Amazon Puffer (Colomesus asellus)

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A true freshwater pufferfish found throughout the entire Amazon Basin, the Amazon Puffer or South American Puffer is a small growing and relatively peaceful species that inhabits shallow water habitat. They are usually found in medium to large aggregations in sandy shallows, often in sediment-laden whitewater rivers or streams. 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. Hard-shelled prey items are a necessary addition to their diet, so snails, shrimp, small crayfish, and other molluscs should be offered regularly to ensure their sharp beaks do not get overgrown.

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0Amazon Puffer (Colomesus asellus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Napo
Diet: Carnivore, feeding on mollusks, worms, and frozen foods
Adult Size: 4″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons
Compatibility: One of the few puffers that can generally be kept with other fish, but tankmates should still be chosen carefully

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm