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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.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution South West India
Temperature 24-28C
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


Shop stock

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 View shop
Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Crowland Peterborough PE6 0JB View shop
Aquatic Design Centre London SW12 0PS View shop

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