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Saddle Valentini Puffer
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Saddle Valentini Puffer (Canthigaster valentini)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Blue, Orange, Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 4"
Origin Hawaii, Indonesia, Sumatra
Family Tetraodontidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Saddle Valentini Puffer, also known as the Black Saddle Pufferfish, Blacksaddled Toby, Valentini Toby, or Saddled Toby. Members of the Canthigaster genus are called Sharp-nosed Puffers or Tobies. The Saddle Valentini Puffer is a bright and colorful fish with dark brown bands across the midsection, brownish-orange spotting on the lower half, yellow fins, and blue striping running along the back. It lacks pelvic fins, but has learned to use the pectoral fins to move about the aquarium.

A 30 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium is suitable. It may eat invertebrates found in a reef tank. Its teeth are actually a fused beak-like structure.

Parts of its flesh are poisonous. It has the ability, when threatened or alarmed, to inflate its body to almost twice its normal size. It becomes alarmed when netted, therefore, use a container to transfer it.

The Saddle Valentini 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; 1" to 2" Medium; 2" to 3" Large; 3" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Anna M Anoka , MN
This little guy seems to get along with everything in my tank. I have tangs, angels and another dwarf puffer and they all seems to like him. He is a little slower than they are though and sometimes has trouble competing for food. Over-all a great fish! I've had mine 4 years.
Braydan H Marseilles , IL
Mine gets along the best with the tangs in my tank. I never see this fish hide.
Cory B Spring , TX
This guy is a joy to have in my tank. He gets along great with both of my tangs.
Michelle P San Antonio , TX
Love these little guys. I have two tanks and one in each. He is very friendly and gets along with everyone (tangs, angels and clowns. He will eat algae strips from my fingers.
Debbie M Canton , IL
My favorite fish, for sure! So cute, looks at you with those eyes. Mine sleeps in corner of my tank in vertical position, head up. First time I saw him I thought he was dead. LOL Gets along with my crabs and snails. Have had no issues but I make sure to feed him twice a day. I feed mine frozen krill or shrimp. It loves it.
Heather S Mt Orab , OH
I have had my Valentini Puffer for a month now and it is an awesome fish. It just strolls around all day through the live rock and looks great. So far it is getting along with all the other fish. I love that it is so social and the colors are gorgeous. I recommend this for any tank that does not have too large or overly aggressive fish.
Allison M New Orleans , LA
I also love my Little puffer . He is so friendly that he swims to the front of the glass and looks in the bowl t see what I have prepared for him, like a dog. Loves his Bloodworms the most!!!!
Saif Khan Ashburn , VA
It's a fun fish to watch. He follows me around when he sees me thinking I'll give him food. He is friendly with all fish in the tank. Excellent fish to have!!!
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