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Banded Freshwater Puffer Fish - Might Be Marilyna Darwinii


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#1 ice

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:24 PM

Recently purchased two little freshwater (I suspect they are actually brackish) puffer fish (9cm). I was told they were natives but the shop knew nothing much else about them. They were sold to me as Banded Puffer Fish but I suspect they are Marilyna Darwinii or something very similar. I'll try to get some photos of them tonight, very cool little fish and super active. For the mean time though heres a link i found on google of what they look like.

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Does anyone know where these fish might have come from or have any information on them? Any other fish shops come across anything similar on their supply lists?

Wouldnt mind getting a couple more for a puffer display tank in the new place!

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#2 Anka

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

What sort of set up and tank mates?

Sounds cool. Keen for pics

#3 ice

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:47 PM

Small slightly brackish temporary tank at the moment, no tank mates yet as I'm not sure how narky they are quite yet. Will figure out something a bit bigger and more permanent after I've moved into my new place in a month or so.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:17 PM

Pet Magic have 2

#5 ice

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:18 PM

How much mate? Was I correct with my ID or are they something different?

#6 ice

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:27 PM

Here are some photos that Imogen snapped quickly before bed. Have discovered that they absolutely love to crunch up and devour trumpet snails!!!

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#7 Bowdy

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:38 PM

There awesome man smile.gif

#8 Anka

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:59 PM

QUOTE (Terry @ Mar 26 2012, 07:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pet Magic have 2


Terry, what environment do they suit? Brackish I know, but do they suit planted aquariums or would they destroy them.

Do these species grow large?

Ice - what size tank you looking at putting them in?

#9 ice

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:03 PM

Not sure yet dude, probably a standard 4 foot, from what i've read they don't get too much bugger than 10cm. Also read that they will eat fleshy plants.

Will see how they go I suppose!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:17 PM

hmm I'd consider getting some if they didn't eat plants sad.gif

#11 ice

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:40 PM

Got 2 more today, settling in well smile.gif

Man do they love snails haha. I've never had so much fun releasing MTS into a fish tank tongue.gif

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:40 AM

if you get short on snails i can give ya plenty!!! smile.gif

lovely crunching sound as they chomp them up....


#13 ice

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:10 AM

Might get some reject apple snails off you next time im up there smile.gif

#14 tranced

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

had some of these at midland, great little fish... was sad to see them go as its so much fun feeding them snails smile.gif i had a similar issue with the ID and i think my googling ended up with Marilyna darwinii as well, it sounds familiar anyway. if you think you have figured it out it would be nice info to know, you think the wholesalers would know these minor details lol

#15 ice

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

Haha I know I was the one that bought them smile.gif Pretty sure that's what they are but still not 100% sure. Shame about the suppliers not providing any information.

#16 Peckoltia

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:18 PM

Great pics man, lots of detail.

#17 Kleinz

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:23 AM

So how are they going? How brackish do you have the water?




I'm asking as I have MTS in a tank and have not yet got round to trying to reduce/remove them, but will probably do so soon. I might try my neosilurus ater out first, but after that I might be chasing one of these.

#18 ice

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:13 AM

Lost one of them because it was already too thin when I got it and it got picked on by the others. The rest are going strong mate. Ive got nothing to measure salinity but it's not too salty, one heaped teaspoon per standard bucket of water. They seem to do fine in full fresh though.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:55 AM

Ive got a salinity test here for ya bro smile.gif its so loud hearing them crunch those snails up smile.gif

#20 Kleinz

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:09 PM

I take it they don't play well with others?




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