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  1. Im a total hairy puffer guy.....all in. So much so that I have bred my mekong puffer (pao palustris) to learn how to best raise the hopefully future hairy puffer fry. Hairy puffers have rivaled the other species of puffer as the one of if not the most personable for me. My Hairy Puffer colony of 3 adults, which could go violent at some point, has been happily together since 2018. They have been exhibiting spawning behaviors since early this year but have not yet produced eggs or fry. I feed them frozen krill with vitachem, mystery snails, and normally house them with a barb colony to clean up. They generally reduce the population of the Barbs for a few weeks but the population then stabilizes. Snails for my crew are size dependant they do not break the shell they go for the snail meat and pull it out. 77-78 7.0ph 300tds easy green and live plants . Good flow and filtration lots of plants has worked for me. I use a powerhead, a bigger hang on back with just floss and sponge. Water change is 20% every week or two depending on feeding. I mostly just need to remove duckweed. They only eat every 4 days or so. Spawning behavior from 2 of them. 4-5" clay pipe Bigger likely male maybe 3/4 size of likely female who is a broader head shape and was the biggest of the 3 when purchased This is the tour I did of my fishroom with a good portion of the hairy puffer set up I use. Caves sand live plants and whatever flow you have handy. I would probably consider more rocks and taking the coop powerhead and medium sponge filter set up or using 3/4" PVC to put the powerhead on one end and the sponge over the other end to make a constant river flow across the long end of my tank.
  2. They do. My first photos of the mekong fry are at 3 days old. I was observing the tank and waiting for the first batch to hatch out and see what the male did with fry if anything; I noticed what I can best describe as a speck of puffer fry swimming around then another then 10 specks of puffer 3 days after the eggs vanished from the cave. The Pao can take live baby brine at 3 days if that helps size wise. I have obtained and now have reliable cultures of whiteworms, daphnia, blackworms, and peanut beetle larvae to go with live brine, "pest" snails, and mystery snails for foods.
  3. Congratulations. It is interesting to see the different puffer breeding behaviors between the cave spawners and the scatterers
  4. I also enjoy that latest kasa update for the timers running off local sunrise and sunset as well. I shoot for that offset anyway where natural sunlight is around when powered lights turn on or off. I figure I'd prefer it vs going total darkness to full light and the sunrise sunset keeps the seasonal variances for them. (Weekend times for the teenager wifi destruct button. Programmed the router so the "guest" network replaced the full internet. The saved password works the same but now that is fully controlled. Highly recommended parental control.)
  5. When I see scuds I take it as an indicator of system heath and maturity. More of a bonus food and clean up crew than an issue for me. Anything with a mouth of sufficient size eats them in my systems.
  6. Apologies for the out of focus Pao palustris spawn #4 eggs. Seems promising to this point. Male is out of frame within his clay cave in spawning and spawn defense reversed colors dark green with light green spots.
  7. The first thing I thought of was I am always looking for fry in my puffer colonys, and from my L169 plecos..... I look everyday. Real answer Besides new puffer species to try observing and possibly run breeding projects with I am always looking for newly available loach species particularly the hillstream species of loaches both flat reticulated, spotted, etc, and elongated species panda,sumo,etc. The tri band sumo loach and the panda loach are both two of my favorite colonies I have now
  8. Very fascinating indeed. I am looking forward to learning more from my colony as it grows.
  9. Agreed even as adults with the less than ideal lighting they enjoy the repashy a bit and of course algae Nice choices that would be a fun tank with the hillstreams and colorful schooling fish.
  10. True and even that is not absolute in the way we expect. Fish need water most of the time. If we count some species you can get annual killifish from a bag of dirt sent through the mail and have to wait months before adding adding water back, lungfish don't have water for long periods and return when the rains do, the many fish, snake heads, climbing perch, walking catfish, etc who can cross from one body of water over land to another body of water and be fine for nearly a week out of water.
  11. What is everyone's favorite loach they have kept, currently keep, or want to keep? How do /will you keep it? My first choice (recency bias) : Tri band sumo loach. I keep a colony of them in a 35 gallon with a coop powerhead sponge filter combo, a sicce with the directional attachment (hillstream level flow). Also used diy slate tile tunnels, coconut huts, and a few plants in easy planters to create lots of sight breaks territories, and cover. Dither fish will be prestilla tetras after they quarantine to encourage more viewing and less warp speed food runs out from cover and back in . My now #2 loach is the dwarf chain loach. My dwarf chain loaches are about perfect for any tank I have (without puffers). They play all the time, eat everything, and have never met a snail they didn't enjoy.
  12. My theory is that daphnia might keep the worms more stable over the winter and hopefully allow me to feed both over the next 6 months of my kind of cold. up here 9100 feet closer than sea level to the sun the packages are normally frozen on arrival due to overnight lows. In better temperatures I would rather go with the regular orders of worms but I figured I'd do the way more work route to try and feed them during the NHL season. My Scleromystax baianinho II C112 go crazy for the blackworms. Other fish are just not as all in as the catfish. I've see a few times when they were up to their eyes in the sand grabbing blackworms from the depths. Happy catfish every time.
  13. Those Eastern Aquatics blackworms are a game changer for me. My Scleromystax Baianinho II C112 in particular will start going crazy when they see me coming with the rinsed blackworms. Even my panda loaches go nuts for them. Excellent food.
  14. It does not seem to be caused directly by the male. The speed of death when it occurs and lack of visible damage to the female almost completely rules him out in my opinion. I would expect to see aggression or at least a little damage if it were the male causing it. No split fins no scratches, nothing visible make me think the female death is possibly a result of spawning at my altitude, in my water, as a colony, etc;or how and what I feed;or the age of the WC adult puffers involved, or somehow that possibly that being a survival strategy of the species. That seems odd but I bought my group online unsexed and it broke down to 1 male and 5 female. They crank out eggs and fry it is every 60 days or so for my group. This is not something I've experienced with any other species before. It has peaked my curiosity enough that I wanted to share and see of anyone may have some insight based off of their experiences with other species.
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