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Target Puffer

posted: 05/15/12
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Target Puffer
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The Target Puffer is also known as the Twin-spot Puffer and comes from Southeast Asia. The color of the body varies from dark to medium brown on the back of the fish and fading to an off-white on the belly. The entire body has a spotted pattern with a distinct spot at the end of the body just before the tail.

The Target Puffer does well in a densely planted aquarium with other fish of its own kind. It tends to be a fin nipper, so caution should be used when introducing it with other species.

The Target Puffer prefers to spawn on a flat rock or other surface and will begin to clean the surface prior to spawning. Spawning in this species happens spontaneously. Together, both the female and male will rub their undersides against the rock and the female will deposit her eggs while the male, at the same time, fertilizes them. The fry become waterborne in about 4 to 5 days, at which time, they should be fed baby brine shrimp and Cyclops nauplii.

The Target Puffer requires a diet high in crustaceans, as well as other meaty foods such as shrimp, snails, tubifex worms, and earthworms. The teeth of a Target Puffer are constantly growing, so it is important that it receives foods with a hard exoskeleton in order to keep its teeth from overgrowing.

Ideal tank mates include: Puffers, Barbs, Gouramis, South American Dwarf Cichlids (such as Rams and Apistogrammas), Sharks, Rainbowfish, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Target Puffer (Tetraodon leiurus)

Family: Tetraodontidae

Range: Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Thailand, Cambodia

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Brackish; Rocks, plants, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 75-82°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 8-16

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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