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Coral butterfly puffer - Tetraodon lineatus

Coral butterfly puffer - Tetraodon lineatus

Scientific name: Tetraodon lineatus

Common name: Coral butterfly puffer

Family: Tetraodontidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 40 - 44 cm (15.75 - 17.32 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Coral butterfly puffers are voracious predators. They will consume small tank mates, hence the need for a meaty diet. Krill, chopped crayfish and chopped crab are ideal for these fish. Feeder fish can be given but this does run the risk of passing diseases onto the tank puffers.


Africa; Coral butterfly puffers are found in the waterways of Gambia and Senegal.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


Due to their aggressive nature it makes it impossible to breed these in the aquarium, it is believed that some specialist breeders have achieved it .


The expected lifer span of Tetraodon lineatus is 10 years.

Short description

Never introduce Tetraodon lineatus into a new tank set up; they are very sensitive to ammonia and nitrites being present in the water. They are high waste producers, excellent filtration must be used along with regular water changes. It is best to keep these in a species tank as they will attack any other tank mates and never keep these in a small tank, they need a lot of swimming space.


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