The Porcupine Puffer is one of the most well known marine fish by not only aquarists but individuals worldwide. Its body consists of many spikes which dress its entire body. Its actual body colour can vary greatly, from light grey to a variety tan colours, and usually have some dark patchy areas. Additionally, this puffer holds teeth that are formed into a beak that can be used to crush shellfish when eating.
In order to home this messy eater, 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.
The Porcupine Puffer is able to suck in water and inflate its body by about 100% and force its spikes outward, when it feels threatened. It must also be notes that this fish has poisonous flesh, and if digested by another fish it will be extremely harmful to them.
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.
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