Beardedbillygoat1975 Posted November 4, 2022 Share Posted November 4, 2022 Well this is a step I’ve wanted to take for a long time. All the fish stores I’d spoke to indicated as we got closer to winter they’d start getting in new groups of puffers. I got my original group of Carinotetraodon irrubesco last spring kind of end of the import season and ended up with a group of 5 males. Hank is the lone survivor after losing 2 in the move from Bend to Seattle area. To say they were violent towards each other would be an understatement. I lost my first one within days and separated the other 4 each to their own tanks. One died of disease but the other 3 did well. The move ended the other 2 Bobby and Boomauer. Leaving Hank ironically King of the Hill. @mountaintoppufferkeeperhas been super helpful along the way and noticed when at His LFS which ships online a group of puffers he let me know. I contacted them and ordered up 3 females. They arrived Wednesday. They are healthy and very shy. No pics yet - it’s almost like they know the lines of sight and stay just to the left or the right enough to ruin a picture. It’ll happen eventually. Here is a pic of what females look like The females have more pattern while the males have this all grey top and creamy white belly with a red stripe down the middle in full breeding dress. Males have the characteristic red tail and red eyes although they’re iridescent so just depends on refraction of the light. My next step Is to do 2 rounds of Paracleanse and Expel-P and treat anything else that comes up while attempting to fatten them up and get them growing with some water changes and snails/worms. I’m lucky some Val I bought was loaded with pond and ramshorns and they’re small perfect for the little ladies. At present I have 2 - 15 g tanks dedicated to the project. I’m considering adding a 20 long as the “breeding” tank and then rear any fry in that tank. Right now I have 2 sponge filters on each tank and temp is at 78. I am excited about the project. So is Hank he can see the girls next door and is cruising the glass. There’s a top on his tank so I’ve got no concerns about him jumping. 1 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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