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Figure Eight Puffer
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Scientific Name(s): Tetraodon biocellatus
Category: Tropical
Difficulty:
Maximum Size: 8cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 70 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 30" x 12" x 12"
Water Temperature Range: 22-26°C
Water pH Range: 6.5-7.5
Water Hardness Range: 5-12 dGH

General Information: This is a very small freshwater species of puffer which can be kept in brackish water and tends to live longer with an SG of 1.005
Tank Requirements: Current should be medium slow and cover should be provided to break line of sight and allow territory.
Diet Requirements: Primary natural diet is specifically snails. Also relishes shellfish, worms and other live foods. Feed snails and prawns IN shells to grind down teeth. Some take blanched lettuce, though it's a tiny percentage of their diet. Never feed flakes or floating food.
Compatibility: Can sometimes be kept as a shoal, but they're not community fish. They're territorial predators capable of tearing large chunks from most other fish with their powerful beaks.
Recommendations: Catch these little fellas in a jug, not a net, so they stay in water the whole time.
Common Problems: Beak overgrowth causing inability to feed can happen if there is a lack of hard shelled food. They must not be exposed to air, sucking air can be very harmful. Puffing can be dangerous, don't encourage it.
Similar Species: Many Puffers have very similar characteristics.
Sexing: It is not possible to determine the sex of these Puffers by sight.
Breeding: Has been rumoured, but unlikely.
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