Spotted Puffer
Tetraodon nigroviridis

Care Level

Medium

Temperament

Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

Yes

Max Size

5 - 8

Minimum Tank Size

75

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 Spotted Puffer (Tetraodon nigroviridis) is from the brackish estuaries of Indonesia, and southeast Asia. Although the Spotted Puffer naturally occupy brackish waters, they can be converted to freshwater conditions. If converted to freshwater, Spotted Puffer will likely have a shortened lifespan, and be less likely to reproduce. Normally, the Spotted Puffer will reach a length of up to 7 inches. This fish species is normally considered to be "pugnacious" (better off being alone, or specifically with other Spotted Puffer) within the hobby.

Fecundity: The Spotted Puffer (Tetraodon nigroviridis) may produce over 200 eggs per clutch. There are multiple ways to encourage reproductive behaviors of the Spotted Puffer. Maintaining a neutral pH, intermediate water hardness, and aquatic plant life will encourage the Spotted Puffer to breed. Being a brackish species, maintaining a salinity of 1.01ppt (or slightly higher) will trigger the most natural behavior of Spotted 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, Mysis Shrimp, Krill. It is often ideal to feed multiple times per day, while frequently performing water changes, in order to manage aggression.

Dimorphism: The Spotted Puffer (Tetraodon nigroviridis) 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 Spotted Puffer will not develop either of these stripes, and will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

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


Spotted Puffer Videos

Author: Grant Stevens