Tetraodon biocellatus (Figure Eight Puffer)

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Tetraodon biocellatus (Figure Eight Puffer)

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Tetraodon biocellatus Date: 16/08/06
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Common Name: Figure Eight Puffer

Other Common Names: F8 Puffer; Eyespot Puffer

Family: Tetraodontidae

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
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