Black-spo ed puffer­fish

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine -

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.

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