Scientific Name: Tetraodon fluviatilis
Please note – The image used above is for illustration purposes only; Size, colour and sex may vary. Many of our livestock species are sold as juveniles and have not yet reached their full size and colour potential. If you have any concerns about the size or colour of the livestock you wish to order, please contact our livestock team via our support centre before placing your order. Due to the large quantities of livestock orders daily, the livestock team will are unable to select fish / shrimp to meet specific gender or aesthetic needs.
Approximate purchase size : 5- 6cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.
How easy are they to care for?
We would class these as an advanced level of care
What is Brackish water?
Brackish waters are located on where river systems meet the sea, this creates a habitat with some unique and wonderful creatures. A subsequent cause of this is that any of these species kept within the private aquarium require more specific water conditions, culminating in the addition of a small amount of marine salts to recreate their natural surroundings. At All Pond Solutions we keep all brackish fish in an environment of 1.005 SG (see below). Brackish species cannot be kept with the general community fish such as Tetras, Rainbows, Catfish and Gourami. For more information please read our introductory blog on Brackish species.
How large can they grow?
17cm is the largest, but this is rare in aquariums.
Required Specific Gravity:
1.005 - 1.010
Where in the world are they from?
India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia.
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Ideally kept alone.
What water conditions do they require?
Temperatures of 24-28°C and pH of 7.8-9.0. Keep in mind the specific gravity of salt required for brackish species of 1.005 - 1.010.
What should you feed them?
Shellfish are essential for all puffers to help mimick the natural processes requried to keep the teeth/beaks short. Snails, Crabs legs, worms and frozen foods are greedily accepted.
How compatible are they with other fish?
Not suited for general community. It will often harass and nip the fins of tankmates, especially if they are slow-moving or have long fins. In a large aquarium, possible choices include robust, active species such as scats and archerfish
Can they be bred in captivity?
Not known to have been bred by the hobyist.