Dog Face Puffer

Dog Face Puffer

The Dog Face Puffer leaves little to the imagination in regards to understanding how it received its name. Looking remarkably like a dog, this puffer has one of the most noticeable and unique personalities of all marine fish. This fish does alter in colouration, however its most common form is a grey body with black spots and markings, and yellow fins and markings around the mouth. 

When this puffer is in its natural environment it is almost always discovered within reefs and mangrove swamps. In order to home this messy eater comfortably, a 500 litre aquarium is required at an absolute minimum. Additionally, the system to this aquarium will need to have a effective protein skimmer and filtration. Furthermore, this fish will not be suitable for those reef tanks as it is known to nip at corals and clean up crew members. 

It is also a wise decision to create a variety of caves and overhangs within your rock word when deciding to add this fish, as it will commonly be found hiding in a cave or sitting on a rock or overhang. 

This puffer has to be offered a broad diet, including a range of meaty foods , such as clams, squid, prawns, and hard shellfish to help grind down their continuously growing teeth.

Minimum Tank Size500 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1' 1"
Colour Form: Black, Tan
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Tetraodontidae
Origin: Indonesia, Solomon Islands

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. Our puffer was the best addition to the tank! He has so much personality; he swims right up to the glass and parades in front of us! He also eats right out of our hands (his favorite – krill). He’s always the talk of our guests!

  2. This is my favorite puffer! He acts just like a puppy when he sees me come home or awake in the morning. He greets me like a dolphin does with his nose and eyes bobbing up out of the water, his fins moving quickly, and his tail rolled to one side of his body in excitement! He even lets me pet the top of his head at this time, but I don’t touch him a lot for this hurts his protective coat. He gets along with a lot of other fish, as long as they are gentle. Stress is bad for this fish, he changes colors in anger and won’t eat for a while. When he’s really stressed, he puffs up. He’s easy to care for and very loving.

  3. The best puffer I have ever owned by far! I have had him for the past 4 years. He gets along with all of my other fish even though he is much larger. Mine is very colorful with a solid yellow lower half and he will pretty much eat anything. He is messy as with all puffers but has so much character. He does a little dance up and down on the glass, comes up close when visitors walk in, and presses his “beak” on the glass and just chugs around until he is tired, at which time he will find a place to prop himself and fish watch. He will take shots at small inverts so do not be mistaken by the cuteness/kindness. I have found that keeping the fighting conch works best. They remain buried thru most of the day and their shell protects them extremely well from pick-off attempts.

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