Puffer fish is one beautiful and hardy fish suitable for large saltwater tank. Puffer fish can be a responsive pet and knows the presence of it’s keeper so you’ll find it asking for food by making some splashes and even it’ll come out of cave when keeper is near the tank. In comparison to other saltwater fishes you need to be more careful while taking care of this fish.They’re friendly but poisonous as well so be careful while handling them and especially kids needs to kept at some distance.
Size & color: Spiny Puffer grows to length of about 12 inches to 18 inches and sometimes even larger than that. They’ve got off white body color with brown or wooden colored dots and bands. Different types of puffer will vary in their color. Their lifespan is 5 years or even longer than that. Some aquarist found that they’ve lifetime of about 12-15 years.
ph & temperature: Aquarist are suggested to maintain the ph of about 8.1 – 8.4. Temperature inside the tank should be 25°C – 28°C with hardness of about 8 – 12°dKH.
Food: Spiny puffer can prefer flake food and fresh shrimp. If you can give them frozen foods like frozen prawns, krills and herbivore frozen food then it’ll be enough for their diet. Because of their appetite they’re not preferred for the reef tank as they might eat crab and other invert in the tank.
There are many types of puffer fish like:
- stars and stripes puffer
- dog faced puffer
- figure eight puffer
- porcupine puffer
And there are some other varieties where you’ll not find spines on their body. You’ll also find it hard to differentiate between male and female.
Behavior: You’ll find it hard to keep two puffer fishes of any type in same tank. They often end up fighting with each other. Depending on their strength one will simply end up eating another. They’re not aggressive towards any other fish but when it comes to their own species you’ll find that they have lot of conflicts. You can keep them with tang and wrass in your saltwater tank.
Though they’re peaceful fish they can take food out of another fish’s mouth but will not hurt them. Fishes smaller than their size is likely to be their food or chances of getting hurt. As they’re threat towards reef tank marine species so not suitable for reef tank.
Puffer Fish facts:
- Spines of puffer fish are poisonous. It contains toxic called “tetrodotoxin” which could give paralysis.
- Puffer fish often jumps out of the tank so the tank needs to be closed to avoid them getting out of the tank.
- When they get scared they puff and hence they’re named as “puffer”.
- Puffer fish teeths often grow to the size that makes it hard for them to eat food. So give them food that puts pressure on their teeth and keeps it in shape.
Though it’s quite hardy marine fish but requires aquarist to take a lot of care.They’re beautiful and worth to keep in the tank. If the tank is large and there are some semi-aggressive marine fishes you can place single puffer fish in the tank. They’ll proved to be a good show for your saltwater aquarium.