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Brackish Water Fish
Pufferfish in Aquariums
Click here to buy several species of Pufferfish.
  Freshwater Dwarf Puffer
fish (Pufferfish) about 1/2" to 3/4" long that's swimming in an aquarium in our facility. Click here to buy Puffer Fish from us.



Puffers have a unique and comical way of swimming. Puffers often nip at the fins of other Puffer and other species of fish. This nipping can be minimized by keeping puffers very well fed. Freshwater Dwarf Puffers do less nipping than many other types of of Puffer Fish.
Some species of Puffer Fish live best in freshwater, some other species live best in brackish water, and some Puffers live best in marine or sea water.
contains very little salt. Brackish Water has about one Tablespoon of aquarium salt in each five gallons of water. Sea Water has much more salt. Each type of Puffer Fish seems to do best in one of these three types of water.
The table below shows the letter B for a species of Puffer Fish that lives best in Brackish Water or the letter F for a species of Puffer Fish that lives best in Fresh Water.
to read more about Aquarium Salt.
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Puffefish - Information about Keeping Puffer Fish in Aquariums.    Here is a Figure Eight Puffer Fish for sale at our online fish store. Click here for more information about buying Puffer Fish from us. Figure Eight Puffers are less aggressive than many other species of Puffer Fish.
The picture above shows a young Figure Eight Puffer Fish, Tetraodon biocellatus, about 1.5" long that was looking for food, when this picture was taken. Puffers are big eaters that always seem to be hungry, and unless they are fed almost constantly, they will nip on the fins of the other fish in their aquarium.

Common Names


Scientific Names 

Maximum Size

Avocado Puffer


F* Auriglobus modestus
Figure Eight Puffer, 
Eye Spot Puffer
F&B Tetraodon biocellatus
Common Puffer, 
Oscillated Puffer
F&B Tetraodon cutcutia 6"+
Red Line Puffer,
Red Striped Toadfish
B&F Tetraodon erythrotaenia 3.5"
Target Puffer,
Twin Spot Puffer
F Tetraodon leiurus
Tetraodon fangi
Monotrete leiurus
Pao leiurus
Fahaka Puffer,
Nile Puffer,
Globe Fish,
F Tetraodon lineatus

(Tetraodon fahaka
is an invalid name
for this Puffer.)

Miurus Puffer,
Congo Puffer
F Tetraodon miurus 6"
Mbu Puffer,
Giant Puffer
F Tetraodon mbu 28"+
Green Spotted Puffer,
Leopard Puffer
B Tetraodon fluviatilis
Tetraodon nigroviridis
King Kong Puffer,
Dragon Puffer
F Tetraodon palembangens 8"
Spotted Congo Puffer
F Tetraodon schoutedeni 4"
Pig Nose Puffer,
Arrowhead Puffer
F Tetraodon suvattii 4.5"
Dwarf Puffer,
Malabar Puffer
F Tetraodon travancoricus
Monotetrus travancoricus
is an invalid name for
this Puffer.
Red Tail, Red Eye Puffer
(Males and Females look very different.) 
F Carinotetraodon irrubesco
Red Eye Puffer
(Males and Females look very different.) 
F Carinotetraodon lorteti

Milk spot Pufferfish
B Chelonodon patoca   15"
Brazilian Puffer,
Amazon Puffer,
Freshwater Puffer
F Colomesus asellus 6"+
Zebra Puffer,
Banded Puffer
B Colomesus psittacus 11"+

Common Names


Scientific Names 

Maximum Size

* In the table, shown above, there are several abbreviations.
B = Prefers Brackish Water
F = Prefers Fresh Water
F&B = Tolerates both Fresh and Brackish Water and prefers for Freshwater
B&F = Tolerates both and prefers Brackish
Click here to buy several species of Pufferfish.
Arrowhead Puffer, Tetraodon suvattii, taken at, where you can shop online for a Pufferfish is fun.   Because of the the mark in the shape of arrowhead on the top of this Puffer's body, it's often called an Arrowhead Puffer,  It's also called a Pig Nose Puffer. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture. The scientific name is Tetraodon suvattii.
Arrowhead Puffer Fish (pufferfish) , Tetraodon suvatti, picture and information. Arrowhead Puffer
The bigger Puffer on the right bothered the smaller Puffer on the left in, until the smaller Puffer rolled over on its side, then the larger Puffer became less aggressive. Later this pair spawned.
Arrowhead Puffer (Tetraodon suvattii) in front with babies above. Also called Pufferfish. This picture by Matt shows his adult Arrowhead Puffer, that he bought from, in the lower foreground with about a dozen baby Puffers swimming above. Is this cool? Hey Matt, Congratulations!
King Kong Puffer Fish (pufferfish) , Tetraodon palembangens. King Kong Puffer
This is a freshwater species that grows to a maximum of about 8".
Brazilian Freshwater Puffer Fish (pufferfish) shown at Brazilian Puffer
Colomesus asellus, about 2" long. To see a bigger picture of this Puffer click here or click on the picture to the left.
picture of a Fahaka Puffer Fish (pufferfish) at, where it is fun to buy Puffer Fish. Fahaka Puffer
This is a fresh water Puffer that will grow to be over 6" long. We occasionally have this Puffer available in our facility.
Dwarf Fresh Water Puffers (pygmy pufferfish) , Monotetrus travancoricus, picture and information. Freshwater Dwarf Puffers
Click here to buy Puffer Fish from us. We do not always have this Dwarf Puffer in stock, but it's a nice fish and not as nippy as most Puffers.
picture of a Red Eye Puffer Fish (pufferfish) , Carinotetraodon lorteti, picture taken at, Tropical Fish stores. Red Eye Puffer  
Carinotetraodon lorteti. picture by TBK in our facility. Click on the picture to see a bigger picture.
True Red Eye Puffer Fish (pufferfish). Click on this picture to see a bigger picture. True Red Eye Puffer
Click on the picture to see a bigger picture of this Puffer.
picture of an Mbu Puffer Fish (pufferfish), Tetraodon mbu, at, Tropical Fish stores. Mbu Puffer Fish
Tetraodon mbu. Click on the picture to see a bigger picture.
picture of a Target Puffer Fish (pufferfish) at, Tropical Fish stores. Target Puffer
Measuring about 3" long.
Click on the picture to see a bigger picture. A very aggressive fin nipper.
Pufferfish. Click on this picture to see a bigger picture. Avocado Pufferfish
This is a freshwater Pufferfish that grows to about 4". Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.

Appropriate Home
Eventually a large aquarium with at least 50 gallons of water, an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4 inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Click here for more information about warm water aquariums. Some Puffers do best in freshwater, and other Puffers do best in brackish water with at least 1 Tablespoon of aquarium salt per each 5 gallons of aquarium water. See the table above for more about the type of water preferred by each species of Puffer.
Click here to learn more about Brackish Water. Some Pufferfish species are brackish water fish and some are freshwater fish, as listed in the table above.
Click here to buy several species of Pufferfish.


Recommended Diet
Freeze dried blood worms and freeze dried shrimps or krill, plus frozen and live brine shrimp, live Ghost Shrimp, and an occasional treat of a few live Black Worms. Click here for more information about Black Worms. Puffers have uniquely powerful beaks, that they use to crack open snail shells, and puffers love to eat small aquatic snails such as rams horn snails. Puffers will also eat Crabs and Shrimp.
Click here for more general information about how to feed your fish.
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Some Puffers live best in brackish water and are best kept with other Brackish Water Fish such as Silver Needle Nose Gars, Archer Fish, Monos, Scats, White Tip Shark Cats, and the Fan Dancer Goby. Other species of Puffer Fish live best in freshwater with very little salt and do best with fast swimming fish such as Barbs, Danios, Rainbow Fish, and Sharks. Crabs and Shrimps are usually eaten by Puffers.
Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.

Size and Lifespan
Puffers can live for several years, and grow to the sizes listed in the table above.
Pufferfish Dentistry
Yes that's right Pufferfish need to regularly visit the dentist about every 6-months just like you! Most and maybe all Pufferfish need to eat food with a tough shell, such as small snails. The snail shells will wear on the Puffer's teeth. Otherwise their teeth will grow too long and may interfere with eating. Click here to learn more about Pufferfish Dentistry.
News about Puffers
Click here to read an interesting news report that says, "Humans were the first animals with a backbone to have their DNA read letter by letter. The runner-up is a fat, poisonous puffer fish, better known in sushi restaurants."
Link to other Websites
Click here to go to the web site named Pufferfish, which contains more about Puffers. 
Click here to go to the website named Puffer Fish Lair, which also contains lots of information about Puffers.
to go to the web site named Puffernet. 
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interesting Saltwater Pufferfish species.
Above: An interesting looking Saltwater Puffer Fish.

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