Dog Face Puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) Care
The Dog Face Puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, is also known as the Blackspotted Puffer. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. Their coloration changes throughout their lives. During the gray phase, the body is gray with black spots and darker coloring around the mouth and fins. During the yellow phase, the body is yellow and gray with darker coloring around the mouth and fins. These fish lack pelvic fins and use the pectoral fins for movement.
They are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as pieces of clams, krill, squid, shrimp, and fish.
Dog Face Puffers grow up to lengths greater than a foot long and require an aquarium of at least 150 gallons with live rock caves and crevices and wide-open swimming areas. They are peaceful fish and should be kept with other peaceful fish. They will get along with other puffers.
These fish are not reef safe.
NOTE: Pufferfish will puff up when stressed or to scare away potential predators. Do not intentionally cause a pufferfish to do this as it is very stressful on their body and can actually cause them to become ill and die. If you need to transfer a puffer, please use a container vs. a net to catch and transport them.