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Arothron Dog Face Pufferfish, Blackspotted Pufferfish
The Dogface Pufferfish is aptly named not only for itís appearance but itís behavior. Rarely aggressive, this animal is best suited for a non-reef environment as it will eat crustaceans, corals and other invertebrate life. This fish generally has a random smattering of dark spots on a colored body ranging in colors from browns, grays, yellows and rare black, gold or orange. More than one of this species can be kept in an aquarium.
When frightened or distressed, Pufferfish can inflate over two times itís original size. Purposely enticing this behavior will eventually cause illness and even death. Provide plenty of live rock to keep teeth worn down or be sure to trim teeth as needed.
Though shy and refusing food on initial introduction, it will become bold, if not spoiled. Eventually it will beg for food just as well as any dog asking for table scraps. In the wild, Pufferfish tend to be nocturnal hunters.
Feed a varied diet consisting of large chunks of meaty foods. These foods include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It is also a good idea to occasionally supplement with some type of herbivore diet.
Dogface Pufferfish , Small: over 2-2.5", Indo Pacific
Dogface Pufferfish , Medium: over 2.5-4.5", Indo Pacific
Dogface Pufferfish , Large: over 4.5-6.5", Indo Pacific
Dogface Pufferfish , X-Large: over 6.5-7.5", Indo Pacific
Dogface Pufferfish , XX-Large: over 7.5-8.5", Indo Pacific
Dogface Pufferfish , Show: over 8.5-10.5", Indo Pacific
Due to availability and individuality of each species, colors and sizes may vary.
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