Red-spot puffer - Tetraodon abei
Scientific name: Tetraodon abei
Common name: Red-spot puffer
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 11 cm (3.94 - 4.33 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7.1
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 15°N (53.57 - 267.86ppm)
0°C 32°F30°C 86°F
Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
As the puffer’s teeth need to be constantly ground down supply them with shelled food such as snails, crustaceans and similar. They will also benefit from the addition of live or frozen foods in the form of blood worms, krill and prawns.
Asia; Red-spot puffers are found in the Mekong River Basins.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
Breeding Red-spot puffers is best left to the experts as it is very difficult. The male will take on the parenting role and the female will be driven away. Raising the fry has proven to be hit and miss.
The expected life span for Tetraodon abei is 5 years.
Puffer fish are very sensitive to poor water quality, excellent filtration must be supplied. They are very messy eaters so regular gravel vacuuming and water changes must be performed. In the tank include a few plants to make them feel at ease.
Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.