Pufferfish - Dogface Puffer

Pufferfish - Dogface Puffer/Blackspotted Puffer

The Blackspotted or Dogface Puffer is the most commonly seen member of the family which offers large, showpiece specimens that are too destructive for reef aquariums but that tend to become family pets in larger community fish-only tanks. Their color is highly variable, ranging from brown to blue-gray, with varying amounts of yellow/tan and black spots. Rarely aggressive allowing more than one being able to be kept in the same tank. Can also be kept with other Puffers, albeit more aggressive. NOT recommended for reef aquariums.

Feed (3x/day) a varied diet of meaty foods, including chopped shrimp, squid, clams, enriched krill, and fish as well as preparations for herbivores. (Credit - "A Pocket Expert Guide, Marine Fishes")

Scientific Name: Arothron nigropunctatus
Common Name(s): Blackspotted Puffer
Family: Tetrondontidae
Care / Experience Level: Moderate / Intermediate
Coloration: Gray, Black & Tan
Reef Compatible: No
Disposition: Semi-Aggressive 
Minimum Tank Size (Gal): 75
Full Grown Size (inches): 13
Diet: Carnivore
Supplements: NA
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Water Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.023 
Water Temperature (F): 72-78
Water pH: 8.1-8.4
Water dkH: 8-12

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