are NOT fish-friendly!

No caves necessary, they prefer a heavily-planted tank. How large is it?
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by HanterBen » Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:21 pm

Oh hell! That's got me nervous...

The articles I read about keeping them all said they would be fine with fast schooling fish such as rasbora. I originally was going to go for the same ones that the "type" specimens were found with in the wild (yellow tail rasbora) but ended up with the green neons instead. There's a YouTube video with them together in the same tank.

The articles all mentioned bumblebee gobies as well (I haven't plumped for any of these yet as I didn't want to overstock the tank).

At the moment the male seems to be hounding the smaller, more active of the two females. Shrimplets have started appearing, so I'm *hoping* these will keep him busy soon enough!

It's a small tank (2ft by whatever), but heavily planted...or at least that's what I've been told. Planted enough for the puffers to completely disappear.

I'll post a photo on the facebook page if that's ok?

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My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
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Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:21 pm

You don't know the gallons? What are the measurements? Possibly in a much larger tank, like 55g, but certainly not a smaller tank like yours. Nowhere for their future "food reserves" to escape to. ;)
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by HanterBen » Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:25 am

Possibly 24 US gallons.
Bugger....

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Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by HanterBen » Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:34 am

I've posted pics on the facebook forum x

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Joined: Tue May 31, 2005 11:06 am
Gender: Female
My Puffers: Filbert, the 12" T lineatus
Punkster, the 4" red T miurus
Mongo, the 4" A modestus
2 T biocellatus
C valentini
C coranata
C papuan
Also kept:
lorteti
DPs
suvattii
burrfish
T niphobles
Location (country): USA, Greenville, SC
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Re: Hi from Cornwall

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:52 pm

That's large enough for a pair--nothing else.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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