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Possible biotope for Carinotetraodon travancoricus
February 23, 2015
5:35 pm
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Hello everyone,

I recently found that one fish shop near me sells these great-looking puffers. Immediately I got interested and decided to look for information on these guys. As it appears they can be kept in small tanks as single occupants, but many people keep them in groups.

My two choices for them are a 20"x12"x12" (50x30x30 cm) tank or a 12"x8"x10" (30x20x25) tank. If I choose the latter, I will keep only one specimen, but I'd like to have a couple or a trio. Could this be done in the bigger tank? Based on your experiences, how many of these guys could be kept there?

Thank you all in advance.

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February 24, 2015
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Carinotetraodon travancoricus (Hora & Nair 1941). Nothobranchiidae. Distribution: Rambha [Pamba] River, central Travancore, Kerala, India.

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Should be kept in a group of at least 6 to 8 puffers ...

Carinotetraodon travancoricus are predators, they love to live food. Mostly bloodworms. Sometimes mosquito larvae, Daphnia and Cyclops, they can also eat newborn shrimps, if they can find them within plants. So may be a group of 6-8 in  a planted tank with some floating plants and bogwood.

Can keep shrimps and snails as well which will eventually add to their diet ...

Inhabits very still waters in nature. Like most puffers it’s very sensitive to deteriorating water conditions, so regular partial water changes are a must.

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Source :- Hora, S. L.  and K. K. Nair  1941 Notes on fishes in the Indian Museum. XLI. New records of freshwater fish from Travancore. Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 43 (pt 3): 387-393

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Source :- Hora, S. L.  and K. K. Nair  1941 Notes on fishes in the Indian Museum. XLI. New records of freshwater fish from Travancore. Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 43 (pt 3): 387-393

More Information Please see :- http://indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/238241

February 26, 2015
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Thanks for the information. Regarding the tank, I decided to go with a larger one to house a small group. I am planning to go for a 60x40x40 cm (24"x16"x16") 96L (25gal) where I'll keep around 6 of these guys. It might turn out rather empty with just a small group of these (since it is not advisable to keep them with other species), but from what I have seen they are very very interesting fish and make up for that.

I'd like for someone who kept these guys long term to share the experience, especially when it comes to housing C. travancoricus with other fish. I am afraid that they will school together while young, but start fighting when they reach adulthood.

 

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March 13, 2015
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From what I hear you can add ottos as the puffers generally leave them alone.

March 15, 2015
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Thank you for your participation. However, this project is on standby. I found a very cheap 55g aquarium and decided to go for some larger cichlids instead. Housing only these small puffers on a aquarium that large would be an overkill.

Maybe in a near future I'll buy something smaller for these guys.

 

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March 17, 2015
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Just for inspiration...

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