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Striped red-eye puffer - Carinotetraodon salivator

Striped red-eye puffer - Carinotetraodon salivator

Scientific name: Carinotetraodon salivator

Common name: Striped red-eye puffer

Family: Tetraodontidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 - 7.6

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 20°N (89.29 - 357.14ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: East Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Striped red-eye puffers are quite easy to feed, they relish frozen blood worm and krill. The addition of some small pond snails will keep their teeth in check. When you first get them feed the fish first thing in the morning as they are mostly nocturnal until they get to know their keeper.


Asia; Striped red-eye puffers are found in Malaysia and Borneo.


The males will display more colouration than the females and they will be larger. The females tend to be a mottled brown with a light belly.


The male will display to the female for several days, when she is ready to spawn the eggs will be laid on the substrate. After this the female will be driven away from the spawning site and the male will take care of the brood. The eggs should hatch after 3days, another couple of days later; the fry should be free swimming. They can be fed on Infusoria initially and then newly hatched brine shrimp.


In captivity, the life span is unknown.

Short description

Red eye puffers should be kept in a species tank as they are not tolerant of other tank mates. Carinotetraodon salivator are high waste producers so require excellent filtration and at least 10 gallons of water per fish.


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