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Photo 1 courtesy of K.R. Baker, who is a fellow enthusiast.
He has been experimenting with breeding the T. leiurus. He has had
success keeping a number of individuals in one tank, but I caution that
they were young when placed together, and that helps with the tolerance
level. One of the females lays eggs fairly frequently, but the eggs tend
to get fungus, or never hatch. Kevin is experimenting with peat, softer
water and low pH, since these puffs originate from peat swamps in Asia.
The puffers court, and clear a section of gravel into a hollow where the
eggs are laid. We have talked about using a peat diver tank like Killifish
breeders, hoping perhaps the milt will have a chance to fertilize the eggs
with the current interrupted by the partition. The next battle will be feeding
the fry properly!
I find this species to be hardy, and very tolerant of a broad
range of water parameters. I also have noticed a definite bad reaction to
bright lights. This is probably due to their natural habitat, which with
a peat swamp, would be dark water, with lots of tannin etc. blocking the
light source. They see very well in the dark, as midnight trips to the fridge
for water have testified. They see me pass by the tanks even in pitch dark.
Keep an eye out for fish that look different when viewing
tanks of this species. Other species are often mixed in, and while bleached
due to stress, the collectors and the distributors may not notice. Other
rare species found mixed in have been T. abei, T. baileyi, T.
palembangensis and T. barbatus. Checking tanks of T. suvattii
is also a good idea as some of these species also inhabit the same river