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Humpback Puffer

Humpback Puffer

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
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Common name:Humpback Puffer, Palembang puffer
Scientific name:Pao palembangensis
Synonyms:Tetraodon palembangensis
Size:8" (20cm)
Tank setup:Provide cover in the form of rocks and plants, with subdued lighting.
Compatibility:An ambush predator which must not be kept with small fishes. Not usually agressive towards other species of fish larger than themselves, but probably best kept in a species tank.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistry:Freshwater, medium hard and neutral to alkaline.
Feeding:Live and frozen meaty foods: cockles, prawns and mussels, earthworms, snails.
Breeding:A substrate spawner, which may use caves. The male looks after the eggs.
Comments: An unusual looking puffer, which due to its 'hide and wait' ambush tactics, is not generally as active as some of the more commonly kept species. They are territorial with their own kind, but several can be kept in a spacious tank with plenty of decor, which should only result in occasional sparring rather than serious aggression. This species is not imported often.

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