Hairy Puffer (Pao baileyi)


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.



Hairy Puffer (Pao baileyi)

Origin: Wild Thailand
Locale: Mekong River rapids near the Laos border
Diet: Carnivore, feeding on mollusks, worms, and frozen foods
Adult Size: 6″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons
Compatibility: An extremely aggressive puffer. Not recommended with any other tankmates. Has been kept successfully as pairs.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          7.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm