Thai puffer - Tetraodon barbatus
Scientific name: Tetraodon barbatus
Common name: Thai puffer
Usual size in fish tanks: 11 - 14 cm (4.33 - 5.51 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 6.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 15°N (142.86 - 267.86ppm)
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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: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Sometimes Thai puffers are given the reputation for being fussy eaters, this is normally because the wrong foods are offered. A varied diet is essential- feed them on mussels, squid, prawns, pond snails and the odd treat of blanched peas.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
Thai puffers will spawn more easily in brackish water. Spawning will take place near the bottom of the tank after a ritual dance. The male will guard the nest and the fry should hatch after 6-7 days. When the fry have hatched, the problems will start as it is very difficult to get them to feed, try them on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Tetraodon barbatus is 10 years.
Thai puffers produce a lot of waste so extra filtration is a must. They are best kept in a species tank as they are known to be hostile to other tank mates.
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