What is a Puffer Fish?
Puffer, also called swellfish, or blowfish, any of about 90 species of fishes of the family Tetraodontidae, noted for their ability when disturbed to inflate themselves so greatly with air or water that they become globular in form. Puffers are found in warm and temperate regions around the world, primarily in the sea but also, in some instances, in brackish or fresh water. They have tough, usually prickly skins and fused teeth that form a beaklike structure with a split in the centre of each jaw. The largest puffers grow about 90 centimetres (3 feet) long but most are considerably smaller.
Can I Have A Puffer In My Aquarium?
Yes! Puffers can be a beautiful, calm creature for display in a variety of aquariums. They are a common addition for many freshwater aquariums 30+ gallons in size, though it is recommended to carefully pick their tank mates.
Skill Level: Intermediate
The puffer is considered an “intermediate” level aquatic creature. They are not necessarily a beginner’s fish, but not quite as complex to maintain as a saltwater reef tank. A puffer, though only an intermediate fish, does require a substantial amount of planning to ensure both they and your tank stay healthy. It is not recommended for puffers to be placed in large communities of smaller faster fish, nor those with long flowing tails.
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