Pea Puffer
Carinotetraodon travancoricus

Care Level

Medium

Temperament

Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

Yes

Max Size

Less than 2"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon

Color

Black, Green, White, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

Slightly basic (7.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

Description


General: The Dwarf Puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus) is from the brackish waters of Southern Asia. The Dwarf Puffer can be converted to freshwater conditions. If converted to freshwater, Dwarf Puffer will likely have a shortened lifespan, and be less likely to reproduce. Normally, the Dwarf Puffer will reach a length of up to two inches. However, Dwarf Puffer should not be kept with any fish relative in size. This fish species is normally considered to be "pugnacious" (better off being alone, or specifically with other Dwarf Puffer) within the hobby.

Fecundity: The Dwarf Puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus) may produce several hundred eggs per clutch. There are multiple ways to encourage reproductive behaviors of the Dwarf Puffer. Maintaining a neutral pH, intermediate water hardness, and aquatic plant life will entice the Dwarf Puffer to breed. Being a brackish species, maintaining a salinity of 1.01ppt will trigger the most natural behavior of Dwarf Puffer.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly basic (7.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

Aquarium Diet: Brine Shrimp, Baby Brine Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Mullusk, Krill

Dimorphism: The Dwarf Puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus) male will develop a brown stripe on the ventral half, from front to back. The male will also develop light blue stripes around the eyes. Female Dwarf Puffer will not develop either of these stripes, and will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: The Dwarf Puffer is considered to be "pugnacious" (better off being alone, or specifically with other Dwarf Puffer). Kuhli Loach, and Danio will typically be fast enough to live with Dwarf Puffer.