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Scribbled Arothron Puffer
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Scribbled Arothron Puffer (Arthron mappa)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Tan, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 2' 2"
Origin Africa, Indonesia
Family Tetraodontidae
Minimum Tank Size 300 gallons
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The Scribbled Arothron Puffer, also known as the Scribbled Toadfish and Map Puffer, has a very distinct and vivid appearance. The main color ranges from light tans to dark yellows and it has a network of black "scribbles" covering the body, forming an intricate pattern. It lacks pelvic fins, but has learned to use the pectoral fins to move about the aquarium.

It has the ability to inflate its body to almost twice its normal size when threatened or alarmed to discourage others from trying to eat it. Parts of the flesh are poisonous if digested. Its teeth are actually a fused beak-like structure.

A 300 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. It will generally live peacefully with other fish, even other Puffers. It will eat invertebrates found in a reef tank, as well as corals, and even aquarium apparatus. It becomes alarmed when in a net, therefore, use a container to transfer it.

The Scribbled 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: Tiny 3/4" to 1-1/4" Small; 1 1/4" to 2-3/4" Medium; 3-1/4" to 4-1/4"; Medium/Large: 4-1/4" to 5-1/4"; Large; 5-1/4" to 7"

Customer Testimonials

Robert H. Onuma Elk River , MN
I love my Scribbled Puffer. He is happy, peaceful and a great entertainer. He is also a good eater, and mine has been growing by a 1/2 inch every month. Since he is a very messy eater like any other puffers, I would recommend to have a good protein skimmer and peaceful tankmates (i.e. Yellow or Naso tangs) that eat and clean up food mess. In addition, I recommend feeding a Scribbled puffer 'cockles in a shell' once a week to prevent teeth from over-growing.
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