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 Puffer Fish

Puffers are comical looking fish, especially when they are “puffed up” and look like a ball with fins. By rapidly swallowing water or air, they are able to expand their bodies up to 2 times their normal size in order to deter predators. Many species also have spines covering their body as added protection. Although most Puffers are not very colorful, they make up for it with their character and personality. When kept in an aquarium, Puffers quickly adapt and recognize their owners and will always be “begging” for a meal. Puffers come from warmer ocean waters around the world where they feed mainly on crustaceans and mollusks. They have specialized teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crush the hard shells of their prey. Puffers vary in size – the smaller species only growing to 3 inches and the largest reaching over 2 feet in length. Puffers are generally hardy and do best in large tanks with lots of swimming space and some rocky décor for shelter. Larger species definitely require an efficient filtration system along with frequent water changes to deal with the large amounts of food consumed and waste produced.

Puffers will eat all types of food and should be fed a variety of meaty foods such as shrimp, fish, clams, etc., along with a supplement of vegetable fare to provide necessary nutrients. It is also important to provide hard shelled crabs, mussels, and shellfish in their diet to wear down their teeth and prevent them from overgrowing. Puffers are semi-aggressive and should be kept one per tank. They will eat smaller fishes and should not be housed with any delicate slow-moving species.

 Blue/White Female Arothron Puffer
Arothron meleagris (Hawaii and Africa)
Description: The Blue/White Arothron Puffer is also called the Guinea Fowl Puffer, and the Blue Spotted Puffer. It is deep blue to black in color with white spots over its body. The Arothron is very maneuverable, even though it has no pelvic fins it moves about with the pectoral, dorsal and anal fins. Like all puffers instead of teeth, it has a fused beak structure which it uses it to crush its food. When first introduced into the aquarium this can be a somewhat shy species, requiring a large tank with plenty of shelter and tankmates that aren't too aggressive. Do not keep this in smaller tanks, it does not like confined spaces and will never adapt in such a situation. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When threatened or stressed, the The Blue/White Arothron Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Blue/White Arothron Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility.
Recommended Tank size: A 125 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Arothron Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the Arothron puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping this large a Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.
Food and diet:The Arothron Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Note: This fish may or may not be in our regular aquarium stock and if not will be obtained from one of our quality suppliers. Therefore it may require two weeks to ship out.
Approximate Purchase Size: Large: 5" to 7" X Large: 7" to 9" Showsize: 9" to 11"

Large $249.99 XLarge $349.99 Showsize$499.99
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 Arothron Golden Puffer, Male
Arothron melagros (Hawaii and Africa)
Description: The Golden Puffer is also called the Golden Fowl Puffer, and the Golden Guinea Fowl Puffer. It is deep golden yellow color . The Golden Puffer is very maneuverable, even though it has no pelvic fins it moves about with the pectoral, dorsal and anal fins. Like all puffers instead of teeth, it has a fused beak structure which it uses it to crush its food. When first introduced into the aquarium this can be a somewhat shy species, requiring a large tank with plenty of shelter and tank mates that aren't too aggressive. Do not keep this in smaller tanks, it does not like confined spaces and will never adapt in such a situation. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse.
The Golden Puffer is semi aggressive towards other fish and is suitable for mostly fish only aquariums. A hardy fish once totally acclimated to its surroundings it needs minimum maintenance. When threatened or stressed, the The Golden Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Golden Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility.
Recommended Tank size: A 125 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Golden Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the golden puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Golden Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.
Food and diet:The Golden Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Note: This fish may or may not be in our regular aquarium stock and if not will be obtained from one of our quality suppliers. Therefore it may require two weeks to ship out.
Approximate Purchase Size: Large: 5" to 7" X Large: 7" to 9" Showsize: 9" to 11"

Large $449.99 XLarge $599.99 Showsize$799.99
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Porcupine Puffer Fish
Diodon holocanthus
Description: Wild Porcupine puffer fish are widespread and can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, in the Pacific Ocean and in the Indian Ocean. Generally speaking, young Porcupine puffer fish are pelagic while adult specimens prefer to stay inshore. The Porcupine puffer fish is an egg-laying species and breed in pelagic waters. They do not guard their offspring. It is important to keep in mind that the spines on your Porcupine puffer fish are very sharp and capable of injuring careless aquarists. In some Porcupine puffer fish species, the spines will only be erect when the fish is puffed up.
Recommended Tank size: A 90 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.
Food and diet:The Porcupine Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5" ; XLarge: 5" to 6-1/2"; Show 7" to 9"

Small $34.99 Medium $44.99 Large $59.99 XLarge $129.99 Show $199.99
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 Spiney Box Puffer Fish
Chilomycterus schoepfi
Description: The Spiny Box Puffer is also known as the Striped Burrfish. Its body is yellow in colour and it has a tan with dark striping over it. The Spiny Box Puffer has short, fixed spines which help protect it from larger, more aggressive fish. Its teeth resemble a fused beak. It uses its powerful teeth to feed primarily on hard-shelled mollusks, sponges and coral. The Spiny Box Puffer differs from its cousin the Porcupine Puffer in its physical structure. Its spines are always erect whereas in porcupine puffer, they lay against the body until they inflate. The Spiny Box Puffer is slow to adjust to aquarium life therefore it is more difficult to keep than the Porcupine Puffer. The Spiny Box Puffer has the ability to inflate its body with water or air, it does this process to intimidate predators. Once it inflates its body, it would appear twice its original size. This ploy would be done by this fish as a last resort only, because it would lose all its maneuverability in the water. It is a nocturnal hunter, just like other puffers. The Spiny Box Puffer would nip at slow-moving fish and long-finned fish, but is not aggressive with others in its own family. It will eat invertebrates found in a reef tank. So it is not well suited to the reef aquarium.
Recommended Tank size: A 90 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.
Food and diet:The Porcupine Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Level of Care: Difficult, no guarantee beyond live arrival due to difficult nature.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"

Small $34.99 Medium $44.99 Large $59.99
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 Scribbled Mappa Puffer
Arothron mappa (Africa)
Description: The Scribbled Mappa Puffer is not often available. When available jump on this beauty as they are hard to find. The Scribbled Mappa Puffer, has a very distinct appearance. The main color ranges from light tan to a yellow with a artistic scribbled black pattern throughout the body. Like all puffers, it lacks any pelvic fins, but has learned to use the pectoral fins to move about the aquarium. The Scribbled Mappa Puffer is semi aggressive towards other fish and is suitable for mostly fish only aquariums.

The Scribbled Mappa Puffer is a hardy fish and it needs minimum maintenance. When threatened or stressed, the The Scribbled Mappa Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Scribbled Mappa Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility.
Once adjusted to aquarium life, the The Scribbled Mappa Puffer does great, but it is slower to adapt than other members of the genus. This puffer is typically not aggressive. When first introduced into the aquarium this is a shy species, requiring a shelter or hiding place. Do not keep this fish in smaller tanks, it does not like confined spaces and will never adapt in such a situation.
Recommended Tank size: A 180 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse.
Food and diet: The Scribbled Mappa Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: Medium; 3-1/4" to 4-1/4"; Medium/Large: 4-1/4" to 5-1/4"; Large; 5-1/4" to 7"

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 Stars and Stripes Puffer
Arothron hispidus
Description: Easily recognizable due to its colors and pattern, the Stars and Stripes Puffer is called the Starry Puffer, and is light grey in colour with small white starlike spots. Hence the name. The upper sides of the body and caudal fin is a silver grey to white color and is covered in an array of starry spots. The lower half is golden color with white to pale blue lines, hence the term stripes. The Stars and Stripes Puffer is a medium sized fish. It possesses concentric white and dark grey lines around their eyes. The Juveniles of this variety are found in weedy estuaries, whereas the Adults exhibit the territorial trait. The Stars and Stripes Puffer is semi aggressive towards other fish. The Stars and Stripes Puffer is suitable for mostly fish only aquariums.

The Stars and Stripes Puffer is a hardy fish and it needs minimum maintenance. When threatened or stressed, the Stars and Stripes Puffer has the quality of doubling its original size to protect itself from predators. It should not be exposed to air while puffing, as the ingested air is too tough to expel. Forcing this fish to repeatedly puff may result in the death of this fish. The Stars and Stripes Puffer would exhibit this characteristic as only a last resort, because it would lose its total mobility.
Recommended Tank size: A 120 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the golden puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Golden Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.
Food and diet: The Stars and Stripes Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 5"; Large: 5" to 8"
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 Narrow-Lined Puffer
arothron manilensis
Description: The Narrow-Lined Puffer, arothron manilensis is a small sized fish which grows up to only about 10 inches in the ocean, smaller in the aquarium Its body is oval shape, spherical et relatively elongated. The skin is not covered with scales. The fish has no pelvic fin and no lateral line.The dorsal fin and the anal fin are small, symmetric and located at the end of the body. Its snout is short with two pairs of nostrils and its mouth is terminal with four strong teeth.The background coloration is whitish to grey with brown horizontal lines, all the fins are yellowish and semi-translucide except the caudal fin which is opaque and outlined with black. Black blotch more or less circular at the base of the pectoral fin.
Recommended Tank size: A 120 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with a good protein skimmer is suitable. Once it is fully adjusted to the aquarium it is a hardy fish that can do great in a large tank with bold fishes such as triggers, groupers and larger wrasse. When the Puffer fish is introduced into the tank, owing to its shy nature, it tries to hide itself. So a crevice or a cave provided in the tank makes the golden puffer comfortable to adapt itself, in course of time it comes out and spends more time in open. We should not do the mistake of keeping the Golden Puffer in smaller tanks as close, confined space makes it difficult, to adjust itself to the new surroundings.
Food and diet:The Narrow-Lined Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Level of Care: We guarantee that ALL aquariam species offered will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this species marked advance aquarist , they have been designated as "Advanced Aquarist Species," and Aquatic Connection cannot guarantee success after arrival. 
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4-1/4"; Large: 4-1/2 to 5-1/2"

Small $29.99 Medium $39.99 Large $59.99
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 Spotted Puffer
Canthigaster jactator (Hawaii)
Description: Easily recognized with its total covering of white spots over a reddish brown background, the Spotted puffer is a fun saltwater puffer perfect for the smaller aquarium. Totally lacking pelvic fins, the Spotted Puffer is able to use its pectoral fins to move about the aquarium with ease.
Recommended Tank size: A 50 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with live rock and rock rubble and sandy areas will make the perfect aquarium for this beauty of the sea.
Food and diet:The diet includes a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Level of Care: We guarantee that ALL aquariam species offered will arrive alive
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3-1/4"

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 Fiji Blue Dot Bennetti Puffer
Canthigaster bennetti
Description: The Bennetti Puffer is also called Fiji Blue Dot Puffer, Bennett's Toby Puffer, the Roseband Sharpnose Puffer, Roseband Toby and also the Exquisite Toby Puffer. In the ocean the Bennetti inhabits open sand slopes and rubble zones located in the reef flats and sheltered lagoon areas. Bennetti Puffers make great aquarium fish, they have lots of personality and are very easy to maintain. Keep only one per tank. Great choice for a fish only aquarium.
Recommended Tank size: A 50 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium with live rock and rock rubble and sandy areas will make the perfect aquarium for this beauty of the sea.
Food and diet:The diet includes a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3"

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  Saddle Valentini Puffer
Canthigaster valentini
Description: The Saddle Valentini Puffer is also known as Valentini's Sharpnose Puffer , Valentini Puffer, Black Saddle Puffer fish, Black saddled Toby, Valentini Toby, or Saddled Toby. The Saddle Valentini Puffer is often thought of as a very cute Puffer. These puffers are white with brown saddel bands which resemble dripping paint and many small spots. Their eyes are bright and inquisitive in nature. It has four distinct black stripes (saddles) on its back. The tail and fins show hints of yellow .The Saddle Valentini Puffer will do well in a fish-only aquarium.
Recommended Tank size: A 30 gallon or larger, fish-only aquarium is suitable.
Food and diet:The diet includes a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Reef Compatability: Reef Compatability: It is not well-suited to the reef aquarium as it is likely to eat many types of sessile invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: Medium; 2" to 3"

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