Dwarf Pufferfish Tropical Fish Information

Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Dwarf Pufferfish
Behaviour Generally peaceful but may be 'accidentally aggressive'. Varied. Will squabble.
Typical size 3cm
Max size 3cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 45cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Live, frozen, dried foods; include meaty foods
pH Range 7-8.5
Hardness m,h,vh
Malabar Pufferfish Carinotetraodon travancoricus
  • Malabar Pufferfish Carinotetraodon travancoricus - thumbnail
  • Malabar Pufferfish Carinotetraodon travancoricus - thumbnail

Dwarf Pufferfish (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

Dwarf Pufferfish Tropical Fish Learn all about the Dwarf Pufferfish's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Dwarf Pufferfish is the right fish for your aquarium.

These are actually 'Malabar Puffers' but are increasingly sold simply as 'Dwarf' or 'Pygmy' Puffers these little puffers can make a great addition to an aquarium kept by experienced fishkeepers. Although the fish is relatively robust, great care must be taken in providing the correct tankmates, environment and diet. The aquarium should contain plenty of planting areas, in part to prevent squabbles. The fishes diet should include plenty of frozen or live foods including small meaty foods. Snails are a particularly good source of food. Scince these fish may have unpredictable behaivour, they are not included in the Think Fish Community Creator. Little reliable information is available on these fish, and some reports state sizes of up to 15cm, although this is likely to be a confusion copied from an original error. As with many other puffers, these fish can be prone to skin based problems such as whitespot.

This fish is excluded from the Compatibility Checker as it is unsuitable for community aquariums or may require expert care.

Dwarf Pufferfish Facts

Family Tetraodontidae (Pufferfishes) | Synonyms Monotreta travancoricus, Tetraodon travancoricus | Origin Asia; India, Burma | Natural Water Conditions pH 7.5-8.5 | Natural Habitat Mainly still freshwater streams but may also occur in brackish water | Sexing Males sport a dark line along the underside



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