Scientific Name: Tetraodon nigroviridis
Ease of Care: Difficult
Approximate Arrival Size: Medium 1 to 1.5 inch, Extra Large 3 to 4 inches
Approximate Full Size: 5 inches
Native Region: South America
An attractive freshwater aquarium oddity, the Spotted Puffer is attractive, active, and amiable (in appearance.) This friendly-appearing fish should be kept only with semi-aggressive or aggressive fish. It may likely nip the fins or slower moving or more timid aquarium mates. Considered a brackish water fish, this Indonesian native does fine in freshwater as a juvenile, but should be kept in brackish water for longevity of health. As with other Puffers, it should not be kept with smaller snails, crustaceans, and mollusks, as these compose a large portion of its natural diet. Bloodworms and blackworms (in addition to a high quality pellet food) will help sate the appetite of this eager eater. Hard, alkaline water in the 76-82 F range is ideal.