Black-spotted Puffer ~ Hush Puppy PufferFamily: TetraodontidaeArothron nigropunctatusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
This is a favorite among the puffers, probably because the Dog-faced Puffer or Black-spotted Puffer looks like such a nice guy, look at that face!
The Dog-faced Puffer or Black-spotted Puffer are often exported from asia as juveniles. They make a special pet that can recognize their care givers and become visibly excited when given attention. Make sure you have a fairly large aquarium if you plan on growing this one up, it can reach up to 16" (40 cm)!
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Puffers have strong teeth that grow throughout their lives. They need to be offered hard shelled live food often to keep their teeth worn down. For a better explanation and links to the practice of puffer dentistry (if needed) please read here. Because they eat a meaty diet and are often messy eaters, puffers will produce a large bio load on the biological filter of your aquarium requiring frequent water changes and good maintenance practices.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Dog-faced Puffer or Black-spotted Puffer are found in the Indo-Pacific. Islands of Micronesia and Samoa to East Africa. This is a species found on or near coral reefs.
Foods: Puffers are primarily predatory fish in the wild, though they do graze on algae as well. Acceptable foods include shellfish, crustaceans and hard shelled foods such as snails. A large variety of all kinds of live and frozen meaty foods are best. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day. Some of the suggested frozen foods include prawn, crabs/crabs legs, bloodworms (live or frozen), blackworms (live or frozen), silversides, and mussels. Be sure to wash these foods thoroughly before feeding. Live foods can include snails, crabs, crayfish, shrimp (these are good for keeping their teeth trimmed), and earthworms. Live fish will also be eaten but it is thought it may cause problems such as 'fatty" liver and so should be fed sparingly or not at all.. Puffers are not picky eaters and will quickly become adapted to a variety of prepared aquarium foods and an occasional algae wafer. Flake food is not recommended. Even though they may eat it, puffers will not thrive on it.