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Arothron Puffer (Arothron meleagris)
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Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1' 7"
Color Form: Black, Blue, White, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Africa, Costa Rica, Hawaii
Family: Tetraodontidae

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The Arothron Puffer is a fish of many names including Spotted Puffer, Guinea Fowl Puffer, and Golden Puffer. It changes appearance during different stages of its life. While in the black phase, it is deep blue to black with white spots over the entire body. There is a mottled phase in which the body is patches of yellow and patches of the black and white speckled pattern. The third phase, called the Golden Puffer is yellow. It very rarely changes phases while living inĀ an aquarium.

The Arothron Puffer lacks pelvic fins, but is very maneuverable, using its pectoral, dorsal, and anal fins. Instead of "teeth," it has a fused beak-like structure which it uses to crush prey.

A 125 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium is suitable. It will eat invertebrates found in a reef tank. It becomes alarmed when in a net, therefore, use a container to transfer it.

The Arothron Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3 1/2"; Medium: 3 1/2" to 5"; Large: 5" to 7" X Large: 7" to 9" XX Large: 9" to 11"


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  SW - Arothron Puffer, Blue/White, Female (Costa Rica) - Small
  CN-73291,  $ 149.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Blue/White, Female (Costa Rica) - Medium
  CN-73304,  $ 169.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Blue/White, Female (Costa Rica) - Large
  CN-73317,  $ 199.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Blue/White, Female (Costa Rica) - X Large
  CN-76646,  $ 349.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Golden, Male (Hawaii) - Small
  CN-80707,  $ 349.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Golden, Male (Hawaii) - Medium
  CN-73330,  $ 399.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Golden, Male (Hawaii) - Large
  CN-80708,  $ 449.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Golden, Male (Africa) - XLarge
  CN-81042,  $ 599.99
 
    
  SW - Arothron Puffer, Golden, Male (Costa Rica) - XX Large
  CN-76647,  $ 549.99
 
    
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