South American Puffer
|Common name||South American Puffer, Asell's puffer, Brazilian/Peruvian puffer
|Scientific name||Colomesus asellus|
|Size||Up to 6" (15cm) reported, more often 4" (10cm) in aquaria|
|Origin||Amazon basin: Brazil, Colombia and Peru.|
|Tank setup||A small species tank, or a larger community tank with suitably robust companions.
Provide some cover and open swimming space.|
|Compatibility||A fairly peaceful puffer, but still inclined to nip fins.|
|Water chemistry||Freshwater species, pH around neutral|
|Feeding||Live and frozen meaty foods: bloodworm and brine shrimp, cockles and mussels, earthworms, snails|
This puffer is more tolerant of its own kind than many puffers, so more than one can be housed in a tank together.
If they are kept with other fish, then their companions must be chosen with care, as despite its relatively
peaceful nature, this puffer may still fin-nip, particularly at feeding time. It may fight over pieces of food with
others of its own species, but other than this they seem fairly oblivious to each other.