Dwarf puffer fish (Carinotetraordon Travancoricus) also known as malabar puffer fish and dwarf indian puffer. It’s a very fascinating fish. It is highly intelligent and capable of identifying their owner. You can see that the way their behavior changes whenever you go near your aquarium as they tend to follow your every move whenever you come close.
In this article I’m going to have a look at how to take care of this small yet very complex fish breed.
Like I mentioned earlier they are a highly intelligent fish species so they tend to get bored so easily. Therefore make sure they have a plenty of places to hide and enough space to roam around inside your aquarium. Also keep it well planted. Your fish tank should contain at least 10 gallons of water. Make sure to add 5 gallons more for each and every new dwarf puffer fish that you introduce to your aquarium.
They are a territorial fish breed and tend to get aggressive time to time. As such it is of utmost importance that you give enough space so each male dwarf puffer fish could set up his own territory.
Be sure to clean your tank often. They love clean water so doing water changes at regular intervals helps getting rid of organic debris and keeping ammonia levels to a minimum. Even a slightest accumulation of ammonia can be deadly for them.
They prefer pH levels between 7.0 – 7.8 and temperature around 78 °F (26 °C).
They are a carnivorous fish and they would like to nip on the fins and tails of other more docile fish. Therefore introducing them to tanks that house slow swimming fish is not recommended. You can feed them with live food such as grindal worms, black worms, white worms, blood worms, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and a variety of snails. In case you don’t want to deal with live food, dwarf puffers do eat prepared food such as flake and pellets although they enjoy eating live food.
They can be highly aggressive during the mating so be sure to maintain 2 to 1 male to female ratio when adding new dwarf puffer fish to your aquarium in order to avoid females getting chased. Fighting among dwarf puffer fish is not fairly common but can occur time to time. If it happens you spot an injured fish be sure to move it to a separate tank immediately. If not then his tank mates would start nibbling at his wounds until he dies.