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Puffers

Saltwater Puffers are comical looking fish, especially when they are “puffed up” and look like a ball with fins. By rapidly swallowing water or air, they are able to expand their bodies up to 2 times their normal size in order to deter predators. Although most Puffers are not very colorful, they make up for it with their character and personality. When kept in an aquarium, Puffers quickly adapt and recognize their owners and will always be “begging” for a meal. Puffers come from warmer ocean waters around the world where they feed mainly on crustaceans and mollusks. They have specialized teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crush the hard shells of their prey. Puffers vary in size – the smaller species only growing to 3 or 4 inches and the largest reaching over 2 feet in length. Puffers are generally hardy and do best in large tanks with lots of swimming space and some rocky décor for shelter.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Blue/White Female Arothron Puffer
Arothron meleagris (Hawaii and Africa)
Picture of Blue/White Female Arothron Puffer
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Description: The Blue/White Arothron Puffer is the Female of the Arothron Puffers. Also called the Guinea Fowl Puffer, and the Blue Spotted Puffer, it is deep blue to black in color with white spots over its body. The Arothron is very maneuverable, even though it has no pelvic fins it moves about with the pectoral, dorsal and anal fins. Like all puffers instead of teeth, it has a fused beak structure which it uses it to crush its food. When first introduced into the aquarium this can be a somewhat shy species. Do not keep this in smaller tanks, it does not like confined spaces and will never adapt in such a situation. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When threatened or stressed, the The Blue/White Arothron Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Blue/White Arothron Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility.

Tank Recommendations: Requires a large aquarium of at least 125 gallons or larger fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer, plenty of room at the bottom and a sandbed of at least two inches in depth. Arothron Puffers will eat any invertebrates it finds in the aquarium. Do NOT put this puffer in a net. Please use a container to transfer. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasses. When the Arothron Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the Arothron puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it will spend more and more time in the open.

Food and diet: The Arothron Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: Large 5" to 7" XLarge 7" to 9" Show 9" to 11"


Large $269.99 XLarge $349.99 Show $499.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Golden Male Arothron Puffer
Arothron meleagris (Hawaii and Africa)
Picture of Golden Male Arothron Puffer
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Description: The Golden Male Arothron Puffer is also called the Guinea Fowl Puffer, and the Golden Puffer, it is a golden color over most of its body. The Arothron is very maneuverable, even though it has no pelvic fins it moves about with the pectoral, dorsal and anal fins. Like all puffers instead of teeth, it has a fused beak structure which it uses it to crush its food. When first introduced into the aquarium this can be a somewhat shy species. Do not keep this in smaller tanks, it does not like confined spaces and will never adapt in such a situation. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When threatened or stressed, the Arothron Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Arothron Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility.

Tank Recommendations: Requires a large aquarium of at least 125 gallons or larger fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer, plenty of room at the bottom and a sandbed of at least two inches in depth. Arothron Puffers will eat any invertebrates it finds in the aquarium. Do NOT put this puffer in a net. Please use a container to transfer. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasses. When the Arothron Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the Arothron puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it will spend more and more time in the open.

Food and diet: The Arothron Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: Large 5" to 7" XLarge 7" to 9" Show 9" to 11"


Large $479.99 XLarge $599.99 Show $799.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Porcupine Puffer Fish
Diodon holocanthus
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Description: Porcupine puffers are engaging and intelligent saltwater fish almost as cute as cartoon animals. They usually learn to interact with their human caregivers in odd and engaging ways; some even respond to eye contact by swimming up and begging for food! Their engaging personalities combined with big eyes, chubby cheeks, and silly grins make them adorable pets. While they get rather large and require a big aquarium, their care is easy compared to that of many saltwater fish. They can handle fluctuations in PH, temperature, and salinity better than many other fish and don't as often go on hunger strike in response to stress. These fish are actually rather sturdy creatures as far as saltwater fish go, so long as you give them proper care. If you maintain a healthy aquarium and feed your pet properly you can enjoy his antics for many years.

Tank Recommendations: A 180 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.

Food and diet: The Porcupine Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3" Medium: 3" to 4" Large: 4" to 5" XLarge: 5" to 6" Show 6" to 7"


Small$34.99 Medium $49.99 Large $79.99
XLarge $139.99 Show $199.99

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Spiney Box Puffer Fish
Chilomycterus schoepfi Picture of Spiney Box Puffer
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Description: The Spiny Box Puffer is a large and very personable puffer fish. The Spiny Box have a mostly light tan to brown body with strong dark brown to black spots and markings. They have spines all over their body which help them defend from more aggressive fish. With big blue eyes they seem more like a pet than a fish. Maximum adult size is around 11 inches and they need to be kept in tanks that are 150 gallons and larger. Being a semi-aggressive fish they may go after smaller and slower fish and inverts. If your aquarium is large enough the Spiny Box Puffer will get along with other puffers. If stressed they have the ability to inflate their body well over twice their size to scare off other fish. For this reason, never use a net while moving a Spiny Box Puffer, use a plastic container. Spiny Box Puffers should never need to be made to inflate for amusement, since it's very stressful for the fish.

Tank Recommendations: A 180 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.

Food and diet: Feed a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" Medium: 2-1/2" to 4" Large: 4" to 5"



Small$49.99 Medium $59.99 Large $79.99



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Scribbled Mappa Puffer
Arothron mappa (Africa)
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Description: The Scribbled Mappa Puffer is not often available. When available jump on this beauty as they are hard to find. The Scribbled Mappa Puffer, has a very distinct appearance. The main color ranges from light tan to a yellow with a artistic scribbled black pattern throughout the body. Like all puffers, it lacks any pelvic fins, but has learned to use the pectoral fins to move about the aquarium. The Scribbled Mappa Puffer is semi aggressive towards other fish and is suitable for mostly fish only aquariums.

The Scribbled Mappa Puffer is a hardy fish and it needs minimum maintenance. When threatened or stressed, the The Scribbled Mappa Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Scribbled Mappa Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility. Once adjusted to aquarium life, the The Scribbled Mappa Puffer does great, but it is slower to adapt than other members of the genus. This puffer is typically not aggressive. When first introduced into the aquarium this is a shy species, requiring a shelter or hiding place. Do not keep this fish in smaller tanks, it does not like confined spaces and will never adapt in such a situation.


Tank Recommendations: A 180 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse.

Food and diet: The Scribbled Mappa Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 3" Medium 3" to 4" Large 4" to 5" XLarge 5" to 7" XXLarge 7" to 8-1/2" Show 8-1/2" to 10"

Small $199.99 Medium $279.99
Large $359.99 XLarge $429.99
XXLarge $599.99 Show $799.99
Aquarium Conditioned
Stars and Stripes Puffer
Arothron hispidus Picture of Stars and Stripes Puffer
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Description: Easily recognizable due to its colors and pattern, the Stars and Stripes Puffer is called the Starry Puffer, and is light grey in colour with small white starlike spots. Hence the name. The upper sides of the body and caudal fin is a silver grey to white color and is covered in an array of starry spots. The lower half is golden color with white to pale blue lines, hence the term stripes. The Stars and Stripes Puffer is a medium sized fish. It possesses concentric white and dark grey lines around their eyes. The Juveniles of this variety are found in weedy estuaries, whereas the Adults exhibit the territorial trait. The Stars and Stripes Puffer is semi aggressive towards other fish. The Stars and Stripes Puffer is suitable for mostly fish only aquariums.

The Stars and Stripes Puffer is a hardy fish and it needs minimum maintenance. When threatened or stressed, the Stars and Stripes Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Stars and Stripes Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility.


Tank Recommendations: A 180 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the golden puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Golden Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.

Food and diet: The Stars and Stripes Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 3" Medium 3" to 4" Large 4" to 5" XLarge 5" to 7" XXLarge 7" to 8-1/2" Show 8-1/2" to 10"

Small$49.99 Medium $89.99
Large $159.99 XLarge $379.99
XXLarge $499.99 Show $549.99

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