Aquarium Fish

Topaz Puffer

posted: 05/15/12
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Topaz Puffer
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The Topaz Puffer is a tan to green with many, large, black spots covering the back and sides. The belly area is an off-white and lacks any markings.

The ideal aquarium will have brackish water with many plants (either real or plastic), rocks with plenty of hiding places, and a sandy bottom composed of an aragonite-based sand. The Topaz Puffer can be aggressive to members of its own species, so care should be taken when housed together.

Spawning occurs in brackish water. The eggs will be laid on the bottom, either on the substrate or on a flat rock. After the eggs are fertilized, the male will stay behind to guard them for approximately 7 days until the fry become waterborne.

The Topaz Puffer should be fed crustacean foods such as brine shrimp, krill, mollusks, and earthworms.

Ideal tank mates include: Puffers, Scats, Monos, Archers and other Brackish Fish.

Fish Facts

Name: Topaz Puffer

Family: Tetraodontidae

Range: Brackish waters of Asia

Size: Up to 8 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater, Brackish: Plants, rocks, sand bottom

Tank Conditions: 75-82°F; pH 7.0-8.0; dH 8-15

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Moderate

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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