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Dwarf Puffer
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Tetraodon travancoricus

Dwarf Puffer

Quick Stats:   Dwarf Puffer

Family: Tetraodontidae
Range: Freshwaters of India
Size: Up to 1 inch
Diet: Carnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood
Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 7.0-8.0; dH 5-15
Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon
Light: Medium
Temperament: Aggressive
Swimming Level: Bottom
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Layer

The Dwarf Puffer is also known as the Bumblebee, Malabar, or Pygmy Puffer. This puffer is much smaller than other puffers in the same family, as it only reaches a maximum length of 1 inch. It is a golden-brown color on the back, which fades to an off-white on the belly. Dark brown to black spots covers most of this fish. The male of this species is leaner, with less of a round shape when compared to the female. Also, the male has a pronounced black stripe running from the tail to the pectoral fin.

The ideal setup for the Dwarf Puffer is a planted aquarium of at least 30 gallons with plenty of hiding places. Unlike the other puffers in this family, the Dwarf Puffer requires freshwater with no salt content. The males are very territorial and only one per aquarium is suggested unless it is a large system.

The Indian Dwarf Puffer should be fed crustacean foods such as brine shrimp, krill, mollusks, and earthworms.

Ideal tank mates include:

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