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Figure 8 Puffer

Figure 8 Puffer
Common nameFigure 8 Puffer, Palemba, Sumatra puffer
Scientific nameTetraodon biocellatus
SynonymsHas been (incorrectly) referred to as T. palembangensis.
SizeUp to approx 3" (7.5cm).
OriginAsia: Indo-China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Tank setupEither a species tank, or a community with selected companions. Leave some open swimming space but provide rocks, bogwood or robust/plastic plants for cover. A sand substrate is ideal (easier to clean, and for the puffers to pick up sinking foods from).
CompatibilityNot particularly aggressive, but may still nip fins, particularly those of slow-swimming species with long trailing finnage.
Temperature24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistryIdeally, keep in brackish conditions. The level of salt is not critical, a SG of around 1.005 will suffice.
FeedingLive and frozen meaty foods: bloodworm and brine shrimp, cockles and mussels, snails
SexingUnknown
BreedingUnknown
CommentsAlthough this species is caught in both freshwater and brackish water in the wild, it appears to be much hardier and long-lived when kept in brackish aquaria. Unlike many other puffers, the attractive markings of this species do not fade with age.


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