Aquarium Puffers Species > Quick Stats
Puffers are opportunistic omnivores; they eat most anything and everything. In the wild they feed on all types of invertebrates, algae and carrion. Very important is the inclusion of greenery in their diets; live algae is best, but a prepared green food on the bottom will do.
Of species known, puffers spawn in warmer months, a courted female releasing her eggs near the bottom, being fertilized by a male above her as they rise.
In captivity, they soon learn to "do the dance" of getting us to feed them frequently and too much. Be aware of how much food you're throwing in, even though "it seems so hungry".
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Some Puffers live best in brackish water and are best kept with other Brackish Water Fish such as Silver Needle Nose Gars, Archer Fish, Monos, Scats, White Tip Shark Cats, and the Fan Dancer Goby. Other species of Puffer Fish live best in freshwater with very little salt and do best with fast swimming fish such as Barbs, Danios, Rainbow Fish, and Sharks. Crabs and Shrimps are usually eaten by Puffers.
Aquarium Puffers Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Puffer Fish Q/A
- Puffers have a unique and comical way of swimming.
- Puffers often nip at the fins of other Puffer and other species of fish. This nipping can be minimized by keeping puffers very well fed.
- Some species of Puffer Fish live best in freshwater, some other species live best in brackish water, and some Puffers live best in marine or sea water.
- Puffers "puff up" to varying extents in response to threatening situations.
- All are missing lower ribs; the puffers foregoing other bony body parts and scales as well.
Aquarium Puffers Species: DO'S - Puffer Fish Q/A
- Puffers have uniquely powerful beaks, that they use to crack open snail shells, and puffers love to eat small aquatic snails such as rams horn snails.
Aquarium Puffers Species: DONT'S - Puffer Fish Q/A
- Don't keep them with snails if you want the snails to live.
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