Carinotetraodon irrubesco Tank Mates

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Carinotetraodon irrubesco Tank Mates

Post by arfive » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:55 am

Hi All,

I'm new to this forum and puffer keeping. I just got 3 Carinotetraodon irrubesco, unfortunately one died, so now I have two. They are currently in quarantine and being treated for fungus. That's why one died. I should have started fungus treatment the first day I got them. Anyway, the two I have left are both eating and looking good. My plan is to put them in a 50 gal tank with Diamond Head Neons, Silver Tip Tetras, Corydoras julii and one Super Red Bristlenose Pleco. My worry is perhaps the puffers will try to eat the other fish while they are sleeping? Anyone have any experience with this?

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Re: Carinotetraodon irrubesco Tank Mates

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:49 pm

Your fear is legit. This species does NOT play well with others!
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: Carinotetraodon irrubesco Tank Mates

Post by DARTHxNIHILUS » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:07 pm

I have kept four Irrubescos (3 males, 1 female) with black neon tetras for about 7 months now and never had an incident. In fact, one of the males was being highly aggressive to his irrubesco tankmates and had to be moved to his own tank a 3 months ago (with the tetras). The tetras can steal food from his mouth and he won't get bothered, he just doesn't see them as intruding on his territory. I'm not sure if its the fact that they stick to the midwater, their coloration differences, or what, but 4/4 my irrubescos tolerate black neons, and the black neons don't bother him either. There are only 6, not sure if they'd find higher numbers more stressful.

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Re: Carinotetraodon irrubesco Tank Mates

Post by HanterBen » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:16 am

I've kept irrubesco puffers (1 male, 2 females) for the past 6-7 months and they're one of the most peaceful (to other species) fish that I've kept in 35 years of fish keeping. If anyone tells you any different ask them what first hand experience they have of this.
Originally I kept them with neon green rasbora, but they're too aggressive to their own species. Now I have them in a tank with Celestial Pearl Danio, Red Koi Tuxedo Guppies (they look really good with the CPDs), 3 species of khuli, Bumblebee gobies (I've even seen one goby "sit" on the male puffer!), a plec and shrimp.
My cherry shrimp are doing so well I've had to start giving them away!!!
My tip is make sure you have plenty of cover (plants, bogwood, small caves etc) so they have somewhere to hide, feed them small amounts of blood worm 1-2 times a day and probably don't put other puffers in with them.
Obviously, I can only speak from my own experience, but out of the 4 types of freshwater/brackish water species I've kept, these are by far the easiest to keep.

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