Green Spotted Puffer (Dichotomyctere Nigroviridis)
The Green Spotted Puffer, scientifically known as Dichotomyctere Nigroviridis, is a captivating brackish water fish native to Southeast Asia. This species is renowned for its vibrant green body adorned with dark spots, lending it a unique and attractive appearance.
Green Spotted Puffers are known for their ability to inflate their bodies when threatened, a characteristic trait of the puffer family. They also possess a unique ability to move their eyes independently, allowing them to scrutinize their surroundings without needing to shift its body. These unique adaptations contribute to their captivating character and appeal.
This species reaches a maximum size of about 6.7 inches, making it a medium-sized puffer. Green Spotted Puffers are known for their aggressive nature and are best kept in a species-specific tank. They are not recommended for community tanks due to their tendency to nip at the fins of other fish.
Green Spotted Puffers are carnivorous, with a preference for hard-shelled foods like snails and clams, which help grind down their continuously growing teeth. They also enjoy a variety of other foods, such as bloodworms, blackworms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and krill.
A well-decorated aquarium with ample swimming space is essential for the Green Spotted Puffer. They appreciate a complex layout of decor to explore, as well as ample swimming room. A mature aquarium with a soft sand substrate, preferably fine coral sand, is recommended to maintain hard and alkaline water conditions. Use smooth rocks, large shells, driftwood tangles, and dense clusters of sturdy plants to create numerous hiding places.
Green Spotted Puffers thrive in brackish water with a specific gravity of 1.005-1.008. They require a minimum tank size of 40 gallons, with an additional 10 gallons for each additional puffer. Their ideal water parameters are a pH of 7.5-8.5, hardness of 9-19 dGH, and a temperature of 77-82°F (25-28°C).
Green Spotted Puffers are not suitable for every aquarist due to their specific care requirements and aggressive nature. However, for those who can provide the necessary care and environment, owning a Green Spotted Puffer can be a rewarding experience.
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