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Tetraodon baileyi (Hairy Puffer)

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A rare but unmistakeable fish, having a mottled body covered with short fleshy extensions giving the appearance of algal growths. This fish tends to lurk quietly most of the time, but does swim about periodically.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Aggressive and territorial, as well as piscivorous, this fish must be kept alone. It eats a variety of foods including shrimps and snails. Not widely traded, nothing is known about its reproductive behaviour.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Laos and Thailand
Temperature 24-28C
Size 12 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
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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