Red-tailed Red-eye Dwarf Puffer at The Water Zoo

19 May 2019

Among the many interesting, rare and oddball species available at The WaterZoo are Red-tailed Red-eye Dwarf Puffer. A small pufferfish with red eyes, cream coloured belly, and a mottled brown body. Unlike other dwarf puffers this fish has a distinctive red tail. Females have a more complex, speckled body while the patterns on males are simpler, with large bands of solid colour.

A shy, territorial species well suited to the home aquarium and generally well behaved in community tanks. This pufferfish has rarely been reported as a fin-nipping species, though tankmates should be chosen with care. Best kept alone in a reasonably large, well planted aquarium. Easy to maintain and relatively hardy, water chemistry is not critical though soft to moderately hard, slightly acidic to neutral conditions would most closely replicate its natural living conditions. Feeds readily on snails, brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms and other small animals.

Pairs will coexist happily enough in tanks 60 cm long or bigger. Breeding under aquarium conditions has not been frequently reported, but is assumed to be similar to Carinotetraodon lorteti, and likely some breeding reports of the latter species actually refer to Carinotetraodon irrubesco.

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