I grabbed a Tetraodon Schoutedeni " Spotted Congo Puffer " from a local importer a couple months ago. He has been in my 20 gallon long office tank since I got him while I got my 75 gallon re-setup. Many of you will remember that this same 75 gallon tank used to house Dueling Volcanoes
. Today I really made a lot of progress with the 75 Gallon and decided enough progress has been made to start a thread on it!
If you don't know, the Tetraodon Schoutedeni or the " Spotted Congo Puffer " has been out of the hobby for the last 20 or so years. The reason is because where these are caught in the wild has been a war torn region and exporters have been unable to catch them. The area has started to calm down a bit and they are able to get back in there and catch them, so we are able to get our hands on them for the first time in 2 decades. The down side is that it is very much a sellers market on this fish, they are bringing as much as $280+ shipping right now. Expect prices to come down a bit over the next year or so. I also believe some people are attempting to breed them. So far he has been a great fish! The nice thing about this fish is that unlike most puffers, they are very passive, thats not to say they are peaceful, they are still a puffer species and you need to be willing to loose anything that is in the tank with them. Anything they decide is food wont survive for long. So I am excited to finally have this fish.
If you haven't heard of this fish, or don't know what it looks like I don't blame you, here are some pics I have taken of mine since I have had them.
Anyway, here is the 20 that he has been in for the last few months, its really empty in this picture compared to how it has been since I took a lot of the plants out of it to put in the 75. After I move the puffer from the 20 to the 75, all the plants will be going in the 75 and the 20 is being taken down.
here is the 75 gallon. The hardscape is done and the plants came from the 20 gallon. Expect a LOT more plants to be added.
Here he is, finally in the 75!
He seems to be really enjoying all the extra space and all the different size and shapes of driftwood has really made quite the extensive tunnel system. He will dip out of sight then appear on the other side of the tank.