Imitator Dwarf Puffer (Carinotetraodon imitator)


A small, true freshwater pufferfish species, the Imitator Dwarf Puffer is extremely similar to the much more well-known Dwarf Pea Puffer (C. travancoricus) but can be distinguished by its pattern of fewer, larger spots and other small morphological differences. It is believed they live alongside Pea Puffers in the wild in mixes shoals in some cases. Like their close relative, their small adult size, inquisitive nature, and interesting group dynamics make them an ideal aquarium fish. A social fish best kept in groups of 5 or more, like all puffers they may nip at the fins of other fish (especially slow moving or long finned species) so tankmates should be chosen with caution. With a preference for relatively soft, slightly acidic water they are a hardy and adaptable species that will generally do well in most aquariums.

Approximate purchase size: 0.3 – 0.6″

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Imitator Dwarf Puffer (Carinotetraodon imitator)

Origin: Wild India
Locale: Kerala
Diet: Micropredator and insectivore. Will accept most small frozen foods in the aquarium.
Adult Size: 1.25″
Recommended Tank Size: 10 Gallon
Compatibility: Like all puffers, these fish can be prone to fin nipping with slow moving tankmates, but they can be successfully kept in a community aquarium

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:6.8 – 7.5
Temp: 76 – 82F
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: <30ppm

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