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Dwarf puffers (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

Blog post written by Andy | 08 February 2017 | Category: Tropical fish

If there was a fish that almost everybody wants in a fish tank, it’s a puffer fish. With that distinctive shape, amazing eyes and almost dog-like personality, it is easy to see why.

Unfortunately, due to their size, water requirements and often aggressive streak, it is not possible for people to keep these fascinating fish.

However, there is a very small and unbelievably cute (yes I said cute!) member of this family that makes these fish much more accessible. It’s called the Malabar or Dwarf puffer.

To give you an idea of how small these fish are, they are roughly 1” (2.5cm) long when fully grown and still have some important requirements. They are a very inquisitive fish that can get bored easily so need a tank with lots of plants, caves, wood, anything to provide interest and cover. They need good quality water, so efficient filtration and regular water changes are essential.

They can be kept singly or in a small shoal; a ratio of more females to males will always help dilute aggression. For such a small fish they are still boisterous and can be nippy, so tank mates need to be chosen carefully. Long-finned fish are a no go, and obviously bigger fish. If you keep them well fed you can curb the nipping, so in an ideal world a small species setup would be best.

Meaty foods are important: blood worm and daphnia are great. They also love snails and are often bought to keep problem snails under control.

As with all puffer fish, they develop real personalities and will often recognise their owners when they go near the tank.

A fantastic little fish with bundles of personality and one of the cutest little faces you will ever see... look no further. 


Dwarf Pufferfish
The Dwarf pufferfish (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)
"Carinotetraodon travancoricus (dwarf puffer)" by Lindy de Bruyn is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0