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Dwarf puffer

Dwarf / Pygmy Puffer fish
Common nameDwarf Puffer, Pygmy Puffer, Indian puffer, Gold puffer, Malabar puffer
Scientific nameCarinotetraodon travancoricus
SynonymsTetraodon travancoricus, Monotreta travancoricus (not valid)
SizeUp to 1" (2.5cm)
OriginAsia (India)
Tank setupA small species setup with some real or artificial plants for cover would be ideal.
CompatibilityDespite their small size, they may nip the fins of other fish.
Temperature24-26oC (75-78oF)
Water chemistryA freshwater puffer. Fairly soft to slightly hard, pH not critical if extremes are avoided.
FeedingCarnivorous: small live and frozen foods including snails, bloodworm, pieces of mussel and cockle.
SexingThere are slight differences in the markings between sexes, but available details vary, and in some cases may not represent gender differences. However, males may show a brownish line along their stomach, from the 'throat' towards the anal fin. Females are generally rounder in body shape. These differences will probably not be apparent when selecting juveniles.
BreedingHas been bred in aquaria, but few details are available.
CommentsThis is the smallest of the pufferfish species. At least one distinct colour variation of C. travancoricus has been described, with blue spots. It is not yet known whether this is a separate species, subspecies, or regional variant. A distinct but very similar species was described in 1999[1] - Carinotetraodon imitator. This species has probably been imported under the same common names.


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