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Tetraodon biocellatus (Figure Eight Puffer)

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An active, brightly coloured species, probably the most widely sold pufferfish. The common name comes from the distictive yellow markings on the back.

Must be kept in slightly brackish water.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Aggressive and nippy, best kept either singly with a few bumblebee gobies or in small groups. Tends to nip the fins of larger tankmates.

Not bred in captivity.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Malaysia and Thailand
Temperature 24-27°C
Size Around 8cm
Water Parameters Brackish, SG 1.005
Water PH 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