Black-spo ed pufferfish
Scientific name: Arothron nigropunctatus Size potential: 25-30cm Where found: Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific Cost: £30-200+ The Black-spotted pufferfish has a number of alternative common names, some of which are dependant on colouration and patterning. The genus Arothron is commonly referred to as Dogface pufferfish for obvious reasons. Provided that they’re feeding well, they present few problems and prove hardy in the long term. With a 30cm adult potential they are hardly tiny fish, but they are the smallest species in the genus Arothron and are the best alternatives for puffer enthusiasts enticed by the look of the Dogfaces and their kin. Stocked with a few other robust tankmates, they can thrive in aquaria as small as 450l, provided good filtration is assured as they can be messy feeders with huge appetites. Prices depend upon colouration, with yellow specimens
usually commanding the highest prices.
Black-spotted pufferfish are the best alternatives for puffer enthusiasts.