Humpback puffer - Tetraodon palembangensis
Scientific name: Tetraodon palembangensis
Common name: Humpback puffer
Usual size in fish tanks: 18 - 20 cm (7.09 - 7.87 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.9 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 18°N (125 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 27 °C (75.2 - 80.6°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
This puffer will relish all shelled sea foods alongside treats of blood worms and other live or frozen foods. It is important to keep the shells on some of the food to keep the teeth trimmed back. As Humpback puffers are not a very active fish they should only be fed every other day.
Asia; Humpback puffers are found in Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
Humpback puffers are cave spawners and the male will dig out a pit inside the cave for the eggs. Once the eggs have been fertilised, the male will guard the nest until they hatch. Now is the time to remove the parents, the fry are ready to take newly hatched brine shrimp and blood worm as soon as they are free swimming.
The expected life span for Tetraodon palembangensis is 10-15 years.
It is better to keep Tetraodon palembangensis as a single specimen due to their aggressiveness. A group can be kept if the tank is large enough and there is plenty of cover in there to create the territories.
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