Figure 8 Puffer

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figure 8 puffer

Origin:

Brackish and freshwater streams of Southeast Asia.

Size:

6cm/2.5 inches.

Aquarium Size:

90 litres/20 gal

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 22 – 26°C
  • pH: 7 -7.5
  • Hardness: Soft – Medium

Diet:

Figure 8 puffers prefer a diet of live foods including snails and shellfish, hard foods help to file their teeth and prevent them from overgrowing.

Behaviour:

A very active little fish, figure 8 puffers are very busy in the aquarium. They can be aggressive towards tank mates and are best kept in a species only aquarium.

Sexing:

The figure 8 puffer is almost impossible to sex by eye.

Breeding:

Breeding is very very rare in the aquarium. It is reported that the female lays eggs on the substrate and the male guards them until they are free-swimming but little is known about their breeding.

Notes:

The figure 8 puffer is often sold as a freshwater puffer. There is debate as to wether the figure 8 is a true freshwater species. In the wild it inhabits brackish streams and some reports suggest that a salinity level of 1.005 – 1.008 can increase their lifespan.

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