Pufferfish are very popular with aquarists. They get their name from one of their defense mechanisms where they puff up. If they are stressed or threatened they will puff up to double their size. This is a defense mechanisms to scare away the predators. It is not healthy for them to puff up and the more they do it the shorter their life will be. All puffers lack pelvic fins and use the pectoral fins to move around in the tank.
All Puffers also have very poisonous skin and are harmful to humans when ingested.
They are not reef compatible and will nip at and eat coral. They are semi aggressive fish should be housed with other semi aggressive fish because they will nip at the fins of less aggressive fish. They have teeth that are fused together and form beak like structures. They will eat a variety of meaty marine food consisting of squid, krill, shrimp, clams and other meaty food. Most puffers have spherical body’s that are covered in spines.
They are hardy fish and will adapt well to your home aquarium if they have enough space to swim and places to hide.
Tank Recommendation (min): 125 Gal
Water Conditions: 76-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025