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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone know the name of this one ?

Hi there,

I live in Guangdong province in S. China and was on a fishing/boat trip in the Pearl river estuary and we caught a few pufferfish. I kept them and took them home and placed them in my freshwater tank where they appear to be doing quite well. However, I really don't know what type it is or what it's preferred food would be. Anyone have a idea ? One of the fish has yellow coloured bands while the others are more orange. Below is a fairly low res photo.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 04:37 PM
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name is..........

Takifugu ocellatus lives in fresh and brackish.
found in china.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 05:06 PM
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Correct about the name, otherwise known as a panther puffer... but... not completely accurate about the freshwater/brackish info. They are born and spawn in freshwater, however... as they mature they move to brackish and finally to marine conditions, so should be acclimated to full marine conditions as it matures. I have no idea how big your fish is, but you can expect adult size of about 14 inches. Long term in freshwater they have a very very low success rate, as their bodies require the salinity as they mature.

They need large tanks, minimum should be 75 - 90 gallons.

Here is a link to some accurate info about them to help get you started:
http://animal-world.com/encyclo/mari...rs/panther.php

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if your fish is 2 inches long it can live in brackish.
If it is 3 inches, add more salt to the water. over 3, to 4 it has to be in salt.
If you took it from brackish water... keep it in brackish. If you took it in salt..
it belongs in saltwater.
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Thanks for all your advice. He was caught in a net on the shrimp boat we were on which was right at the mouth of the Pearl river, very low salinity. Been 2 weeks now and they seem to be OK. I have quite a collection in my tank which is about 75 gallons so don't want to add any salt as it will affect the rest of my fish.
Thanks again for your time and help.

Gary
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 03:53 AM
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Will you be returning them to the river, then?

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2010, 06:40 PM
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thats an orange saddle puffer
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