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Carinotetraodon travancoricus (Dwarf Puffer)
A tiny pufferfish with a yellowy brown body patterned with red, brown, or blue patches. Males tend to be more yellowy, while females have more speckles in between the larger spots. Males also have a distinctive keel, but this is only apparent on sexually mature fish.
May be confused with the "imitating" dwarf puffer, Carinotetraodon imitator. That species has more smudgy, less distinct markings and many more speckles between the spots, particularly with the females.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Nippy and aggressive, this fish is remarkably pushy for its size and cannot be mixed easily with other species. Best kept with its own kind (allowing around 3 gallons per fish) in an aquarium with lots of plants or rocks. These fish need lots of caves, and appreciate floating plants. As far as tankmates go, Otocinclus catfish and Caridinia shrimps are known to work well.
Feeding is easy, as these fish will eat most small live foods, but snails should be a significant part of the diet.
These fish do sometimes breed in captivity. The male guards the eggs, and once the fry are free swimming, they will accept tiny live foods. The fry are not easy to raise.
|Distribution||South West India|
|Size||Around 2 cm|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
|Water PH||6.5 to 7.5|
Useful sources of information:
To find out more about these fascinating fish the best resource currently available is the Aqualog publication, The Puffers of Fresh and Brackish Waters. To buy a copy of this book click here
The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.
|The WaterZoo||Peterborough||PE1 2PE|
|Abacus Aquatics||Kent||DA15 8DJ|
|Maidenhead Aquatics @ Crowland||Peterborough||PE6 0JB|
|Aquatic Design Centre||London||SW12 0PS|
Other fish added to TFF recently:
Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Trigonostigma somphongsi||Siamese Dwarf Rasbora|
|Channa melasoma||Black Snakehead|
|Moenkhausia copei||Tetra Copei|