keeping Tetraodon Schoutedeni

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keeping Tetraodon Schoutedeni

Post by Matts » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:09 am

I’ve recently started a tank intended for Tetraodon Schoutedeni.
The dimensions of the tank are l:70cm*d:50cm*h:55cm so that’d be around 27,6*19,7*21,7.
With the wood, sand and such it’s about 170L or 45 gallons.

The filter is a JBL E1502, rated at 1400l/h or about 370 gal/h, its filled with eheim substrat pro besides the prefilter which is filled with coarse to fine sponges.
In the cabinet I’ve got an old 20L/5gal tank to breed some snails.
Plants are all African, im’ still waiting on some more anubias and bolbitis to fill the space where the stone is weighing down down the wood.

Some pics a few hours after setting the tank up:
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So now come the actual questions.
Currently I’m cycling the tank, so I have some time to adjust it and off course find the fish.

The animals I’ve found so far in the Netherlands are wild caught animals, its only a 1hour drive away, so that's alway an option.
But I’m still trying to find some tank bred animals in Germany, no luck so far. (I'm from Belgium, the only breeder I found was about 4hours away)

So I was thinking if I manage to find some tank bred fish to get 3, in hopes that a pair will form and sell one afterwards. Would it be possible to keep 3 animals in a tank this size for while?
Or should I stick with one?

How are these puffers with other tankmates?

I was thinking of getting a small school of 7 of alestopetersius caudalis or enteromius fasciolatus. Or a bigger one of Enteromius hulstaerti or Ladigesia roloffi, but maybe these are too small to keep with this puffer?
For the top layer I was thinking about an epiplatys species. And maybe a smaller species of Congochromis or Nannochromis on the bottom if I only get one puffer.

Any thoughts, opinions and suggestions are more than welcome!

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Re: keeping Tetraodon Schoutedeni

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:42 am

3 would be fine in there. Nice setup!
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Re: keeping Tetraodon Schoutedeni

Post by Matts » Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:33 pm

Pufferpunk wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:42 am
3 would be fine in there. Nice setup!
Thanks!

I hope I'll be able to find 3 tankbred puffers, for wildcaught i'd have to pay around €400 (+-$440 or £340)
So if I can only find wildcaught I'll probably stick with one...

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Re: keeping Tetraodon Schoutedeni

Post by Matts » Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:47 pm

So I'm getting one female and one male on the 21st, according to the fish store.

Yesterday I picked up around 300+ Seminole Ramshorn snails, so that should cover the puffers need for snails for a while.

Are there any supplementary food recommendations? I’ve got Bloodworms, white mosquito larvae, black mosquito larvae, daphnia, artemia, cyclops and mysis in my freezer.

Sadly no shops near me sell live foods, I’ll take some with me from the shop where I’m getting the puffers if I can.
There might be a fishing store nearby which sells some bait earthworms and stuff, maybe that’s an option?

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Re: keeping Tetraodon Schoutedeni

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:58 pm

I buy earthworms from Walmart weekly. How do they know the sex?
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Re: keeping Tetraodon Schoutedeni

Post by Matts » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:23 am

Pufferpunk wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:58 pm
I buy earthworms from Walmart weekly. How do they know the sex?
I'm not certain, I'll ask when I go to pick them up.

It's a store that gets them in a few times a years, they told me they could sex them.
They specialise in oddballs and rare fish and have built a pretty reputable image in the region, so I trust they would tell me if they can't sex them and let me swap if that proves necessary. (they are on YouTube under the name Utaka)

"The males seem to
show a more contrasting pattern and to have longer snouts." according to this importer: https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/fish-a ... tedeni_en/

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