Golden Puffer

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Golden Puffer

This species is known as Guineafowl Puffer, Golden Puffer, Guinea Fowl, Spotted Puffer and the correct latin name is Arothron meleagris. It belongs to the Puffer family. (e) Origin of this species is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This species is peaceful.

Golden Puffer can grow up to 50 cm what is approximately 19 inches. 1 specimen basically needs at least 6000cm2 of water surface which is approximately 930 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Golden Puffer fish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The recommended pH level is between 8.0 and 8.3 since marine fish are used to these levels in general.

This species comes in two colour variants. The first is yellow with a few black dots and the second it black with white dots. However, these are not two variants of the same fish; One fish can change it’s colour during the life.

Pufferfish in general are carnivores and Golden Puffer is no exception. It will eat invertebrates in your tank, so you should keep this in a fish-only tank. When we are speaking about food, you should feed them small creatures with shells (clams, shrimps), because their teeth grow all their life and they he do not eat hard things, teeth will overgrow and then it will be impossible to feed the fish. Even though some veterinary clinics can cut their teeth, there is not much places where this can be done.

Also you have to be careful when you transport the fish. You can’t just take the fish out of the tank with a net, because they get scared, and when they are scared, they pump water into themselves as a form of protection. But when they are out of the water in a net, they could get swollen by air and that would kill them. So you should use a kind of container and catch the fish into it right in the water.

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

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