Humpback / Dragon Puffer (Pao palembangensis)


A colorful and unique freshwater puffer found throughout Southeast Asia, the Dragon or Humpback Puffer (Pao palembangensis) 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 are likely to attack most tankmates eventually. This species can usually be successfully kept in groups provided they have plenty of tank space and hides or caves.


Humpback/Dragon Puffer (Pao palembangensis)

Origin: Wild Thailand
Diet: Ambush predator, feeds on crustaceans and live fish in the wild
Adult Size: 6″
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons
Compatibility: Aggressive and likely to nip/bite tankmates.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm