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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:32 am Post subject: puffers anyone? Reply with quote

 hi.
 
 i  guess  the  ceylon  puffer,  the  figure  8  puffer,  the  nile  puffer  all  come  from  India.  i'm  not  sure  about  their  origins  but  i'd  sure  like  to  have  one.  i  got  a  pair  of  ceylon  puffers  once  and  added  them  to  my  new  tank  along  with  mostly  cichlids,  they  dies  the  3rd  day.  i  am  told  they  do  best  in  a  specimin  tank  and  in  brakkish  water.  
 
 need  advice!  im  a  total  rookie!
 
 any  one  on  the  forum  owns  puffers  here?  or  ever  even  seen/heard  of  them?  i'm  totally  fascinated  by  them  and  cant  wait  to  bring  them  back  once  again!
 
 hope  to  hear  from  somebody  soon!
 
 cheers  till  then
 
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 The  only  puffers  I've  seen  in  the  wild  in  India  are  Tetraodon  cutcutia  (N  &  NE  India),  Carinotetraodon  sp.  (travancorius?)  (S.  India)  and  Chelonodon  patoca  (N.  India)
 
 T.cutcutia  prefers  brackish  water.  C.  travancorius  is  a  dwarf  species  that  does  well  in  fresh  water.  I've  caught  C.  patoca  from  the  Ganges,  so  they  should  do  well  in  fresh  water  as  well.
 
 All  puffers  "should"  be  kept  in  species  only  tanks.  They  can  get  quiet  aggressive,  even  amongst  themselves  and  need  to  be  regularly  fed  snails!!
 
 The  Ceylon  puffer  seems  to  be  of  indeterminate  origin.
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 thanks  rahul!
 
 i  dont  know,  but  i  have  seen  a  few  local  shops  here  selling  these  fish.  havta  do  more  research!
 
 thanx  again  for  da  info!
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 I've  got  F8  puffers.    I  suppose  they're  from  South-Indian  and/or  Sri  Lankan  waters.    They  hv  to  be  kept  in  a  species  tank  that  too  cichlids  will  stress  them  a  lot.    Snails  are  the  best  diet  u  can  provide  them.    Mine  also  takes  frozen  shrimp  &  live  tubifex  worms.
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 well  i  am  from  guwahati,  assam  and  out  here  we  get  2  see  a  lot  of  these  dwarf  puffers  in  the  local  fish  market  usually  dead.  i  had  a  fewsome  time  back  they  were  olive  green  with  white  and/or  grey  spots.  well  while  fishin  with  a  net  near  the  river  shores  we  usually  do  get  to  catch  a  couple  of  them.  all  i  know  is  that  they  dont  like  much  of  light,  stays  hidden  under  a  bush  if  222bright  and  forages  the  sandy  bottom  for  snails,  very  small  crabs  and  ocassional  dead  carcass.
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 Olive  green  with  white  spots  sounds  like  Chelonodon  patoca...  rather  uncommon  in  the  hobby.
 
 The  common  puffer  in  India  is  Tetraodon  cutcutia,  which  is  greenish  brown  with  black  stripes.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:57 pm Post subject: Local puffers Reply with quote

 hi  there  
 well  the  one  u  mentioned  Chelonodon  patoca  or  the  Milkspotted  puffer  does  not  exactly  match  the  one  i  had  described  -  olive  green  with  either  a  smoky  white  or  greyish  spots,  biggest  one  i  saw  was  bout  3  inches  n  i  think  thats  an  adult.  well  the  Chelonodon  patoca  description  i  found  is  that  it  occurs  in  coastal  waters  and  enters  the  lower  reaches  of  rivers  and  lagoons.  Usually  found  around  the  mouths  of  rivers  or  in  brackish  mangrove  estuaries  and  sometimes  penetrates  fresh  water,  but  is  never  found  more  than  a  few  km  from  the  sea.  and  the  one  i  said  bout  lives  in  the  rivers  or  rather  large  ponds.  the  Chelonodon  patoca  is  highly  poisonous  and  this  one  is  eaten  out  here.  well  if  i  do  catch  a  new  one  i  will  try  to  send  a  pic  of  it.
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 a  pic  would  be  great!
 
 one  thing  i  found  pretty  strange,  i  added  an  apple  snail  in  there  just  to  clean  up  the  place  and  also  to  see  if  the  buggers  would  eat  it,  they  didnt,  but  the  opposite  did,  the  apple  snail  ate  one  of  the  'poisonous'  puffers  a  bit  and  is  still  pretty  alive  and  happy.  sheesh!
 
 any  comments?
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 Hi  supershaji
 
 It  takes  quite  a  big  puffer  to  eat  a  whole  Apple  Snail.
 Also,  I  dont  think  your  Apple  Snail  would  have  killed  your  Puffer.  It  probably  found  the  puffer  already  dead,  and  was  just  trying  it.  Simple.
 
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