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Dwarf puffer fish

Dwarf puffer fish

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The dwarf pufferfish, or Tetraodon travancoricus, is a small species of pufferfish native to South Asia, more specifically the fresh waters of rivers and streams of India. Also known as the pygmy pufferfish, this fascinating little fish is loved by aquarists for its compact size, cute appearance, and unique behavior.

To ensure the optimal well-being of the dwarf pufferfish in an aquarium, it is essential to have a natural environment. These fish prefer slightly acidic to neutral fresh water, with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5, and a water temperature maintained between 24°C and 28°C. A well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding places, roots and rocks will provide a stimulating and secure environment for these small fish.

In terms of behavior, dwarf pufferfish are territorial and sometimes aggressive creatures, especially towards their conspecifics and other fish that share their space. They may also be shy and prefer to stay hidden most of the time. It is therefore recommended to keep them alone or in small groups in an aquarium adapted to their size.

When it comes to diet, dwarf pufferfish are strict carnivores, feeding primarily on live or frozen prey such as worms, crustaceans, and small insects. They need a varied and balanced diet to meet their nutritional needs and to avoid health problems linked to a monotonous diet.

It's important to note that dwarf pufferfish have toothed beaks that are constantly growing, so they need hard chewing materials, such as mollusc shells or rocks, to help them wear down their teeth naturally.

In summary, the dwarf pufferfish is a fascinating species that requires specific care to thrive in captivity. With proper attention to the aquarium environment, diet and behavior, these little fish can be charming and intriguing additions to any freshwater aquarium.
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