Common Name: Figure Eight Puffer
Other Common Names: F8 Puffer; Eyespot Puffer
Distribution: S.E. Asia & India: Asia: Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia. Brackish estuaries and streams
Water Parameters: Low-end brackish water (SG = 1.005 - 1.008); Temp:24-28C (76-84F) ; pH: 7.8-8.3
Personality/Temperament: Somewhat agressive, although less likely to predate tankmates than T. Nigroviridis. An active fin nipper that hunts for food.
Max. Size: 3 inches (8 cm)
Estimated Lifespan: 15 years
Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown. Cannot tell genders apart by eye.
Diet: Feed a varied diet of mollusks and crustaceans. Hard-shelled food is important to prevent beak overgrowth. Feeding and Diet article
Care: Despite other reports to the contrary, this species requires brackish water for good health. Introduce to a fully cycled aquarium, and maintain and a low-to-medium salinity. Strong filtration is recommended. A tank size of 15 gallons for one Figure 8 and
Breeding: While reports do exist of breeding in aquaria, it has not been properly documented and is extremely unlikely.
Minimum Tank Size: 15 US Gallons (50 liters)
Links to Other Resources: The Figure Eight Puffer: Colorful, Comical, Compact Fish