Arothron Dogface Puffer *QUARANTINED*

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Arothron Dogface Puffer (LARGE)
CARE LEVEL TEMPERAMENT DIET
REEF SAFE
Intermediate Semi-Aggressive
Carnivore
NO
PURCHASE SIZE MAX SIZE
ORIGIN
TANK SIZE

Approx: 6"

1'
INDO 150g
SG
TEMPERATURE
dKH
pH
1.020-1.025 72-78F
8-12
8.1-8.4
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Arothron nigropunctatus

This fish may change appearance during different times of life. It is very rare for this species to change phases in a home aquarium. While in the gray stages, it is typically seen as gray with black markings. The pectoral fins often have a yellow appearance. The half-yellow stage is appreciated for its colored yellow underbelly and darker gray overcoat, while the face remains the same. 

The Dogface Puffer Fish, scientifically known as Arothron nigropunctatus, is a striking marine species renowned for its vibrant coloration and distinctive features. This species belongs to the Tetraodontidae family, commonly referred to as pufferfish, which encompasses a diverse range of species found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.

As its name suggests, the Dogface Puffer Fish exhibits a yellowish hue on its ventral side, complemented by a mottled pattern of dark spots and lines that adorn its body. Its dorsal side often showcases shades of green, brown, or gray, contributing to its overall camouflage in its natural habitat.

One of the most notable characteristics of this pufferfish is its distinct facial appearance, resembling that of a canine or dog-like expression, hence the name "Dogface." Its elongated snout and large, expressive eyes give it a unique charm that distinguishes it from other species within its family.

In terms of size, the Dogface Puffer Fish typically reaches lengths of up to 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 centimeters) in captivity, although some specimens may grow larger in the wild. Its body is robust and somewhat box-shaped, with thick, leathery skin covering it, providing protection against predators.

Like other pufferfish, the Dogface possesses the remarkable ability to inflate its body when threatened, turning into a round, spiky ball to deter potential predators. This defense mechanism, coupled with its toxic flesh containing tetrodotoxin, makes it an unappetizing meal for most would-be attackers.

In aquarium settings, the Dogface Puffer Fish requires a spacious tank with ample hiding spots and plenty of room to swim. Despite its charming appearance, it can be aggressive towards tankmates, especially smaller fish and invertebrates. Therefore, careful consideration must be taken when selecting suitable tank companions.

Overall, the Dogface Puffer Fish is a fascinating and visually captivating species prized by marine enthusiasts for its unique appearance and intriguing behaviors, making it a prized addition to marine aquariums around the world. However, its care requirements and potential aggression necessitate responsible ownership to ensure its well-being and the harmony of the aquarium ecosystem.

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