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Fahaka Puffer (Tetraodon lineatus)

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One of a few species of giant freshwater puffers from Africa, the Fahaka or Lined Puffer is found in freshwater rivers and lakes throughout East and Central Africa. In the wild, they use their powerful beak to feed on crustaceans, mollusks, and even other fish. In the aquarium, they feed readily on most meaty foods and will readily take bites out of their tankmates as well. An intelligent and fascinating fish for an appropriately large aquarium, Fahaka Puffers are best kept in a species tank on their own.

Amazon Puffer (Colomesus asellus)

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A true freshwater pufferfish found throughout the entire Amazon Basin, the Amazon Puffer is a small growing and relatively peaceful species that usually inhabits shallow water habitat. In the aquarium, they are one of the few puffer species which will thrive in groups, and they are generally safe with similarly-sized, fast moving tankmates. Amazon Puffers are primarily carnivores but will usually accept a wide variety of frozen and freeze dried foods.

Dwarf Pea Puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

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The smallest known species of pufferfish and a true freshwater species, the Pea or Indian Dwarf Puffer is found in shallow, warm, slow-moving waters in Central and Southwestern India. With their small adult size, inquisitive nature, and interesting group dynamics, they are deservedly popular among nano aquarium keepers and they will do well in an aquascaped or planted tank. Best kept in groups, like all puffers they are prone to nip at the fins of their tankmates (especially slow moving or long finned species) so tankmates should be chosen with caution. This species has been successfully bred in the aquarium.

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Mbu Puffer (Tetraodon mbu)

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Few freshwater fish are as immediately eye catching and engaging as the Mbu Puffer, an African species of true freshwater pufferfish found in the Congo River Basin. Intelligent, personable, but also extremely aggressive, this fish is a unique display animal and has a well-deserved following among keepers of large, predatory fish. They are relatively hardy and undemanding about water conditions, but with their often underestimated razor sharp beak they will typically finish off any tankmates over time. This species is therefore best kept alone. They are enthusiastic eaters and will learn to beg for food at the front of the tank quickly – the best food items for Mbu are protein-rich frozen feeds like clam, squid, etc. Their beaks grow quickly so frozen (or live) crayfish and other hard-shelled food items are an important addition the diet to help wear down their sharp beaks.

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Target Puffer (Pao leiurus)

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A smaller puffer species found in Southeast Asia, P. leiurus is found in both pure fresh and brackish water environments but is more commonly encountered in freshwater. They are generally peaceful towards each other, but tankmates should be considered carefully as, like all puffers, these fish are likely to nip fins or bite.

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Humpback / Dragon Puffer (Pao palembangensis)

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A colorful and unique freshwater puffer found throughout Southeast Asia, the Dragon or Humpback Puffer is an ambush predator, spending much of its time laying in wait on the substrate for unsuspecting prey to pass in front of them. In the aquarium, they are a relatively hardy puffer but they do have a tendency to bite other fish so tankmates should be chosen carefully.

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Red Eye Puffer (Carinotetraodon lorteti)

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A smaller puffer species found throughout Southeast Asia, the Red Eye Puffer is a peaceful, pure freshwater puffer often found in soft, acidic streams . Among the more peaceful species of puffer, they can be maintained in groups in a sufficiently large aquarium as long as ample cover is provided.

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Spotted Congo Puffer (Tetraodon schoutedeni)

$199.99$249.99

One of the smallest and most peaceful of all freshwater puffers, the Spotted Congo or Schoutedeni Puffer is found in stretches of the middle Congo River in Central Africa. Once relatively common in the trade, unrest in its native habitat has made it rare, sought after, and difficult to find. In the wild, they mainly inhabit clear water areas with moderate to low current and will do best in an aquarium with similar conditions. Peaceful, hardy, and active, they will get along with most tankmates as long as they aren’t small enough to be considered a meal.

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Parrot Puffer (Colomesus psittacus)

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A rarely seen relative of the popular Amazon Puffer (Colomesus asellus), the Parrot Puffer is found in coastal waters of Northeastern South America where it inhabits light to moderate brackish environments. A voracious eater, they should be kept with fast-moving (if any tankmates), although they do not appear to be aggressive towards each other in the aquarium. The addition of some salt to create at least slightly brackish conditions is recommended.

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Congo Puffer (Tetraodon miurus)

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A unique true freshwater puffer found throughout much of Central Africa’s Congo River Basin, the Miurus or Congo Puffer is a uniquely adapted ambush predator best suited to a species-only aquarium. In the wild, they tend to inhabit fast-moving stretches of water with sandy substrate, where they bury themselves with only their upward-facing eyes and mouth visible. They wait in this position for potential prey items to swim overhead, and then dart upwards, using their sharp beak to tear into their prey (which can include much larger fish). In the aquarium, they will display this same behavior which is why tankmates, even larger fish, are not recommended. A relatively hardy fish, they do best in clean, neutral or slightly alkaline well-oxygenated water with some current. Most Congo Puffers are a tan or beige, but a rarer reddish-orange variant also exists and is sometimes available in the trade.

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Orange Saddle Fugu Puffer (Takifugu ocellatus)

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A colorful and distinctive member of the open water dwelling Takifugu puffers, the Orange Saddle or Orange Spot Fugu Puffer is found in coastal waters around China and Northern Vietnam, where it inhabits pure freshwater areas, brackish estuaries, and full strength marine waters. Generally, juvenile fish tend to be found in more freshwater habitat but the species does appear to move in and out of different salinities with ease. A fast moving and extremely active fish, they should be provided with plenty of open space in the aquarium and do best with the addition of some salt. A predator in nature, they should be given a varied diet including hard-shelled items like snails, clams, or whole shrimp to wear down their sharp beaks. As with many puffer species, they can be aggressive towards tankmates so larger, fast-moving fish are the safest option but even then should be added with caution.

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Pignose Puffer (Pao suvattii)

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A highly adapted ambush predator found in the fast-flowing waters of the middle Mekong, the Pignose or Arrowhead Puffer spends most of its time buried in sandy or silty substrate in the wild. Its upward facing mouth and excellent vision allow it to lie in wait for other fish or invertebrates to pass overhead, striking almost instantaneously to take a bite of the unprotected underbelly with their sharp beaks. In the aquarium they are interesting if not particularly active fish, best kept in a species tank. Any tankmates are generally at risk of being eaten.

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Red Spot Puffer (Pao abei)

$59.99

A unique and rarely seen freshwater puffer from the Greater Mekong Basin in Thailand and Cambodia, the Red Spot Puffer (formerly known as Tetraodon abei) is typically found in shallow water habitat with significant plant coverage. Like most puffers, they use their sharp, powerful beaks to hunt and eat insects, molluscs, and crustaceans. In the aquarium, they are undemanding and can generally be kept together but as with all puffers any tankmates can be risky.

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Greenbottle Puffer (Auriglobus nefastus)Out Of Stock

Greenbottle Puffer (Auriglobus nefastus)

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A true freshwater puffer found in parts of Southeast Asia, the Greenbottle Puffer is a unique, fast-moving species which is often found in groups in the wild. Like most puffers, they are prone to nipping the fins of other fish, so should be kept with hardy, fast-moving tankmates (if any). This species can be kept in a  group of 5 or more fish, although they should be fed heavily and given plenty of cover to avoid aggression. They are known to inhabit fast flowing waters, so the addition of a powerhead for some current may be beneficial.

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Bullseye Puffer (Sphoeroides annulatus)

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A freshwater to marine puffer found along the Pacific Coast of South and Central America, the Bullseye Puffer is a large growing and attractively marked species. When young, they are often found in pure freshwater but migrate to brackish or full marine waters as they reach adulthood. Like most puffers, they are prone to nipping the fins of other fish, so should be kept with hardy, fast-moving tankmates (if any). This species can be kept in  groups, although they should be fed heavily and given plenty of cover to avoid aggression.

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Orange Congo Puffer (Tetraodon miurus ‘orange’)

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A unique true freshwater puffer found throughout much of Central Africa’s Congo River Basin, the Orange Miurus or Orange Congo Puffer is a uniquely adapted ambush predator best suited to a species-only aquarium. In the wild, they tend to inhabit fast-moving stretches of water with sandy substrate, where they bury themselves with only their upward-facing eyes and mouth visible. They wait in this position for potential prey items to swim overhead, and then dart upwards, using their sharp beak to tear into their prey (which can include much larger fish). In the aquarium, they will display this same behavior which is why tankmates, even larger fish, are not recommended. A relatively hardy fish, they do best in clean, neutral or slightly alkaline well-oxygenated water with some current. Most Congo Puffers are a tan or beige, but the much rarer orange variant is unmistakable and sought after in the hobby.

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Hairy Puffer (Pao baileyi)

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A unique ambush predator found in the Middle Mekong drainage in Thailand, Laos, and possibly Cambodia, the Hairy Puffer gets its name from the ring of small fleshy tassels that surrounds its head. In the wild, they tend to inhabit extremely fast-moving waters, including powerful rapids, but spend most of their time partially buried in substrate where they wait for prey to swim above them. In the aquarium, they are best kept in a species tank as they are likely to attack most tankmates. This species has been successfully kept in pairs and bred in an aquarium setting.

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Milk-spotted Puffer (Chelonodon patoca)

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A widespread, medium growing species of puffer, the Milk Spotted Pufferfish can be found in brackish to marine coastal environments across most of the Indo-Pacific. An active swimmer, it is typically found in estuarine areas and mangrove swamps as juveniles while adults may migrate out to reefs or shallow seagrass flats. A predatory species, it uses its sharp beak to feed on crustaceans and bivalves in the wild. In the aquarium, they will accept a wide range of frozen protein-rich foods and the occasional live feeder shrimp.

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Brackish Immaculatus Puffer (Arothron immaculatus)

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The Immaculatus or Yellow Eye Puffer is typically found in marine and reef habitats throughout the Indo Pacific, but like several other pufferfish species it occasionally ventures into brackish water areas like estuaries and lagoons and are able to adapt to salinity as low as 10ppt. These fish were collected in mangrove swamp habitat in Negombo Lagoon, Sri Lanka, where salinity ranges from 10 – 18ppt. Although they will likely migrate out to the Indian Ocean as they grow, juveniles may remain in brackish conditions for extended periods. In the aquarium, we recommend a salinity of around 15ppt with a gradual increase as the fish approach adulthood. A hardy, active, and outgoing species, they will do well with similarly sized fast moving tankmates like Scats, Monos, or Chromides.

Brackish Stars and Stripes Puffer (Arothron hispidus)Out Of Stock

Brackish Stars and Stripes Puffer (Arothron hispidus)

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The Stars and Stripes or White Spotted Puffer is typically found in marine and reef habitats throughout the Indo Pacific, but like several other pufferfish species it occasionally ventures into brackish water areas like estuaries and lagoons and are able to adapt to salinity as low as 10ppt. These fish were collected in mangrove swamp habitat in Negombo Lagoon, Sri Lanka, where salinity ranges from 10 – 18ppt. Although they will likely migrate out to the Indian Ocean as they grow, juveniles may remain in brackish conditions for extended periods. In the aquarium, we recommend a salinity of around 15ppt with a gradual increase as the fish approach adulthood. A hardy, active, and outgoing species, they will do well with similarly sized fast moving tankmates like Scats, Monos, or Chromides.