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Puffer Fish

While there may be about 100 species of saltwater puffer fish, they all share the ability for which they’re named: when threatened, they can rapidly fill their bellies with air or water, expanding like balloons to twice or even three times their normal size! Puffers will eat all types of food and should be fed a variety of meaty foods such as shrimp, fish, clams, etc., along with a supplement of vegetable fare to provide necessary nutrients. It is also important to provide hard shelled crabs, mussels, and shellfish in their diet to wear down their teeth and prevent them from overgrowing. They will eat smaller fishes and should not be housed with any delicate slow-moving species.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Narrow-Lined Puffer
arothron manilensis
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Description: The Narrow-Lined Puffer, arothron manilensis is a small sized fish which grows up to only about 10 inches in the ocean, smaller in the aquarium Its body is oval shape, spherical et relatively elongated. The skin is not covered with scales. The fish has no pelvic fin and no lateral line.The dorsal fin and the anal fin are small, symmetric and located at the end of the body. Its snout is short with two pairs of nostrils and its mouth is terminal with four strong teeth.The background coloration is whitish to grey with brown horizontal lines, all the fins are yellowish and semi-translucide except the caudal fin which is opaque and outlined with black. Black blotch more or less circular at the base of the pectoral fin.

Tank Recommendations: A 120 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 Narrow-Lined 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 4-1/2" Large: 4-1/2" to 5-1/2"


Small $29.99 Medium $39.99 Large $64.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Spotted Puffer
Canthigaster jactator (Hawaii)
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Description: Easily recognized with its total covering of white spots over a reddish brown background, the Spotted puffer is a fun saltwater puffer perfect for the smaller aquarium. Totally lacking pelvic fins, the Spotted Puffer is able to use its pectoral fins to move about the aquarium with ease.

Tank Recommendations: A 50 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with live rock and rock rubble and sandy areas will make the perfect aquarium for this beauty of the sea.

Food and diet: The diet includes 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 3/4" to 1-3/4" Medium 1-3/4" to 2-3/4" Large 2-3/4" to 4"











Small$24.99 Medium $29.99 Large $44.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Fiji Blue Dot Bennetti Puffer
Canthigaster bennetti
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Description: The Fiji Benneti Puffer is also called Fiji Blue Dot Puffer, Bennett's Toby Puffer, the Roseband Sharpnose Puffer, Roseband Toby and also the Exquisite Toby Puffer. In the ocean the Bennetti inhabits open sand slopes and rubble zones located in the reef flats and sheltered lagoon areas. Bennetti Puffers make great aquarium fish, they have lots of personality and are very easy to maintain. Keep only one per tank. Great choice for a fish only aquarium.

Tank Recommendations: A 50 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with live rock and rock rubble and sandy areas will make the perfect aquarium for this beauty of the sea.

Food and diet: The diet includes 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: 1" to 2" Medium: 2" - 3" Large: 3" - 4"










Small$29.99 Medium $39.99 Large $49.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Saddle Valentini Puffer
Canthigaster valentini Picture of Saddle Valentini Puffer
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Description: The Saddle Valentini Puffer is also known as Valentini's Sharpnose Puffer , Valentini Puffer, Black Saddle Puffer fish, Black saddled Toby, Valentini Toby, or Saddled Toby. The Saddle Valentini Puffer is often thought of as a very cute Puffer. These puffers are white with brown saddel bands which resemble dripping paint and many small spots. Their eyes are bright and inquisitive in nature. It has four distinct black stripes (saddles) on its back. The tail and fins show hints of yellow .The Saddle Valentini Puffer will do well in a fish-only aquarium.

Tank Recommendations: A 30 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with live rock and rock rubble and sandy areas will make the perfect aquarium for this beauty of the sea.

Food and diet: The diet includes 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: 1" to 2" Medium: 2" - 3" Large: 3" - 4"










Small$24.99 Medium $27.99 Large $39.99




Aquarium Conditioned
Blackspot Dog Face Puffer
Arothron nigropunctatus
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Description: Blackspot Dog Face Puffers are considered one of the most "personable" fish species. Dogface Puffers are quick to realize where their food comes from and will recognize their owners on site. They enjoy the attention they receive from their owners and can even be hand-fed. It has even been said that Dogface Puffers are so interactive that they tend to become family pets. Dogface Puffers are not an aggressive species and are suitable for most community fish aquariums. While this species is not aggressive towards other fish species, it is destructive towards corals and crabs, snails etc. Overall a very fun community species with a very interactive personality. Dogface Puffers coloration is highly variable, with individuals ranging from brown to blue-gray, with varying amounts of yellow and black spots. While more rare, some individuals can be black, gold or even orange. The coloration around the eyes and nose give this species its name, where as the rest of the body has a number of black spots. The finnage is similar to other Pufferfish, which gives them the appearance of hovering in the water.

Tank Recommendations: The Blackspot Dogface Puffers are a non-aggressive species, but do grow quite large in size, thus they are most suitable for large (150 gallon or more) community aquariums. Dogface Puffers do best with other non-aggressive community species and can even be kept with others of their own kind. While it is not uncommon for this species to be a shy feeder at first (especially if kept with more boisterous tank mates), but it will soon become bold to the point where it can be hand-fed.

Food and diet: The Dogface 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 2-1/2" Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" XLarge 6" to 7-1/2"

Small $49.99 Medium $59.99
Large $99.99 XLarge $179.99
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