...The puffer your talking about was in huge nos, well in a river system like that of the Kumaradhara am sure none of us could see any sort of aggression with them....
....What we spotted were most along the banks of the river in groups ... dont think we got to see a loner!!!!
I am very happy to read this, sounds if they are real social fish and no loners at all.
Infact it was the easiest fish to catch... Â
In germany its even harder to catch one .
If i remember correctly they were mostly found at places with low water levels...in the midst of a slow water current.
I could observe, that they do not like strong current in my aquarium.
The puffers were in groups ranging from 4 or 5 to over 20....
sounds very good ! A social fish !
This fish would turn up in our nets almost with every dip. Aggression might be a real issue in an aquarium where as in a river it was not apparent to us.
At the times we silently watched the groups from the banks, they did not show any aggression towards each other.
C.travancoricus is an aggressive fish in aquarium when there are a few individuals only.
I think that the aggression will be no problem at all, when the fish is held in groups similar to the behavior of some cichlids .
A river is not easily to compare with a small aquarium, but I will try it with a group.
I am just raising ca. 30-40 young C.travancoricus.
... these guys were more interested in escaping and possibly had no time for agression.
In fact some of the E canarensis pictures in the conatin this fish more or less as solitary individuals, this was an exception rather than the rule.
And I am very glad, that you made the travel to find E.canarensis.
Whithout this article I would not have the luck to get in contact whith people who saw c.travancoricus in natural biotope .
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Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:45 am Post subject: Re: Caronotetrodon travancoricus <-> Etroplus canarens
C.Travancoricus is a carnivorous fish. It feeds on crustaceans in the wild.
It does not need algae. But it might be eating snails in the algae. Snails are its favorite food and you should see them hunting it.
It is also called the dwarf puffer and where we have seen them, hill streams and rivers in the western ghats the water will be soft. Please do not add salt to your aquarium.
I had kept them(wild caught) for one year. Excellent snail busters in a planted tank. Very intelligent too. But in an aquarium will be aggressive toward each other and fin nippers. They are ambush hunters. Will stay at one spot without moving for a long time and then wham! The snail or the worm or any small fish is gone.
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